The New Evergreen GoogleBot

Google Chrome

Google is making Googlebot evergreen.

Wasn’t it already evergreen??

Here evergreen means, that every time a new version of chrome will be updated silently.

Initially, Googlebot was using a web rendering service which was based on Chrome 41. And now, it’s making a quantum leap to Chrome 74.

Isn’t it amazing!

 “Today, we are happy to announce that Googlebot now runs the latest Chromium rendering engine (74 at the time of this post) when rendering pages for Search. Moving forward, Googlebot will regularly update its rendering engine to ensure support for latest web platform features.”

Initially, Googlebot was straggling behind to make sure whether it’s indexing web pages that are compatible with older versions of Chrome or not.

Although, it was doing a disservice to websites that were built on modern frameworks with the features not supported by Chrome 41.

Martin Splitt of Google announced that the upgrade to Chrome 74 that means Googlebot now supports over 1,000 new features.

Let’s check some exciting features supported by Googlebot:

  • ES6 and newer JavaScript features
  • Intersection Observer for lazy-loading
  • Web Components v1 APIs

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