Fixing CLS Issues

Are there CLS issues?

Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) is a metric that measures the visual stability of a webpage. A high CLS score indicates that elements on the page are moving around unexpectedly, which can be frustrating for users. Here’s how you can check for and address CLS issues on Shopify and WooCommerce:

Checking CLS on Shopify

  1. Use Google PageSpeed Insights: Go to Google PageSpeed Insights and enter your Shopify store URL. The tool will analyze your page and provide a CLS score along with suggestions for improvement.
  2. Shopify Theme Customization: Ensure that your theme is optimized for performance. Go to Online Store > Themes > Customize and check for any large images, videos, or other elements that might be causing layout shifts.
  3. Apps and Plugins: Review the apps and plugins installed on your Shopify store. Some third-party apps can introduce elements that cause layout shifts. Disable or replace any problematic apps.

Checking CLS on WooCommerce

  1. Use Google PageSpeed Insights: Similar to Shopify, you can use Google PageSpeed Insights to analyze your WooCommerce store. Enter your URL and review the CLS score and recommendations.
  2. Theme Optimization: Go to Appearance > Customize in your WordPress dashboard. Ensure that your theme is optimized and that there are no large, unoptimized elements causing layout shifts.
  3. Plugins: Review your installed plugins. Deactivate any plugins that might be causing layout shifts and look for optimized alternatives.

By regularly monitoring and optimizing your store for CLS, you can improve the user experience and potentially boost your SEO rankings.