Like the over 150 WordPress users in attendance, I was thrilled to be at the 2016 WordCamp Columbus last weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
Three days focused entirely on learning, sharing, and talking with others who work with, design, and develop WordPress?
What a great way to spend the weekend!
This was my fourth WordCamp Columbus. And I was looking forward to meeting in person someone who I’ve been chatting with for quite a while on Twitter: Mike Hale.
With Mike speaking about Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), something I’ve yet to implement on any sites, I couldn’t wait for his talk. Here are my notes.
- According to the AMP Getting Started page, AMP is a great method
to build web pages for static content that render fast.
- Potential benefits of AMP: mobile-friendly content and better page speed
- Originally developed for news sites, Google announced earlier this month that it was expanding beyond news to mobile sites
- AMP only works on posts, not pages, archives, or custom post types
- Is AMP right for your site? Costs you nothing to get started, go ahead and experiment. But test it on a non-production site first.
- To get started using AMP, install the free AMP WordPress plugin, created by Automattic
- When AMP is implemented on a site, all the posts on your site will have “/amp” added to the URL. In addition, some AMP specific tags will replace HTML tags in your code.
- AMP will strip out header, footer, sidebar, and navigation menu on your site. With the AMP plugin, you can customize the display on your AMP pages, adding the header, footer, navigation menu, and featured images back in.
- For AMP pages, all CSS must be inline and must be less than 50K in size
- Form elements aren’t allowed on AMP pages
- You can validate your AMP pages online or via the Chrome AMP Validator extension
Thoughts About AMP
Mike’s presentation was packed with people, so I know I wasn’t the only one curious about AMP, how to implement it, and what it could mean for mobile user experience.
With AMP’s expanded reach to mobile, Mike’s talk gave me the information I needed to give AMP a try, on a test site.
At the end of Mike’s talk, I asked if anyone in the room had added AMP to their site. No one raised their hand.
Guess we all have some work to do!
Mike graciously published his AMP presentation slides on SlideShare.
Oh, and for those interested, Mike and I met early Saturday morning, just after the welcome. We hugged, chatted about WordCamps, travel, and finally getting to meet each other in person.