What is largest contentful paint (LCP)?
The largest contentful paint (LCP) measures the time it takes for the largest element on the first fold of a webpage to render. This time is measured after the page has started loading and stops when the element is fully rendered. LCP is a key core web vital used by Google to evaluate the user-friendliness of a webpage.
By the largest element, we don’t mean memory; instead, we are referring to the physical size of the element on the page. Only the section of the element on the first fold of the page is counted.
What is a good LCP score?
Your website should have an LCP score of 2.5 seconds or less. Anything higher will cause SEO and user experience issues.
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How to check your website for LCP issues
You can measure the LCP on your website using the following tools:
- Google Search Console’s core web vitals report
- PageSpeed Insights
- Running a Lighthouse audit on a particular page
How to improve largest contentful paint
To fix your LCP issues, follow these best practices:
- Improve server response times.
- Remove resource load delays.
- Remove element render delay.
- Reduce the size (memory) of the assets on the page.
Momin Shahab is an SEO consultant at Productive Shop. He has worked in SEO on an international level for upwards of three years at various companies. He has gained training in content marketing, project management and data analysis. When he's not working or researching SEO, he is reading and collecting books.