Chicago, June 26, 2023 – Google is excited to announce the addition of the new Input Timing metric (INP) to the Core Web Vitals report in Google Search Console. This enhancement aims to provide webmasters and developers with even more actionable insights into the performance of their web pages.
Core Web Vitals, a set of user-centric metrics, plays a crucial role in determining the overall user experience on a website. There are three pivotal metrics to consider: Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), First Input Delay (FID), and Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS). These metrics serve as the pillars of measuring user experience and website performance. LCP gauges the time it takes for the most significant content element to be visible to the user. FID assesses the delay between a user’s interaction and the browser’s response. Lastly, CLS quantifies the extent of visual instability on a webpage as it loads. By understanding and optimizing these metrics, we can enhance user engagement, interaction, and overall satisfaction. The INP metric, now joining the ranks of these important indicators, specifically focuses on measuring the time it takes for a web page to respond to user interactions.
Traditionally, FID has been used as a representative metric for measuring the interactivity of web pages. However, INP provides a more comprehensive analysis by capturing input events across the entire page lifecycle, including both the loading and interaction phases. By incorporating INP into the Core Web Vitals report, website owners will gain deeper insights into the responsiveness and interactivity of their pages, enabling them to identify and address any potential issues more effectively.
With the inclusion of INP, website owners and developers can now evaluate the overall experience users have when interacting with their pages. A lower INP score indicates better responsiveness, ensuring a smooth and seamless experience for visitors. Armed with this information, website owners can make targeted improvements to enhance user satisfaction, increase engagement, and ultimately drive better business outcomes.
The Core Web Vitals report in Google Search Console offers an intuitive interface that presents an overview of the website’s performance, highlighting areas that need attention. By leveraging this powerful tool, website owners can track their Core Web Vitals over time, measure improvements, and benchmark against industry standards.
To access the Core Web Vitals report and explore the new INP metric, website owners and developers can log in to Google Search Console and navigate to the “Enhancements” section. The report provides detailed insights, allowing users to drill down into specific URLs and identify performance bottlenecks at the page level.
Google remains committed to providing website owners and developers with the tools and information they need to create exceptional user experiences on the web. The addition of the INP metric to the Core Web Vitals reports further underscores this commitment, empowering website owners to optimize their pages for maximum performance and user satisfaction.
For more information, visit the Google Search Console Help Center or reach out to the Google Webmaster community for support.