A mobile unfriendly site is never an excuse that would hold good if your site fails to incite traffic or rave reviews. In addition to the mobile frenzy all around, keeping track of the diverse devices through which visitors reach your site is next to impossible. Hence a site consistent with mobile is not just desirable but a necessity by all means.
But, why’s the emphasis on WordPress? Unless you intend to build a highly secure, enterprise level, real-time data intensive site, WordPress would fit your bill. A minimum know-how is all that you require to tame this simple and easy to use CMS cum blogging platform. No wonder, as of 22 Nov 2012, 17.4% of all websites are powered by WordPress. And in terms of popularity WordPress is second to none.
Responsiveness is the core trait of any mobile friendly site. Like an all-weather, all-terrain tyre that has no inhibitions in treading difficult terrains, your mobile friendly site should be capable of adjusting itself to any screen size and device. This means you can give your site visitors the best user-experience while browsing your site on any of their devices. This novel method has led to the discontinuation of creating complex tools and multiple themes to make websites responsive on various devices.
Responsive designs even take care of the changes in the viewport when the orientation changes from landscape to portrait or vice-versa. For example, earlier when there’s a change in orientation, the corresponding alteration in the viewport scale used to render text or image illegible. But when the responsive design is in place, anything from smaller margins to reorganization of contents can be defined with ease, thereby keeping the user-experience intact. And at any point if a need arises to remove the responsive features, simply disabling it is all that’s required.
Having said so, you shouldn’t mistake responsive designs with fluid layouts. Responsive design can be termed as an evolving discipline of study wherein it’s a combination of practices and tools that intends to present the site with a great user-experience. Whereas fluid layouts are a predecessor of responsive design and is a by-product of design. Fluid designs cannot guarantee good quality responsiveness to sites when being browsed on handheld devices.
You can have your site responsive to diverse devices by either resorting to a mix of themes and browser detection plugins or you can make use of full-fledged plugins that’ll single handedly take care of your site’s responsive needs.
Plugins preparing your site for mobiles
The plugin built on jQuery framework enables features such as touch-optimized layouts, collapsible menus, widgets, dynamic page loading, cross-platform compatibility, etc. Besides, the plugin can work alongside other plugins with no compatibility issues. It comes with 7 pre-installed mobile themes. You can have the plugin generate statistics on various usage metrics. The plugin is one of the debutants that could distinguish between standard and advanced mobile devices.
Apart from it’s intended role, MobilePress allows for custom theme development and designing. These custom themes can then be used in MobilePress powered blogs and as themes for specific mobile devices. A salient feature of the blog is its ability to index your mobile site in popular search engines since the plugin in SEO equipped. The plugin has inbuilt site analytics that gives you valuable data on your mobile site’s traffic. Tie-up with Aduity.com gives you the option to promote ads of others as well as yours.
The plugin chooses themes based on the user’s choice. The user can select themes and customize his experience, at the same time the plugin stores his preferences. The plugin features themes created by Forum Nokia, ribot, etc. An admin panel allows access to admin interface giving the administrator rights to make changes in the blog via mobile. It also features mobile analytics, ad widget, barcode widget (to bookmark your site), An option for automatic listing on mpexo provides you with greater visibility among users.
The bottom line is – plugins, tools and themes can only serve to enhance your WP site’s mobile readiness but it’s never an end in itself. An assortment of every possible means is the way out to get your mobile site where you want it to be.
Author Bio:- Rohit Singhal is an emarketer working with Pixelcrayons, a web development company, is the contributor of this post. The company specializes in ecommerce solutions, CMS solutions, responsive web design implementation, WordPress Development and more.