How Can I Optimize Render-Blocking Resources to Reduce Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) Time Across All Devices?


The Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) metric measures how quickly the largest content element visible in the viewport loads. To reduce LCP and enhance user experience, you should optimize server response times, implement efficient asset delivery, and minimize render-blocking resources. Following a variety of optimization techniques may help to achieve faster load times.

Optimizing Server Response Times

Content Delivery Network (CDN)

One method is to utilize a CDN to serve static assets from servers close to users, which can significantly improve page load times [Why Performance Matters, 2023].

Server Caching

Server-side caching can deliver pre-rendered pages or components instantly thus optimizing server response times [Time to First Byte (TTFB), 2020].

Database Optimization

Reducing database query times and using indexing can minimize latency and enhance overall server performance [Optimize CSS Delivery, 2022].

Efficient Asset Delivery


Preloading critical resources with the <link rel="preload"> attribute allows them to load early and prioritize important assets [Preload Critical Assets, 2022].


Compressing images and text files can reduce their size and improve loading times. These resources can be compressed using formats like WebP for images, and Gzip or Brotli for text files [Enable Text Compression, 2021].

Responsive Images

Responsive images can adapt to different screen resolutions giving users the best visual experience. This can be achieved using the <srcset> and <sizes> attributes in HTML [Serve Responsive Images, 2023].

Minimizing Render-Blocking Resources

CSS Optimization

In order to avoid blocking the rendering path, CSS files should be minified and critical CSS should be preloaded using the <link rel="preload"> attribute [Optimize CSS Delivery, 2022].

JavaScript Defer/Async

Using the defer or async attributes in JavaScript tags can allow the browser to load non-critical JS resources without blocking the rendering path [Defer Non-Critical JavaScript, 2023].

Critical Rendering Path

Minimizing the critical rendering path through inlining critical styles and scripts can further improve LCP times [Understanding the Critical Rendering Path, 2023].

Web Font Optimization


The <link rel="preconnect"> tag can be used to establish early connections to font providers to reduce the time it takes to deliver fonts [Preconnect and DNS Prefetch, 2022].

Font Display

To prevent text invisibility while web fonts are loading, you can use the <font-display: swap> property in your CSS [Web Font Optimization, 2023].


Loading only the required font subsets or characters can reduce the amount of data that needs to be loaded and therefore improve LCP [Web Font Best Practices, 2022].


Improving LCP requires a holistic approach, including server optimization, efficient asset delivery, minimizing render-blocking resources, and optimizing web fonts. Implementing these best practices will ensure a better user experience with faster page loads.