There are many web developers and admins who were hit with the new web vitals update which was run by Google’s new algorithm core update back on May the 5th 2020. After loads of testing and looking around our cumulative layout shift was simply above the 0.25s for mobile and desktop.
What is Cumulative Layout Shift?
What is the main cause or trigger for the commutative layout shift (CLS)?
Check out our optimization results below, as you can see the CLS issue (Cumulative Layout Shift) has been fixed.
CLS has different data/results stored for google including mobile and desktop devices, CLS will have dramatic effects on search engine website rankings in the near future and it’s advised that webmasters take actions now, CLS will be an SEO factor from 2021 and onwards and will be used for website/page rankings in search engines.
As you can see it took 47 days for the changes to have full effects on our webpages, overall 168 pages were effects with CLS shift and this was resolved.
What have we done to fix this issue?
- First of all, we installed a WP-rocket on our website, get WP-rocket here, its one of the top caching and optimization plugins you can use for WordPress. WP-rocket is indeed much better & faster than any other cache and optimization plugins available for WordPress, this test included LiteSpeed cache plugin, W3 total cache, WP super cache, WP fastest cache, hyper cache, and the list goes on. Wp-rocket is easy to use and you can simply enable many advanced website optimizations features with just a click of a button.
How can you test CLS (cumulative layout shift) on desktop and mobile?
You can test your website on both devices by using CLS using Google page speed insights
You want to make sure that the lab data at the bottom shows CLS of anything lower than 0.25 sec, anything above that will have a negative effect on your SEO and website rankings in the near future.