Around Google I/O this year, Google released a new version of Lighthouse, a tool backed by Google to help developers make better web pages by providing a set of audits against a web URL. The tool will return tips and guidance on how to improve a specific web page for performance, accessibility, progressive web apps and more.
Version 3.0 is out and it brings faster audits, less variance, a new report user interface, new audits and much more.
Here is a look at the new user interface for the reports:
The new features in Lighthouse 3.0 include:
- Faster audits and less variance.
- The new user interface for reports, as shown above.
- The Node version of Lighthouse now supports the same configuration options as the CLI version.
- Scoring changes: The Performance score is a weighted average of the Performance audits. The weighting of the audits also changes in v3.
- CSV outputs: Report results can now be output in CSV. Each row contains information and results for one audit.
- JSON output changes.
- New audits include First Contentful Paint, robots.txt is not valid. Use video formats for animated content and avoid multiple, costly round-trips to any origin.
- Two audit changes including First Interactive to First CPU Idle and Perceptual Speed Index to Speed Index.
For more on these changes and how to upgrade, see this page.