One of the major reasons that have led to the phenomenal success of AMP is that it not only enhances the speed of loading mobile web pages, but also enables webmasters to validate the process. It is important to understand that only valid AMP pages are shown in Google search results, which makes it necessary for webmasters to check the validity of their AMP pages. Moreover, checking the validity also enables the webmasters to identify any errors in these pages and seek solutions to rectify the same. Discussed below are the best ways in which webmasters can check the validity of their AMP pages and also detect any problems with the pages once they go live.
Validating AMP Pages
There are several tools available online which can be used by webmaster to validate their AMP pages. The most popular of these tools are as follows.
Browser Developer Tools: Using this tool requires the webmasters to load the AMP page into their browser and the add “#development=1” at the end of its url. They can the check for any validation errors by opening the Chrome DevTools console where any issues that the page might be having are listed.
AMP Web Validator: This is a simple tool that is available for free online and is extremely simple to use. In order to use the tool, the webmasters need to copy and paste the source code into the tool. As the code is analyzed, the tool displays the error messages detected within the lines of code. The tool even enables the webmasters to edit the code directly in the validator and then get the AMP pages re-validated.
AMP Browser Extensions: Using this method enables the webmasters to identify and rectify the errors in invalid AMP pages eve as they browse through the website. The errors and warnings for each webpage can be viewed by clicking the extension icon which lists the source line, source column and also the error that is present.
Command Line Tool: Using this tool might require the webmasters to download node.js along with its package manager on their systems. Once the file has been downloaded, the webmasters can enter the URL of the page to be validated or the local file name to check its validity status. They can then download and save the errors file and run its at the command prompt to view the list of errors that cause the AMP page to become invalid.
In case any errors are detected in AMP pages, they do not get discovered or distributed by third party websites and also cannot be seen in Google AMP cache. This situation can be rectified by resolving the errors that prevent the validation of amp pages. Contrary to the popular belief, debugging validation issues is not as complex a process as it appears. Each of the above tools provides ample information about the error as well as the ways to rectify them. Moreover, tools like AMP Web Developer even enable the webmasters to rectify the errors in real time. Similarly, other tools also provide easy options to resolve the validation errors in an effective and timely manner.