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Google’s Page Experience Update: What It Is and What It Means for Your Website


In May 2020, Google announced that it would be rolling out a new user experience update — commonly called Page Experience update.

Google started rolling out this update in June 2021 and expects to complete it in August 2021. So far, the update will only affect mobile search results; the rollout for desktop search is in the pipelines as well. What’s so special about Page Experience update, and why is it so important?

Read on to learn more:

Page Experience Update 101

Understanding Core Web Vitals

1. Loading Experience

2. Interactivity

3. Virtual Stability

Page Experience: What It Means for Your Website

Final Thoughts: Google’s Page Experience Update — What You Need To Know

Page Experience Update 101

The Page Experience algorithm update introduces a new set of metrics — Core Web Vitals — that measure how users interact with a webpage. These parameters focus on creating an optimal user browsing experience.

Google assesses these parameters and gives the website a page experience score, which website owners can view on Search Console.

Understanding Core Web Vitals

As of writing, Google considers mobile-friendliness, website security and HTTPS usage to rank webpages in search results.

With the Page Experience update, Google will add three new user metrics that were highlighted by Google Chrome’s User Experience Report. These include:

1.Loading Experience

Loading experience is measured through the Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) — the time it takes for the most critical and relevant content to load. An LCP of less than 2.5 seconds is optimal.

An LCP higher than the optimal indicates problems with the website such as large images, limited web hosting bandwidth or multiple unnecessary files.

You can speed up your website to improve the loading experience by:

  • Optimizing images
  • Choosing a reliable and capable web host
  • Minifying CSS or JavaScript files

2. Interactivity

Interactivity is measured through First Input Delay (FID) — how long it takes for the page to respond to user input. The ideal FID is less than 100 milliseconds.

FID matters to some pages more than others. Login pages, sign-up pages and other pages that require user input require an optimal FID score.

Heavy reliance on JavaScript causes an increase in FID scores. Try to reduce the reliance on Javascript by consulting with a developer.

3. Virtual Stability

Virtual stability is measured through Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) — measure of website’s stability after the webpage loads. Aim for a CLS score below 0.1 for better stability.

If a webpage’s elements move around as the page loads, it indicates low virtual stability. Unlike other metrics, it’s difficult to pinpoint a reason for low virtual stability.

Common reasons include:

  • Slow computer
  • Poor internet connection
  • Problems with web font rendering
  • Unspecified image dimensions
  • To improve virtual stability on your end, ensure proper web font rendering and ample space for image elements.

Page Experience: What It Means for Your Website

As of writing, Google still regards information relevance as a top consideration for ranking on search engine page results.

With Page Experience, Google is adding user experience as a minor ranking factor. Specifically, it intends to use Page Experience as a tie-breaker between two similar websites.

To optimize your WordPress website for Page Experience, do a website audit to:

  • Check current page experience
  • Monitor website performance
  • Check mobile-friendliness and usability issues

For measuring your Core Web Vitals, you can also use Google Developer Tools. They will help you make the necessary tweaks to improve website performance.

Final Thoughts

Google will start rolling it out for mobile users worldwide in the upcoming days. The update for desktop users will follow soon too. Still, there is no need to panic.

Page experience is a minor ranking factor right now. You should, however, start working on it as Google desires to provide an optimal search experience to its users. A smooth user experience not only gets you on the first page on SERPs but also builds your brand.Part of a great website experience is choosing a reliable and capable web host.

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