Web browsers these days have become much more advanced than they used to be, but this doesn’t mean that you should build websites that run on only the latest versions of web browser. Also, you shouldn’t build websites that GoogleBot (Google’s web crawler) can’t fully crawl and index. These bits of advice come from John Mueller when he was asked about Google’s status on modernizing GoogleBot to a more recent version of Chrome.
In his opinion, Mueller feels you should make your web pages “work with the status quo” of how GoogleBot currently crawls the web. It’s best to do that than “rather than waiting for bigger changes, if you care for search.”
The following are the tweets with the question and answer from John Mueller:
I’d recommend making it work with the status quo, rather than waiting for bigger changes, if you care for search.
— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) December 26, 2018
Since Google is an important source of traffic to most websites, you’ll want to be sure that Google is fully able to crawl and index the content on your web pages. If a complete web site crawl doesn’t happen, there’s a small chance that those web pages can rank in Google for the keywords people might search for to find your pages. Basically, if you get too fancy with your web pages, that can ultimately lead to the site not coming up in Google search.