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AMP: Building Accelerated Mobile Pages

By : Ruadhan O'Donoghue
Book Image

AMP: Building Accelerated Mobile Pages

By: Ruadhan O'Donoghue

Overview of this book

Google introduced the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project to give mobile users lightning-fast response times when accessing web pages on mobile devices. AMP delivers great user experiences by providing a framework for optimizing web pages that otherwise would take much longer to load on a mobile platform. This book shows how to solve page performance issues using the mobile web technologies available today. You will learn how to build instant-loading web pages, and have them featured more prominently on Google searches. If you want your website to succeed on mobile, if you care about SEO, and if you want to stay competitive, then this book is for you! You will go on a mobile web development journey that demonstrates with concrete examples how to build lightning-fast pages that will keep your visitors on-site and happy. This journey begins by showing how to build a simple blog article-style web page using AMP. As new concepts are introduced this page is gradually refined until you will have the skills and confidence to build a variety of rich and interactive mobile web pages. These will include e-commerce product pages, interactive forms and menus, maps and commenting systems, and even Progressive Web Apps.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Actions and Events
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Preparing your web server environment

Time to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty with some code. First we'll need to set up a web server. Since AMP is built on standard web technologies--HTML, JavaScript, and CSS--there are no special hosting requirements. To run the examples in this book, you'll need to host the example files on a web server such as Apache, NGINX or NodeJS; any web server will do. We won't go into how to set up a web server in this book, but you should have a basic understanding of working with the web server of your choice. In particular:

  • You should be able to deploy HTML files to the correct location on the server
  • In some cases AMP requires files to be served from an alternative domain or subdomain, so you should have a way to achieve this, whether it's via a virtual host or domain alias on the same server, or hosted on another server altogether
  • Unless you are working on the localhost domain, AMP requires HTTPS in some cases, so it's a good idea to have this set up too

Alternatively, if you just want to follow along without hosting the files yourself, the examples are all hosted on The source code is also available on github at