Google has released a new version of PageSpeed Insights that seeks to fix many of the issues with the previous version.
The way data is presented is one of PageSpeed Insights’ main flaws. There isn’t a clear distinction between lab and field data.
Newcomers to PageSpeed Insights may not comprehend the context of the data they’re viewing, making it difficult to know what to do with it.
The subject of reading the PageSpeed Insights report has spawned a slew of “how-to” blog pieces, owing to the report’s design’s inherent ambiguity.
The current version of PageSpeed Insights on the web is based on 10-year-old code, according to Google, and it’s time for a revamp.
Google expects that the update, which will be released later this year, would make it easier for developers to comprehend the report and act on the information included inside it.
The following are Google’s major priorities for the future PageSpeed Insights revamp:
- Make the user interface more intuitive by distinguishing between lab and field data.
- In the UI, explain how the Core Web Vitals evaluation is calculated.
- Utilize material design to modernize the UI’s look and feel.
- Here’s what Google has in store for the latest version of one of its most venerable tools.
Google PageSpeed Insights has gotten a makeover.
Later this year, Google will release the following enhancements to PageSpeed Insights:
Field and lab data are being separated, with existing labels for “Field Data” and “Lab Data” being replaced with wording that explains what the data means and how it may help.
Assessment of the Web’s Core Vitals: Google’s CWV evaluation currently shows as a single word “passed” or “failed.” The modified assessment will be displayed in its own area, complete with its own icon.
Labels for mobile and desktop performance: On the report page, Google is altering the top navigation menu to include links for mobile and desktop.
Summary of the Origin: This report section will be moved to a new tab under the Field Data section called “Origin.”
Expand view: In the field data area, a new “expand view” feature allows users to see granular details for the Core Web Vitals metrics.
Page image: The image of the loaded page is being removed from its current location next to the field data by Google. In the lab data area, both the image and thumbnails will be displayed.
Finally, Google has included a section at the bottom of each field and lab card that shows the following information on the data sampled:
- Period of data collection Visit durations
- links to the internet
- Size of the sample
- Versions of Chrome
- This extra information should aid users who were previously puzzled about the differences between lab and field data.
There is no set date for the new PageSpeed Insights, but Google will provide more information as the launch date approaches.