AMP Pages

How does AMP work?
Under the hood, AMP framework has 3 main parts.

1- AMP HTML: Think of AMP HTML as a leaner version of regular HTML. The AMP framework has strict rules for the HTML tags you can use. To ensure fast page load, certain HTML elements like forms are not allowed on AMP. AMP framework also requires that you use a streamlined version of CSS. View the full list of required HTML tags for AMP framework. None of this should be new if you are used to building web content using modern HTML and CSS.

2- AMP JS: To ensure fast page load on mobile platforms, AMP restricts the use of any Javascript. The only exception is for AMP scripts, which are optimized with page load acceleration in mind. What AMP takes away with JS, it provides with a library of easy-to-implement components. You can create animations, load content dynamically, modify layout, and more using AMP’s vast component library. (And don’t worry, there’s an AMP component for GDPR compliance, too.)

3- AMP CDN : Commonly known as AMP Cache, a critical component of AMP platform is its proxy-based content delivery network (CDN). The CDN fetches AMP content and caches it for fast delivery. By default, the AMP CDN caches all valid AMP content and does not provide an option to opt out. However, you can continue leveraging your own CDN provider on top of AMP cache to customize your content delivery configurations.

So, should I use AMP for my website?
In the few years since AMP was launched, it is generally accepted that media sites do well on AMP. Since the majority of content on media sites is static, these websites have seen significant boosts in organic search traffic. In addition, Google has also made it simple for publishers to make their content stand out with Rich Cards. For eCommerce websites with content that is heavily dynamic and changing based on user selections (think filtering, sorting, adding to cart, and more dynamic user actions), the jury is out on the how much AMP can boost performance on mobile. All SEO and mobile performance enthusiasts seem to agree that a well-implemented AMP website will:

1- Significantly increase the volume of organic search traffic.
2- Increase engagement and conversions resulting from faster, better mobile experiences.
3- Reduce the load on your servers since AMP CDN caches and responds to most search results.
4- Provide an opportunity for your content to be featured prominently in AMP carousel on mobile search results

Can I leverage web-to-app experiences on my AMP websites?
Yes! AMP provides a unique opportunity on mobile for organic traffic to search and discover content on your website. With Branch’s Journeys web-to-app smart banners, you can further the content discovery and bridge mobile web and app by building customized web-to-app experiences. Here are some specific experiences you can build with Branch on your AMP website.

1- With Branch’s AMP-compatible web-to-app Journeys, you can seamlessly route mobile users from AMP content directly into your app without risking the loss of their engagement. An additional benefit is that you will retain full analytics on your users’ behavior without having to incur the cost of retagging your website for AMP.
2- To get a full-funnel view of your users’ journeys from search results into app content, you can include Branch links behind Rich Cards. This will help you gain visibility into content that performs well with organic traffic while creating seamless experiences for you users.

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