How to Setup AMP Pages For Your WordPress Blog Posts

AMP is an abbreviated form of Accelerated Mobile Pages. Which is an important initiative taken by Google to make the user experience on mobile devices more Faster

A Fast loading page, generally a minified HTMLAMP makes an article instantly available by showing a minimalistic form rather than showing Complete website or a blog. AMP makes two copy of your article, one which you host [original] and the one which Google hosts on it’s CDN, a cached version.

Have you seen those articles which opens up As soon As you click on them? They look neat, load faster and provide the better user experience.

* If you are a Smartphone user, Try adding /amp at the end of this page’s URL.

You may see something like this:

AMP
An AMP page from BforBloggers

Technically, the page you just saw was cleaner, loaded faster, had better readability and user-friendly.

This icon or tag indicates that my article will load faster than others that’s why my article will receive more attention. Thanks to AMP

Pros

  • Makes your articles more user-friendly.
  • Easy to load even on 2G OR slow 3G connections.
  • Provide better Readability and visual appearance.
  • Supports Ads and Comments.

Cons

  • Not Very Customizable.
  • Currently, Pages are not Supported.
  • Doesn’t show each and every element of the website.

Who should use it?

I think every blogger. It’s must implement AMP in blogs because blogs are all about content and content is meant to read. Moreover, It is especially very helpful to People living in India, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria and Pacific regions where Connectivity issues sustain.

My Experience –

Yes, I had a good time implementing AMP and my readers had enjoyed it. However, some of them said to remove it as it doesn’t provide them with my original blog many times.

Still, I think I would keep it going Because this technology isn’t very old and the room for improvements is large. Since AMP is a project carried out by Google, It is going to be more productive and will surely grow to our expectations.

Its predefined form is user-friendly, loads quicker and is a blessing for slow connection problematics.

How to Integrate AMP on your Website

Well this is a Quite Simple task, there’s only one thing to do and that is

Install the Official AMP plugin for WordPress!!

Download Here or Go to your plugins section and click on Add New, search for AMP and look for –

How to add AMP
Official plugin by Automattic

Install this plugin and that’s it. Your Articles will be automatically supporting AMP.

Note – If you installed this plugin on your new blog like 7 days old, it will be in action very soon but if you have an old blog i.e. With too many articles, this will take little time to appear in search engines, However, You can see it in action by adding /amp at the end of your post’s URL

As I have mentioned in my previous article about AMP, currently AMP works only with Posts, Not Pages.

This means your articles will be available in a clean fast and mobile-friendly HTML5 version, but pages remain the same.

There isn’t much to do after you successfully install The plugin, i.e. You don’t have to configure anything.

You can check out the appearance of your site’s AMP version –

 

AMP
Click on Appearance in a sidebar menu

 

Click on the Appearance, Scroll down to AMP and click to customize. Currently, AMP isn’t Very customizable. You can only change Text and Meta/link colours and Background Skin.

Benefits Of Using AMP

  • Increases Readability
  • Makes Any theme Mobile Friendly
  • Decreases Loading Time
  • Drives more user attention
  • Google features AMP Articles in News carousel – which is given priority above-the-fold placement on mobile searches
Integrating AMP will give your website an extra edge over your competition ( if It isn’t using AMP)

Impact On SEO –

Although AMP isn’t an Official Search engine ranking factor, a bit of its indirect effect will give your website SEO a little Boost, But How?
Remember, Faster websites rank higher in search engine Rankings and AMP makes your website 3X faster ( my experience).
More page views because of that thunderbolt icon, Increases rankings.
Features your Article ( respective of the content) in News News carousel – which is given priority above-the-fold placement on mobile searches.

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