Firstly, the Mobile Friendly test and the URL Inspection tool in Google Search Console haven’t yet been updated to Chrome 74, so it is not possible to see how your site is being rendered by the new Googlebot (they also haven’t yet changed Googlebot’s user-agent to reflect the switch to Chrome 74). Therefore if you’re trying to detect whether the upgrade has improved Google’s ability to render your site, you’ll need to wait a while.
- Content required for the page to rank is not being present on load. Content that is loaded via user interaction is not indexable by Google
- Core Meta data (Title tag and Meta description) not included in the source HTML. This ensures that these primary signals of the pages content are indexable when the page is first crawled and are not reliant on the second pass by the Web Rendering Service (more of this later)
Dynamic Rendering is still required
In addition, to these key development requirements the upgrading of Googlebot does not mean this is the end for Dynamic Rendering. To provide a quick overview this is the delivery of server side rendered HTML snapshots to search engine crawlers via user agent detection.
For this use case Dynamic Rendering is still required as the HTML snapshots will ensure your content is fully indexed with Google’s first crawl (Google state this in their Dynamic Rendering recommendations). To help with this Google announced this week that they have introduced a new Codelab for Dynamic Rendering, which one would assume is a step you wouldn’t have taken if the functionality was no longer required.
To wrap up…
Dynamic Rendering is here to stay, it is still a requirement for search engines other than Google and is necessary for sites where content is updated frequently.