Google Search Console tools start to match URL Inspection Tool


Google has updated three of its public-facing Search Console tools to match and “line up” with the Google Search Console URL Inspection Tool. Specifically, the AMP, Mobile Friendly, and Rich Results tools are now visually and functionally similar and identical to the URL Inspection Tool.

This is what the side-by-side mobile-friendly test looks like in the Audience Tool (image left) and URL Inspect Tool (image right) – click image to view full size real:

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Now the user interfaces and functionality are the same, Google said it was making “changes to their designs and improved functionality to be fully aligned with the URL inspection tool.” “The changes include standardization of previous functionality, as well as new functionality that you may be familiar with from the URL Inspection Tool. Specifically, from now on, the following fields will be flagged at once on public testing and URL inspection tools. “

  • Page availability: Was Google able to crawl the page, when it was crawled, or any obstacles encountered while crawling the URL.
  • HTTP Headers – The HTTP header response returned from the inspected URL.
  • Page screenshot – The rendered page as seen by Google.
  • Matched AMP Inspection, inspect both canonical URL and AMP URL.

This is a good thing because having multiple tools from Google showing different things can confuse its audience, as we saw yesterday.

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