How Accelerated Mobile Pages Ensure Faster Mobile Web?
With smartphones and tablets revolutionizing the way people access information and at the same time people gaining a tremendous amount of news on their handheld devices, publishers from all over the world are trying to reach out to the audience by using mobile web. But the user experience may often leave many things to be desired. You must have observed that every time a web page loads, there are pop up advertisements or subscription forms that may make the site load slow. The visitor may lose interest and abandon the site for some other alternative. Website owners and advertisers lose a visitor and also an opportunity to earn revenue through advertisements if the site is slow. So, it is very important to find a solution to this challenge so that business owners and publishers are able to generate revenues from their mobile website.
To address this issue, Google has announced a new open source initiative, which is known as Accelerated Mobile pages (AMP) project that enables the publisher to create mobile optimized content once and get it loaded instantly everywhere. AMP aims to dramatically improve the performance of the site so that web pages with rich content like animations, graphics and videos can operate alongside smart ads and even load promptly without sacrificing the ad revenue that business owners may rely upon.
Though experienced developers may attain similar results through intensive performance optimizations, website owners often neglect it due to resource constraints. But with AMP these optimizations can easily be attained without affecting the primary mobile web experience. Today various publishers and technology companies like Twitter, WordPress.com, Chartbeat, Adobe Analytics and LinkedIn have come together to offer a better experience for everyone by making the mobile web work properly.
How does AMP work?
The framework consists of three basic parts:
AMP HTML: This is a subset of HTML and it has some customized tags and features. If you are familiar with regular HTML, then adapting the existing pages to AMP HTML will not be a difficult task. Though most of the tags in AMP HTML pages are regular HTML tags, some of the HTML tags are replaced with AMP specific tags. The customized elements called the AMP HTML components, make implementation of common patterns easy in a performant way.
AMP CDN: This is a proxy based CDN that is used to deliver the AMP documents. It gets AMP HTML pages, caches them and then improves the page performance automatically. When Google AMP Cache is used, the document, JS files and the images load from the same origin that uses HTTP 2.0 for maximum efficiency.
Getting started with AMP for your site
Multimedia should be especially handled for e.g. the images should utilize the custom amp-img element and it must also include the explicit height and width. In case your images are animated GIFs, then you may need to use amp-anim extended component. These extended components are not difficult to use, but they simply need some planning in your site design.
The increased usage of ad blockers has made it a challenging task for the publisher to display ads on their site and monetize their websites. AMP pages now ensure effective ad monetization on mobile web and adopt a user-centric approach. The prime objective is to offer support to the range of ad formats, technologies and ad networks in AMPs.
Thus to conclude, we can say that the open nature of AMPs will offer free flow of information and ensure that mobile web works faster and better for the visitors everywhere.