Largest Contentful Paint

Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) is one of the Core Web Vitals. This guide will explain what it is, how to analyze your page and how to improve this metric.

Overview of Largest Contentful Paint

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Largest Contentful Paint is a Core Web Vital which is used to measure how quickly a site visitor will see useful content on the screen. If the LCP is too slow, the visitor will feel that the site is taking too long to load. Ideally, LCP is less than 2.5s.

Technically, LCP defines the loading time of the largest content element that is visible in viewport when a user opens a page. It can be text, image, video, etc.

LCP is primarily affected by four factors:

  • Your server performance.
  • Render-blocking JavaScript and CSS.
  • The file size of the resource.
  • The method that is used for the content to display (for example dynamically with JavaScript).

How to find the LCP element

With PageSpeed Insights:

In the PageSpeed Insights report, scroll down to the Largest Contentful Paint element recommendation, and expand it to view the element information.

How WP Rocket can improve LCP

WP Rocket features that would generally help:

These other options can also help:

Advanced recommendation within WP Rocket:

  •  The Remove Unused CSS option automatically preloads all the fonts used on a page. Sometimes, not all these fonts are critical assets.

    Try removing all preloaded fonts with the WP Rocket | Disable Used CSS Fonts Preload helper plugin to see if the LCP is improved.

    You can also customize which fonts are preloaded using the method described here.

Improving LCP when LCP element is an image

If you have found that the LCP element of a page is an image, you should keep in mind the following: 

Please also follow these additional instructions:

  • Make sure no other third party lazyloading is applied to the LCP image.
  • Optimize and resize images (Imagify plugin can help).
  • Consider delivering images in AVIF or WebP formats (Imagify plugin can help).
  • Deliver images using CDN (RocketCDN can help).

Improving LCP when LCP element is a video

Other methods to improve LCP outside WP Rocket

  • Use a static image instead of a slider.
  • Add LCP element directly in the HTML of the page instead of loading it with JavaScript/CSS.
  • Minimize the amount of critical JavaScript that is needed for displaying the content above the fold.
  • Avoid placing large non-critical CSS code in the head.
  • Avoid using fetchpriority=high or rel=preload on too many assets, or assets that are not critical for the rendering of the page.
  • Upgrade your hosting plan.

Additional resources

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