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AMPWPTools News to Know Round-Up: February 2021

Like many developers, we here at AMPWPTools are closely watching the news as the debut of Google’s Page Experience update draws nearer. Of course we also realize that not everyone has the time to discover and consume every article published on the matter. With that in mind, we’ve combed through the previous month’s batch of news to highlight the top developments, insights, and commentary items you should know about.

In this round-up, we’ll be featuring the top news items related to AMP, Core Web Vitals, and WordPress from February 2021.

How to Audit Core Web VitalsSearch Engine Land

As May approaches, site owners are continuing to learn about Core Web Vitals and what actions they’ll need to take ahead of the update. Meanwhile, others may still be wondering where to even start. With that in mind, this guide walks through the Core Web Vitals audit process step by step.

Core Web Vitals Might Include Noindexed PagesSearch Engine Journal

For all that’s known about the Page Experience Update, there are still plenty of questions yet to be answered. One such query is whether site owners will be able to “noindex” slower pages in order to assist their Core Web Vitals. However, an interview with Google’s John Mueller suggests there may be at least a possibility that these “noindexed” pages would still factor into Core Web Vital scores.

How to Design an SEO-Friendly Website that Google Will LovePromotion World

As the upcoming Page Experience Update demonstrates, there are certain qualities that Google looks for in websites. Thus, those who tailor their sites to adhere to certain guidelines may see better rankings for their pages. Of course, one of the top factors sites should consider when building a page Google will love is speed — including utilizing the AMP framework.

Google Search Console Changes Core Web Vitals ReportingSearch Engine Journal

In some good news for site owners monitoring their Core Web Vitals, Google’s Search Console has made a small but notable update to its tool. Previously, in order to obtain a “good” rating in the largest contentful paint, first input delay, and cumulative layout shift categories, stats needed to exceed the standards. Now, if results are less than or equal to the standard, a “good” rating will still be achieved.

How to Prepare for Page Experience and Core Web VitalsBusiness2Community

Even as we start to get into the weeds of Core Web Vitals, it’s always good to back up and look at the basics. For those in need of a catch-up primer, this guide will take you through some must-know details.

A Quick Guide to WordPress Business Insider

In last month’s round-up, we noted that WordPress now powers 40% of all sites on the Internet. So, how did the service grow to such prominence? This short post shares a bit of history about the platform while also pointing out some key features and naming a few major sites that run on WordPress.

Core Web Vitals Challenge: WordPress vs EveryoneSearch Engine Journal

Although WordPress may be the most popular content management system (CMS), they’re far from the only one. Because of this, site owners may be curious how WordPress compares to other platforms such as Joomla, Drupal, Squarespace, and Wix when it comes to Core Web Vital stats. Spoiler: the results show that normal WordPress pages on their own may not perform as well as needed.

That wraps up the February review. As you can tell Core Web Vitals is on a lot of people’s minds. Fortunately incorporating AMP can go a long ways towards improving your scores. As always feel free to reach out or comment if you have questions.

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