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How to build Accelerated Mobile Pages for WordPress?

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27.September.2016| No Comments

Agreed! Your website looks great and loads faster on desktop and other larger screens like laptops and smart TV screens. But what about the screen sizes as small as that of smartphones? Does it looks equally attractive and loads quicker on mobile phones? Well we guess most of you will answer in negation. This is where you require some acceleration to boost speed of your page loads and also enhance the look of your site on mobile phone. So what it takes to transform a blog post or page, which looks attractive on desktops or laptops, into equally attractive looking and fast loading pages on mobile screens.

Here’s the solution.

Google and Twitter is backing a unique technology to drive an effective solution to bring faster loading pages and cool look of your site on mobile phones. This technology is called Accelerated Mobile Pages or popularly known as AMP.

What is Accelerated Mobile Pages?

Accelerated Mobile Pages or AMP are simply the light version of your HTML pages, in which content is modified for mobile phones to cut short the load time of the pages on mobile phones. Besides, it also rearranges the layout with light weight html files to display an attractive mobile version of your website. With the increasing use of smart phones, more and more websites are striving to get their content seen visibly sharp and free from clutter on mobile phones. And AMP pages make all the difference. Accelerated Mobile Pages work on the lines similar to that of Facebook Instant Articles project and Apple News. All these projects aim at cutting short the response time of their websites when accessed on mobile phones.

How AMP Works?

As we said that AMP pages redesign the content to reduce the size of HTML files. Having said that, some tags are adjusted, like forms are done away and swift version of CSS is used with limited resources. Also such pages are enabled with lazy loading which means the images and content gradually opens as you scroll down pages on your mobile phones. Similarly JavaScript library is kept away and only off the shelf library is used. This gives out the pages which load faster and ensure the best reading experience to the site visitors.

How to create AMP pages for WordPress site?

Since WordPress is the one of the most popular Content Management System, it is imperative to know this answer. First of all let us tell you that while creating AMP pages you must keep all your lure for more and more ingredients strictly away. This is to ensure you get extremely fast, sleek and sexy Accelerated Mobile Pages for your website. The tags should also be applied in proper order. To verify whether you have created an ideal AMP or not, you have a tool in Google Chrome through which you can do that. You can look for AMP project website in Chrome and ask it to validate “Is this an AMP page”. You will be amused to know it not only highlights the problem areas but it also gives you a quick solution to build an effective AMP pages for your site.
When you talk of WordPress, the work of building AMP pages is made easy through AMP plugins. Only you have to download plugins and it will help you a lot in creating AMP version of your desktop pages. Such an AMP plugin automatically add Accelerated Mobile Pages (Google AMP Project) functionality on your WordPress site. The plugin also needs no configuration. You just need to activate it and leave the rest on this plugin.

Do not forget to test the functionality of AMP.

Well it is also very easy to check the working of AMP. Once you install this AMP Plugin Google instantly index the amp pages with amp tag. You can also look of updates in the search console. And if you want to see the amp version of your site just add /?amp at the end of your url and you can check it for yourself. Almost All AMP plugins for wordpress take care of the canonical tag to avoid duplication of content.

So here you go… Create AMP pages and greet more visitors on your websites who are accessing it through their mobile phones.
Let us know how this simple article helped you in creating the AMP pages for better site experience on mobile phones.

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Tikendra
Tikendra builds plugins, themes and apps – he used to write and talk about plugin and theme development. When not coding or writing you'll find him traveling around and exploring new places.

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