The different modes using the official WordPress AMP Plugin

Using the official WordPress AMP Plugin allows you to choose between 3 different modes, all with distinct differences. See the summary below of all 3 modes, providing you with information on how to best choose the most suitable mode for your website.

Reader Mode (formerly known as “Classic Mode”)

This mode provides a basic look and feel for the AMP version of your website. It automatically strips out non conforming AMP content such as custom JavaScript to ensure AMP valid URLs. It disregards your existing WordPress theme to ensure an AMP compatible basic look and appearance. This is probably the best option if you are not using an AMP compatible theme. Bear in mind you might need to add your own AMP sidebar component for navigation. 

  • Appearance: Basic look and feel (Ignores active WordPress theme)
  • Automatic Removal: Non valid AMP content automatically removed
  • Content Types: AMP valid pages and posts (not category pages or lists)
  • AMP Delivery: AMP URLs & non AMP URLs operate side by side
  • Navigation Menu: No navigation menu (but users can easily modify template to add navigation sidebar)
  • Widget Areas: Widget areas will not appear in this mode

Examples of websites using AMP in ‘Reader’ mode: 

Transitional Mode (formerly known as “Paired Mode”)

This mode uses your existing WordPress theme to ensure a consistent look between your AMP and non AMP URLs. Users still have an AMP version and non AMP version of all URLs (if you select all content types to be AMP valid). This mode, along with ‘Native’ works best when using the AMPFace theme, or any other AMP compatible theme.

  • Consistency: Uses existing WordPress theme for appearance
  • Error Reporting: Plugin highlights any non AMP valid content 
  • Content Types: Select AMP for some pages, posts, categories
  • AMP Delivery: AMP URLS & non AMP URLS operate side by side
  • Themes: AMP valid themes
  • Delivery: AMP URLS & non AMP URLS operate side by side

Examples of websites using AMP in ‘Transitional’ mode: 


Native Mode

Using this mode means your website will not have any /amp or /?amp at the end of each URL on your AMP pages, as you will only have 1 version of your website, which is AMP. Your URLs will all be AMP where possible. This mode works great for this ready to go 100% AMP, and it’s a mode that works with with AMPFace! 

  • AMP First: Website is AMP by default, canonical AMP
  • Automatic Removal: Non AMP valid content removed 
  • Appearance: Matches active WordPress theme
  • Content Types: Users can select all/some content types
  • Delivery: Canonical AMP Desktop & mobile
  • Search Impact: AMP website is indexed
  • AMP Delivery: AMP pages by default with no /amp suffix (non valid AMP falls back to non AMP)

Examples of websites using AMP in ‘Native’ mode: