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How to Properly Setup Google AMP on Your WordPress Site

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In our experience, small changes in page loading speed can be the difference between users staying on your WordPress website and bouncing off it. This is where Google AMP can be handy.

AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages and is a way to make your website load faster on mobile devices. Fast-loading websites offer a better user experience and can improve traffic.

In this article, we will show you how to set up Google AMP in WordPress.

How to Properly Setup Google AMP on Your WordPress Site

What Is Google AMP?

Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is an open-source initiative announced in October 2015. It aims to make web content load faster for mobile users.

Reading web pages on mobile devices can be slow because content-rich pages might take several seconds to load despite all efforts taken by site owners to speed up their websites.

Google AMP uses minimal HTML and limited Javascript and stores content on Google AMP Cache. Google can then serve this cached version to users instantly when they click on your link.

This is similar to Facebook Instant Articles. But while Instant Articles are limited to Facebook’s mobile apps, Google AMP is platform-agnostic and can be used by any browser.

However, Google AMP usage is declining, and early adopters like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Reddit are no longer using it. Also, websites using AMP are no longer prioritized on search results pages.

The WPBeginner website has never used Google AMP, and we recommend that most websites optimize pages for Core Web Vitals instead.

However, the official AMP plugin is still available, and you may want to learn how to set up Accelerated Mobile Pages in WordPress step-by-step.

Setting Up Accelerated Mobile Pages or AMP in WordPress

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the AMP plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you open the plugin’s onboarding wizard by clicking the link at the top of the Plugins page.

Open the AMP Plugin's Onboarding Wizard

Note: The AMP plugin has compatibility issues with some popular WordPress plugins, such as WPCode, the leading code snippet plugin. You will be notified of any incompatible active plugins at the top of the page.

The first page gives you an overview of what the plugin does. Once you read this, you can click the ‘Next’ button to continue.

AMP for WordPress Plugin Onboarding Wizard

The second page of the wizard lets you choose your technical background.

Advanced users who understand PHP, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code can click the first option. However, we recommend most users choose the second ‘non-technical’ option because it makes setting up Google AMP much simpler.

AMP for WordPress Plugin Onboarding Wizard

Once you have chosen a technical background, click the ‘Next’ button to continue.

The plugin will now scan your site for compatibility issues with your active theme and plugins. Once the scan is complete, you will be notified of any issues.

AMP for WordPress Plugin Onboarding Wizard

In the next step of the onboarding wizard, you need to choose a templates mode. If there were no issues found during the site scan, then you should choose the Standard option.

Otherwise, you should read the text in the Transitional and Reader sections and choose the recommended option.

AMP for WordPress Plugin Onboarding Wizard

Congratulations, when you click the ‘Next’ button the wizard will be complete and you will see several mobile AMP previews of your website.

Make sure you click the ‘Finish’ button to store your settings.

AMP for WordPress Plugin Onboarding Wizard

You can now visit any post on your website and add /amp/ to the end of the URL like this to see a stripped-down AMP version of the post.

This will be automatically displayed on mobile devices.

Getting Accurate Analytics on AMP Pages

One of the major issues with AMP is that it can skew your Google Analytics data. Visitors to your AMP pages aren’t tracked accurately and can even be double-counted.

For the most accurate analytics, we recommend using MonsterInsights. It’s the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress.

The MonsterInsights AMP addon will automatically fix your tracking so that you get the real stats on your visitors.

You can learn how to set up MonsterInsights in our beginner’s guide on how to install Google Analytics in WordPress.

Expert Guides on WordPress Performance

Google AMP is one way to improve website performance on mobile. You may like to see some articles on our preferred methods for speeding up your WordPress website.

We hope this article helped you learn how to set up Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to improve your WordPress site health or our expert picks on the fastest WordPress hosting.

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  2. tfk, the5krunner says

    the AMP pluigin disables JS scripts.
    therefore things like
    1. WordPress outbound click stats are disabled
    2. Google adwords conversion tracking is disabled.

    so think carefully before using it

  3. ToTemat says

    I tested AMP on the website for over 6 months. My conclusions are like this. The website worked faster on a mobile basis, but it had no effect on its position. Additionally, plug-in conflicts appeared from time to time. Also, fewer people on AMP pages accessed subsequent pages of the website. That’s why I believe responsive pages are better and more relevant than using AMP. I turned off AMP completely by myself some time ago.

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