Phase 2. Identify pain points
Once there is at least 28 days of Field Data, you can start using Google’s tools to evaluate website performance and identify pain points.
As you assess the data, you will need to answer three critical questions:
- How is the site performing overall? Does it need attention?
- What Core Web Vitals should you prioritize?
- What group of pages are most negatively affected?
To get a snapshot of how the site is doing, use the CrUX Dashboard, which provides information on:
- Core Web Vitals overview for your site, split by device.
- Standalone performance for each metric, split by device.
- User demographics, split by device and effective connection types (ETCs).
The CrUX Dashboard aims to get insights into the overall website performance and understand how website changes have impacted Core Web Vitals over time. Read Google’s guide to the CrUX Dashboard to know more details about using this data.
Google Search Console
Google released a Core Web Vitals report in Google Search Console, which shows how the pages perform based on Field Data.
This report breaks down the data by Mobile and Desktop and presents URL performance grouped by status, metric type, and URL group.
The status represents the thresholds of each Core Web Vital: Poor, Needs Improvement, or Good. Only green URLs are passing the Core Web Vitals assessment.
The URL group includes pages that Google considers to provide a similar user experience. Although you might find the performance data of a single URL in a URL group, you should use PageSpeed Insights or Lighthouse tools to run a test on a single URL.
It’s important to note that only indexed URLs can appear in this report. However, Google has hinted that they might use Core Web Vitals data from noindex pages too.