Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is Google’s revolutionary framework to load web pages instantly, especially on mobile devices. It is no surprise that speed impresses Google, and therefore, if your AMP-ready website loads faster, chances are that Google will like you better than your AMP-not-supported competitors. If you haven’t already done so, it is worth ditching your current AMP-less WordPress theme to an AMP-friendly one. In fact, Publisher, the news and magazine theme, lets you switch over easily, without the hassle of backing-up and restoring data. How? Read the sections below.
Soledad is a popular, multi-concept, AMP supported WordPress theme with over 12000 sales at the time of writing. The theme is well compatible with BBPress, WooCommerce and BuddyPress. The theme layout is ‘Responsive’. It works with Visual Composer, and also works with older versions of WordPress (as early as WP 4.0). There are multiple layouts available for sidebar, portfolios, articles, etc. The theme comes with built-in CSS, PHP and JS capabilities.
MagPlus is packed with powerful features. This AMP supported theme loads about 5 times faster on mobile and has a custom cache capability. On top of this, it supports all that your website needs to get visibility on the web, v.i.z., AdSense, WooCommerce, WPML, SEO tools 40+ templates and infinite layouts. If you purchase this theme, you’ll also get unlimited patch updates. The theme comes with a built-in Visual Composer and no coding is required to set it up. You also get some premium plugins for free. Overall, it is a great theme for a modest price of USD 39.
Pearl is a 5-star rated theme on ThemeForest. Pearl is a multi-domain AMP supported theme. From beauty website to corporate websites, Pearl can be customized for any type of content (it is so customizable that you wouldn’t know different websites used the same theme!). From WooCommerce to MailChimp to Pearl IconLoader, there are several useful plugins that come with the theme. The Pearl Slider custom plugin manages responsive slideshows on the websites. This theme boasts of superior performance and shortest load times among WordPress themes in a similar genre.
True to its name, Publisher is a popular WordPress with over 8700 sales with AMP support, RTL support, Facebook Instant article support, infinite customization options, layouts and headers, 30+ free premium plugins. It is compatible with all major browsers and all major device types. It is quick to set up (1-click install). Publisher has a migrator plugin which makes it super-easy to switch over from your current WordPress theme, without disturbing the structure of your categories, posts, tags, media and pages. How cool is that! There is a live front-end page builder that is highly compatible with Visual Composer. Easy to work with, and no coding knowledge required. If you are from an Arabian country or Iran, you’d be pleased to know that Publisher works very well with specialized Arabic, Hebrew and Persian fonts.
At the time of writing, this multi-faceted AMP supported WordPress theme by PenciDesign is hosted on ThemeForest for a mere USD 39 for a single license (down from USD 69). The theme can handle high traffic sites like financial stock market sites, or sites hosting viral content, or sites with hourly news updates. The theme boasts of high performance (99% page speed score by GTmetrix and 85/100 score by Google PageSpeed). PenNews is fully optimized for SEO. Being a primarily news/magazine template, the theme has built-in capabilities for ad spaces, in-feed ads and affiliate content.
This is a good performance optimized AMP News templates from ThemeForest. AMP News Mobile has AMP-compliant templates, contact forms, custom built features and instantly loading fonts. It claims to load web pages faster than your natural eye-blink rate, and it does! It is a liquid layout theme, which means that you could expect it to work on device of any screen size and ratio. The theme design is minimal, uncluttered, fast, and mobile-optimized.
These were some of the best AMP-ready WordPress themes from ThemeForest in 2018. Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive by any means – infact AMP-supported themes will soon take the marketplace by storm, just like Responsive layout did a couple of years ago. Take time, explore the details and the live previews, and choose the best-suited theme for your website.