How to Improve Google Core Web Vitals on WordPress

If you have a WordPress site, you understand the value of a top-notch user experience. It impacts your conversion rate, your subscriber count, your ad views, your search engine rankings, and more.

And poor core web vitals can negatively impact that user experience.

But what exactly are core web vitals? Why are they so important? And how can you improve WordPress core web vitals? Let’s take a look.

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WP Super Cache Joins the Jetpack Family

Over the last 15 years, WP Super Cache has become one of the most popular WordPress plugins, helping improve performance for more than two million sites for free. It was created in 2007 by Automattic developer Donncha Ó Caoimh.

“WP Super Cache is a great plugin for handling caching needs, but there is an opportunity to make it more useful for a wider variety of sites. I have been working on the plugin for 15 years, and it’s time to hand it over to a new team. Jetpack will be able to put much more effort and time into the plugin than I ever could, and I’m excited to see what becomes of it,” said Donncha.

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How to Add & Use a CDN in WordPress (Full Setup Guide)

There are a lot of ways to speed up a website, but one of the most effective is using a Content Delivery Network (CDN). A CDN stores copies of your site, or select content, on a network of servers, then sends that content to your visitors’ computers from the server that can do it the fastest. This is usually one nearest to them geographically. 

Using a content delivery network distributes your server’s workload — meaning your site loads faster and more reliably while reducing the resources used by your hosting plan. 

Because there are so many options, the question isn’t really whether you should use a CDN for your WordPress site, but which one to use and how to integrate it with WordPress. 

Some CDNs are free. Others come with hefty fees. Some require advanced technical knowledge to set up and others are built for WordPress and can be easily integrated with a plugin.

The point is that not all CDNs are the same. Below, you’ll learn how to choose the right CDN for WordPress and how to install it. Then, we’ll discuss the benefits of using a CDN and answer some frequently asked questions.

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How to Eliminate Render-Blocking Resources in WordPress

When someone tries to visit a page on your site, they enter the URL in their browser, which immediately goes to work. To load the page, it has to “render” all of the elements that make up that page. 

But sometimes, there are CSS or JavaScript files that pause this process, preventing your content from rendering — these are called render-blocking resources. This means that visitors may experience long wait times, which can negatively impact how people perceive your organization and whether they take the actions you’d like. 

In this post, we’ll explain what render-blocking resources are and discuss the benefits of removing them from your site. Then, we’ll show you how to eliminate them in five different ways. 

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How to Fix Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) on WordPress

Search engine optimization (SEO) is an ever-changing game without an instruction manual. There’s much more to optimization than just adding keywords into your content. Search engines like Google also take into account indicators of a quality, safe web experience — like how fast your site loads, how easy it is for visitors to interact with it, and more. 

Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) is a metric used by Google to measure how much a web page rearranges as it loads. A site that moves significantly — causing users to click the wrong link or have trouble reading content — provides a bad user experience and is frowned upon by Google. 

Reviewing your site’s CLS score and other Core Web Vitals can help you identify ways to improve its overall health and, in turn, boost your rankings!

This article will explain the causes of CLS, why you should minimize it, and some methods to reduce it. 

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How to Improve First Input Delay (FID) in WordPress

As your site traffic increases, you’ll want to ensure that things continue to run smoothly. If visitors have to wait more than a few seconds for your page to load, they’ll likely leave your site and may never come back.

Fortunately, there are some simple tests to evaluate your performance and, if improvements are needed, there are solutions that can almost immediately improve your loading times

In this post, we’ll discuss one aspect of site performance: First Input Delay. You’ll learn what it is, why it’s important, and how you can measure and improve the FID score on your WordPress site.

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Jetpack Search Improvements: Helping your visitors find more of what they are looking for

If you own a site or online store with lots of content or products, search is vital to ensure that your visitors find what they need quickly. For example, people on eCommerce sites are 2x more likely to purchase something when they search.

It’s not enough just to have a search box on your site; the quality of the search results can make or break your visitors’ experience. If visitors can’t find what they are looking for right away, chances are they will go elsewhere, and you will miss out on that purchase or engagement with your site.

The search experience you get out of the box with a self-hosted WordPress site is pretty basic. It is primarily designed to search over your blog and page archives; you either get a hit with your search or don’t.

We strongly recommend using a dedicated plugin like Jetpack Search for your site or store’s search experience.

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How to Improve Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) on WordPress

Measuring a website’s user experience (UX) can be a tough challenge. But that’s what Google’s attempting to do with the Core Web Vitals metrics. And scoring well on these is important because Google weighs user experience when determining search engine rankings. 

There are several metrics that are part of Core Web Vitals, and they could sound a bit intimidating. The good news is that there are several tools that make it easier to understand your score and how to improve. 

In this article, we’ll look at one particular metric: Largest Contentful Paint (LCP). This measures how long it takes your website to load the largest element that you see on the screen. 

We’ll discuss how it impacts the user experience and what causes a poor LCP score. Then, we’ll show you how to improve it.

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What is Website Monitoring and Why is it Important?

When running a business, websites are the centerpiece of everything you do. If your site stops working, you’ll miss out on customers or visitors. Your gateway to the world will be gone. 

That’s why it’s so important to constantly keep tabs on the health of your website. You want to know about any issues as soon as possible, so you can fix them before they become a big problem. But unfortunately, DIY monitoring is extremely time-consuming and virtually impossible for busy website owners. 

So let’s take a closer look at different types of website monitoring and why you need them, plus a few tools to automate the process.

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Clean Up The WordPress Media Library. Remove Unused Images

As your WordPress website grows, you may end up accumulating hundreds, if not thousands, of images. While hosts aren’t usually stingy when it comes to storage space, it still makes sense to clean up your website. If you don’t, you might find yourself with a massive collection of unused media files that can slow things down.

Fortunately, WordPress makes it easy to both upload and delete media files. That means there’s no excuse not to tidy up your image collection from time to time. Once you do, you should see your site running more smoothly and your workflows improved.

In this article, we’ll discuss why you may want to clean up your WordPress Media Library. We’ll then show you how to prepare for that process, two ways to do it, and some maintenance tips for when you’re finished. Let’s dive in!

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