Core Web Vitals Fixes and WordPress Speed-Up

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AvatarTed Politidis Head of SEO

I have already optimized 150+ WordPress sites.
I can handle heavy installations and complex cases where in-depth technical knowledge is needed.

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All speed work is done in-house by me (Ted). No over-the-shoulder (Skype/Zoom/Teamviewer) sessions will be offered.

Which are currently the most important Core Web Vitals metrics

A web page's user experience is determined by a number of specific variables that Google considers vital. These factors are known as Core Web Vitals.

  1. Largest Contentful Paint (LCP): This gauges how quickly a webpage loads. The render time of the largest visible content element in the viewport is indicated. LCP should happen 2.5 seconds after the website loads in order to give users a positive experience.
  2. First Input Delay (FID) or INP: INP gauges responsiveness and interaction. It measures the amount of time consumers take to interact with the website for the first time—for example, by clicking a button or link. Pages should have a FID of less than 100 milliseconds for optimal user experience.
  3. Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS): CLS gauges the degree of content rearranging and visual stability throughout page load time. It measures the unanticipated layout changes that take place, which might irritate users—particularly if they lead them to mistakenly click on the incorrect piece. A excellent CLS score is one that is less than 0.1.

Because they directly affect user experience, these Core Web Vitals are essential. Websites that do well in these categories are more likely to appear higher in search results since Google utilizes them as ranking signals in its algorithm. They also assist website owners and developers in pinpointing areas that need to be improved in order to improve the overall user experience on their websites.

 

 

I don't do radical changes like theme rebuild or page rebuild because they take too long, have business impact and increase the project cost.

My approach is to work with what I have on the table.

I work with sites that run a reasonable number of plugins, (i.e., no more than 20 plugins for simple company presence, no more than 40 for Woocommerce sites).

No, and here is why:

  • Sucuri and BitNinja: too many restrictions and too slow, server-side IP blockers, timeouts, firewalls, captchas, etc.;
  • Google Cloud (too complex to do menial tasks);
  • Godaddy (terribly slow DNS);
  • Hostgator/Hostinger (server and database connection issues);
  • Amazon servers AWS (most of them are very slow);

Negative. The Ezoic ad network (Ezoic Ads) doesn't comply with modern page standards and it generates Core Web Vitals issues;

You will need to open a ticket and complain to Ezoic, for killing your website speed);

The estimate includes blanket optimization that normally covers many page types, homepages, products, and blog posts.

That said, there are always some exceptions that slip the rule due to their content (heavy-duty, mostly due to images and scripts) that may need more work (we agree on what needs to be done after the blanket optimization has produced the first results.

There's no speed problem with Woocommerce and it's essential to run a shop.

Yes, for an extra fee but those changes are not included in speed projects.

The owner can easily maintain it or any family member without any technical skills.

 

 If someone refrains from messing with the caching solution and doesn't overload the installation with plugins it won't need any maintenance.

 

And typically I don't maintain websites for speed reasons, so there won't be a retainer.

 

 There have been a few cases where the in-house teams have installed plugins that conflicted with my speed solution and ended up breaking the speed or have installed Cloudflare with the same results.

 

If, and only when, they call me to fix broken things I will charge them, BUT this method is so thought off that it doesn't break by itself, doesn't need any maintenance, and can run for many months untouched.

Sure, modern servers are excellent hardware, just a few good settings and they are set.

On the other hand, Cloudflare is highly problematic and unless you have a very serious reason to keep it, I'd recommend removing it as it breaks the speed and doesn't offer any protection.

I can prepare a document, mostly what your developers should avoid touching.

 

Getting very technical is not ideal because developers normally can't follow the speed techniques or instructions handed out to them.

 

The most important point would be to not mess with the caching system and not overload the installation with plugins.

The multi-site benefits from positive measures taken during the blanket optimization. For your WP multi-site installation, the blanket optimization will do for starters.

Typically WP multi-sites stem from a single database. This fact will shorten the working hours as I will be optimizing only one database instead of a group of databases.

Yes, I can for an extra fee.

With AMP, there are many issues. The most significant, you can't fix the speed as you would on a typical WP website and AMP doesn't allow basic JS functions as it comes with file size limitations. The shift to AMP was not well thought off as the community wasn't ready for that immature feature and it breaks the speed on modern servers.

How was AMP coded? Via plugins or custom coding?

None.

If you need to do layout fixes I offer them at a rate of $50/hr;

The original status of the site will be verified by checking the most recent backup or the internet archive backup).

I'm not a genius, wish I was. I'm someone who has worked very hard and have perfected a method. I apply my method only to WP websites because it won't work with other scrips, Joomla, Drupal and the likes.

Sorry, can't do it. No communication via IM is allowed (Skype, Whatsapp, SMS, Slack, etc.).

IM message exchange requires a person behind a screen, in most cases 24/7, who gets bombarded with questions from one person or the in-house team (at times overlapping, with no-boundaries, even confusing, irrelevant and rude);

I think if you need this type of IM it needs to be at least, appropriately compensated, yet, practice has shown that this is seldom the case.

So, IM will not be allowed, as there are other places more suitable to discuss the contract.

I can tell you what plugins I don't use:

  • WP-Rocket: Not strong enough, can't deliver 90+ speeds with heavy pages, overall hyped regarding its capabilities, generates issues when groups JS.
  • Autooptimize: Not strong enough, can't deliver 90+ speeds with heavy pages.
  • W3 Total Cache: Not strong enough, can't deliver 90+ speeds with heavy pages.
  • LiteSpeed Cache: Not strong enough, can't deliver 90+ speeds with heavy pages, many issues.
  • WP-Optimize: Not strong enough, can't deliver 90+ speeds with heavy pages.
  • WP Super Cache: Not strong enough, can't deliver 90+ speeds with heavy pages.
  • WP Fastest Cache: Not strong enough, can't deliver 90+ speeds with heavy pages.
  • Speed Optimizer by Siteground: Not strong enough, can't deliver 90+ speeds with heavy pages. It's a disgrace.
  • NitroPack: Not strong enough, can't deliver 90+ speeds with heavy pages, many issues, too expensive.
  • 10Web Booster: Haven't tested it enough, looks to me too expensive.
  • Hummingbird: It's a disgrace and a disappointment.

I use a different commercial plugin and the client needs to pay for their consumption (page views), especially if the functionality that plugin provides is a vital part of the website. The cost is minimal compared to most of the commercial plugins and the results are stellar if you combine it with professional manual work.

If I am to disappear off the face of the planet tomorrow, the client should be able to easily take over the running of the site or have all the necessary tools to pass it over to another agency/developer with minimal/no issues. Hence the plugin license is paid by the client.

Wrong assumption. I have not seen a causation so far that links better rankins with faster speed, and I maintain dozens of websites in competitive niches.

Now an extensive study on 260K pages confirms my statement above. Find the statement under the section (Website Speed And High-Ranking Pages). Here is what it says:

In our 2023 study, we did not find a correlation with the page speed measurements. That was surprising. Many website owners placed too much emphasis on them last year.

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/search-results-analyzed-how-google-evaluates-content/518998/