Dec 1, 2020
(Not a stock image. Actual photo taken by me whilst snowshoeing. )
Before you (hopefully!) head out for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, we're squeezing out one last message before the holidays.
Keep reading to find out why Google's Core Web Vitals matter more than ever, what they measure (in case you need to catch up on that), and what we've done to help you track them. We've also rounded up lots of goodies from our friends in the performance community, including web trends from the HTTP Archive and case studies from our friends at BBC and Agrofy.
As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please let us know. Otherwise, see you in 2021!
Core Web Vitals to become a Google search ranking signal
Google recently announced that page experience signals will become a search ranking signal in May 2021. The new signals combine Core Web Vitals with existing search signals, including mobile-friendliness, safe-browsing, HTTPS-security, and intrusive interstitial guidelines.
New! Vitals dashboard
Just in time for the holidays, we're happy to bring you your new Vitals dashboard to help you get a jumpstart on tracking Core Web Vitals. The simplified first view lets you see where your numbers stand relative to Google's recommended thresholds. From here, you can expand each metric for more details to help troubleshoot.
First Input Delay: How vital is it?
First Input Delay (FID) is a Core Web Vital that shines a spotlight on how quickly your pages respond to user input. Cliff (@cliffcrocker) did some investigating to see what FID looks like in the real world, and how it correlates with user behaviour.
ICYMI: More support for Web Vitals
We've been monitoring Web Vitals for a while now. Here are some how-tos and best practices you may want to check out:
Chrome Dev Summit: Web Performance 101
This year I was invited by Google to deliver an "introduction to performance" workshop as part of Chrome Dev Summit. Chances are, you're pretty familiar with performance by now, so this talk might not be for you. It's aimed at anyone who wants an overview of first principles, so it might be just the thing to share with folks in your organization who are new to performance.
More good reads...
Some interesting and inspiring reads from our friends in the #webperf community:
See you in 2021!
Here at SpeedCurve HQ, we've been busy mapping out the new year, and we think you're going to like what we've got planned. Until then, from all of us, here's to a restful and recharging holiday season.