Published by OSG Team 31.08.2020 Category(ies): News, SEO
About three years ago, AMP took on the challenge of enabling the full publishing of AMP content in WordPress, with the goal of making it easier for WordPress site owners to create smooth paths to successfully publish content on the WordPress platform tread.
In this news post we will give an overview of that AMP for WordPress plugin give and touch on some of the highlights of this important release! Attention, the list is long!
AMP V2, this is new!
Version 2.0 of the official AMP for WordPress plugin is now available and it includes a number of useful features for website owners. The plugin is designed to provide essential tools to assist in creating AMP content. WordPress site owners can use the plugin to create pages at lightning speed and at the same time the needed ones minimize resources. Version 2.0 of the plugin offers the following features:
Updates for Reader Mode
AMP first themes
Any AMP compatible theme and template mode and content type can be used as AMP.
There is out-of-the-box support for all essential features including:
- navigation menus
- Template design variations
Legacy Reader mode scope and previous AMP templates from V1 remain available for backwards compatibility.
When selecting Reader Mode, two themes are used, so the AMP plugin provides two versions of the Customizer:
- The default customizer for the active theme
- The AMP Customizer for the AMP Reader Theme
The AMP plugin syncs general website settingsto maintain brand affinity between AMP and non-AMP pages.
This means that the logo, background, color, header and other elements are the same on both versions of a website.
The AMP plugin gives website owners the flexibility to decide which parts of a website should serve as an AMP and which should not.
Also, it is now possible to enable all templates as AMP, while excluding certain previous types that should not be served as AMP.
“CSS tree shaking”
By default, AMP limits the use of CSS to no more than 75 KB on any given page.
The AMP plugin facilitates this by “shaking the CSS tree” and removing as much unused CSS as possible.
Updates to embedded validation tools
When editing an AMP page in Gutenberg, invalid elements are detected and reported to the site owner.
Any validation issues identified in a site are displayed on the Issue Index screen.
Website owners can view summary information about each issue and a list of URLs affected by a specific issue.
While editing the AMP content, the WordPress admin bar provides information about the validation status and the percentage of CSS budget used.
Hide Dev Tools
Previous versions of the AMP plugin allowed developer tools for all users who have permission to edit posts.
Now the developer tools can be disabled for users not responsible for troubleshooting validation issues.
Developer tools are only accessible to admins and can be toggled on and off at will!
Admins can now suppress certain plugins from running when rendering AMP pages.
This can help prevent validation issues caused by non-AMP compliant plugins.
Version 2.0 of the AMP plugin provides automatic redirection of mobile visitors to the AMP version of a website.
AMP to AMP linking
When automatic mobile redirect is enabled, clicking on internal links takes visitors to the AMP version of the page (if one is available).
The AMP plugin enables automatic server-side optimization of AMP pages.
These optimizations are designed to improve key performance metrics, such as: B. Core Web Vitals by Google.
Plugin configuration updates
Version 2.0 of the AMP plugin comes with an ‘onboarding wizard’ that makes the configuration more intuitive.
The onboarding wizard will indicate which of the three template modes (Standard, Transitional, Reader) is best suited for your website.
The settings screen has been completely redesigned for better usability.
From the new settings screen, website owners can access the configuration wizard at any time.
A link to the settings screen has been added to the admin bar so that site owners can quickly access it when needed.
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