Google updates trio of testing tools

Posted on October 14, 2021


Search engine Google has updated its testing tools for accelerated mobile platform (AMP), mobile friendliness, and rich results.

All three now have the same design to make for a better user experience and ensure that previous inconsistencies between them are ironed out.

The new update will enable users to find out more information about a page when using each of the different tools. Data you can now find includes:

Page availability

This looks at whether Google can crawl the page you have entered into the tool, enables you to see when the page was last crawled by Googlebot and will show you any obstacles Google has encountered when crawling the page.

HTTP headers

This shows the HTTP header response the page returns when Google visits the site. It can help you keep on top of any 404 errors and can even show you if the website is currently down with a 500 error, or if the page has been redirected to another URL.

Page screenshots

This enables you to look at how Google sees your site. You might want to use this to check if Google can see all the content on your site, as sometimes some features of it might not load.

Paired AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) inspection

This feature allows you to inspect the canonical tag (which tells search engines the URL that represents the main copy of the page) and allows you to see the AMP URL so that you can see the stripped-down mobile version of the site.

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