Recently, we added Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) to the Integrity site. We wanted to be on the forefront of this technology, as it does something Google loves: it makes the web lightning fast.
As a company, Integrity is focused on providing valuable insights for our industry and clients. We have a strong belief that making your site fast is one of the best ways to improve your site's overall search rankings.
Some basic facts about AMP
AMP for WordPress
A few months ago, Automatic, the company that created WordPress, created a plugin for WordPress which extends blog posts to include AMP compatible versions. It also ensures the original post includes references to the AMP post, which helps out search engines. You can technically use the plugin right out of the box, but we decided to make sure our AMP template matched the needs of the Integrity brand and mission.
Getting AMP to work
Once we added the AMP plugin to our site, most of our changes were related to CSS styling and various limitations of the AMP platform. After we reviewed the AMP-powered template provided by WordPress, we identified the elements we wanted to adjust.
AMP is a powerful tool, but it is not a perfect solution for every page and every project. For instance, AMP has a CSS limitation of 50 KB. This is enough to style a nice article page, but probably isn’t enough for styling an entire site. However, these limits exist to load pages in an instant, which is the trade-off.
Our current goal is to test this project for our clients and increase search-related mobile traffic to our frequent blog posts.
It’s still pretty early on, so it is hard to know if AMP is going to become a web standard. Web standards can unfortunately take some time to actually become standard.
However, unlike efforts by Facebook and Apple to create fast content delivery for mobile, the AMP Project is open-source. By making the project open-source, the AMP crew have signaled that they see a need for the Web to improve and want contributions from the entire community. Input from both publishers and tech companies greatly increases the chances of AMP becoming a web standard.
If you're interested in optimizing your website by adding Google AMP or another new technology, drop us a line.
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