First Contentful Paint

FCP is the acronym for First Contentful Paint.

A performance metric used in web development that measures the time from when the page starts loading to when any part of the page’s content is rendered on the screen.

Content, in this case, refers to any text, image (including background images), non-white canvas, or SVG elements. The paint refers to rendering or displaying pixels on the screen.

A faster FCP time means that a website visitor starts seeing content sooner. This reduces the perceived loading time and can make a website feel snappier and more responsive to the end user. This is an important aspect of user experience, and improving FCP can help reduce bounce rates and improve overall user engagement.

Google suggests aiming for an FCP of less than 1 second for a good user experience, but the faster, the better.

  • Abbreviation: FCP

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