Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (AMP) is an open source project to create fast loading, mobile optimized version of the published content.
With WordPress ruling the web, we now have two plugins that make it possible to have your WordPress website AMP ready. The first one, AMP was built by Automattic. It automatically creates a mobile version of all the posts when viewed on a mobile device.
The other plugin is, Accelerated Mobile Pages by Ahmed & Mohammed Kaludi, founders of Magazine3.com It adds a bit more to what APM by Automattic offers. This plugin creates AMP version of the home page, posts and other pages.
- AMP by Automattic – AMP plugin built by Automattic, available at https://wordpress.org/plugins/amp/
- Accelerated Mobile Pages – AMP plugin built by Kaludi brothers, available at https://wordpress.org/plugins/accelerated-mobile-pages/
- AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages Project.
AMP by Automattic vs. Accelerated Mobile Pages
So, now the question is which one is better? AMP by Automattic is of course, backed by Automattic so it’s easy to assume that the plugin will be supported in the long run and see some new features. I hope that Accelerated Mobile Pages will also see an active development by Kaludi brothers.
Both the plugins deliver similar content presentation for single post view. You can check the screenshot below:
Accelerated Mobile Pages is a clear winner here because it creates AMP version of the home page and other standard pages along with posts. Whereas, AMP by Automattic creates AMP version of only posts.
Caching and APM Plugins
During my testing I noticed that AMP by Automattic didn’t play well with W3 Total Cache and it seemed to load standard version of the posts.
Whereas, Accelerated Mobile Pages was at par and worked pretty well.
I would like to see a better control over navigation, at the moment both the plugins output all the page links to navigation.
Other than that it will be nice if any of these plugins can add a check for the other plugin’s status. If AMP is active and user tries to activate Accelerated Mobile Pages, a warning message will be nice to have.
Are you using any of these plugins? How’s been your experience?