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First Meaningful Paint

Why the audit is important

Page load is a key aspect of how a user perceives the performance of your page. See Measure Performance with the RAIL Method for more information.

This audit identifies the time at which the user feels that the primary content of the page is visible.

How to pass the audit

The lower your First Meaningful Paint score, the faster that the page appears to display its primary content.

Optimizing the Critical Rendering Path is particularly helpful towards achieving a faster First Meaningful Paint.

How the audit is implemented

This section explains how this audit is implemented, so that you can understand how the audit's score is calculated.

First Meaningful Paint is essentially the paint after which the biggest above-the-fold layout change has happened, and web fonts have loaded. See the spec to learn more: First Meaningful Paint: A Layout-Based Aproach.