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A Beginners Guide to Accelerated Mobile Pages

Before talking about Accelerated Mobile Pages, let’s have a look at the facts below –

#1 According to a recent report published on Search Engine Land, About 60% of searches come from mobile devices

60 percent searches are from mobile

#2 About 53% users close a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load

Also, Speed is a major ranking factor in Google’s Algorithm after the announcement of the July 2018 Speed Update.

To improve the user experience, page loading time should be around 3 seconds.

So, What is AMP

AMP is a technique to show the cached version of a lightweight webpage so that it loads instantly even if the server is Down or Slow.

Google AMP(Accelerated Mobile Pages) is an Open-source Project to deliver very fast websites. Designing Google AMP websites is similar to Simple HTML with some Advantages and Limitations. Let’s have a quick look at a Demo.

This is How AMP Works

AMP Cache: When Google Crawls a valid amp page, it also stores a cached copy of that webpage in its database.

AMP in Search Results

amp in search results
This is How AMP looks in search results

When you search for something on Google, It shows amp pages prior to the normal pages. When you click on an AMP result, instead of showing the real page, google shows the cached version of that page that was saved earlier. Below is an example of a cached AMP page –

cached webpage in amp viewer

AMP for Website Owners

AMP can Improve the User Experience

Does It Really Work?

Many publishers, eCommerce portals got amazing boost up in their traffic and revenue after implementing AMP. Below are some case studies from the official AMP Website.

Faster load times in AMP
Discovercarhire.com drives more conversions with faster load times via AMP

increased traffic after AMP
TOI Reports 1.5 X more Revenue after implementing AMP in their website

AMP for Developers

Though AMP has Certain Benefits for website owners, It also put some restrictions on web developers –

  1.  No External CSS: In AMP external CSS is not allowed. You can use internal CSS only & a maximum size of 50 Kb is allowed. If it exceeds, it creates validation errors. You can use inline CSS as well
  2. No Javascript allowed : While designing amp websites, you can’t use custom javascript or any framework like jquery, reactjs etc. Though there are certain javascript snippets available for different components by default. For example amp-accordion, amp-carousel etc.
  3. HTML tags are restricted: There are some restrictions on HTML tags in AMP, like img tag is prohibited, you can use the amp-img tag instead. Same for video, audio and other tags.
  4. !important is banned: In AMP, you can’t use !important attribute in CSS classes.

for more info check amp.dev

Conclusion

AMP really helps drive more traffic and improves user experience. More traffic is equal to more revenue. Hence AMP can help you grow your traffic, especially if you are a blogger or publisher.

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