I decided to try Sonaar MP3 Player plugin to enable playing audio recordings for the blog posts on my site. I implemented the minimal settings for the plugin (like in your example 004), however, I still see significant increase in Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) and Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS). Considering how important web vitals are for Google (they announced that starting May 2021 these parameters will affect search position), I am undecided whether to continue using the plugin or not. Is there any way to reduce the effect on web vitals while using the plugin? I have WP Rocket enabled on my site. Please see attached screenshot with shortcodes used and test results from WebPageTest.
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Hi Mike, This is already on our roadmap to optimize our plugin for best result. But for now I dont have any quick fix for you.
Alexandre from the Sonaar.io Crew
Considering the importance of this issue (webmasters obviously don't want to be penalized by Google for installing your plugin), do you have a timeline for addressing this issue? Especially CLS as it is relatively easy to fix. LCP increase may be a bit harder to deal with, you'll probably have to restructure your JS code.
Hello Mike, Probably the next plugin release, but I cant tell when for now. We are short in staff here during the summer season.
Well, I'll check again in a couple of months but, for now, I'll uninstall the plugin and use a simple default [audio mp3="https://somefile.mp3"][/audio] on my site.
We have heard you. We will do our best to fix this soon