As more and more web users give precedence to mobile browsing than desktop browsing, they also expect to make fewer clicks on a mobile version of website than the ones accessed via the PC. Even though, several growing number of websites are designed to be accessible on small-screen mobile devices, still many websites aren’t created keeping mobile in mind. And so, sites that are not optimized for the small-screen displays will act as a barrier for their owners – much of the content or the entire website will need a revamp.
Through this post, I intend to talk about 4 of the most recommended tips that will prove incredibly useful in making your WordPress website mobile friendly.
1. Choose a Responsive WordPress Theme
Just as we know, WordPress offers tons of pre-built themes (available as free and paid themes). You can find a theme for any kind of website – be it a simple blog theme, corporate theme, an e-commerce theme, etc. Plus, you can even find several responsive themes that adjusts the layout to fit mobile displays.
Rather than spending your hard-earned cash on hiring a designer to transform your site into a mobile-friendly theme, why not handpick a free WP responsive theme? For example: Designfolio, Simple Grid, Eclipse, etc. are some great WordPress themes you can choose from, for giving an overhaul to your site.
2. Design a Site Keeping Mobile in Mind
Mobile users expect to see a version of your website that has content similar to your original website design. However, they want the actual structure of your site to be a little different as well: the screen should display a limited number of elements simultaneously, instead of showing all the elements at once on a desktop version of your site.
Here are a few key points to consider when you’re designing a mobile version of your site:
- Navigation Should be Simple: You don’t get much time to encourage people to stay on your site. And if they can’t navigate throughout your mobile site, they won’t take more than a second to abandon your site.
- Place Content According to Restricted Space: Determine the most important content you would like to display on your mobile site. Since mobile devices (especially smaller-screen devices) have restricted space, it becomes essential that your user is presented only with the information that they’ve been seeking. In essence, when mobile user lands on your website they must know what you’re offering and get what they want quickly.
- Evaluate the Speed: Make sure to keep your site small and add only relevant elements to it. This will make the site load faster or else you’ll be losing lots of potential visitors.
There are a number of plugins available online, using which you can convert your WP powered site into a mobile-friendly site, such as:
- Duda Mobile Website Builder: This is an easy to use plugin that helps make the task of creating a mobile-friendly version of your website a breeze. The plugin provides plenty of templates to choose from, for making your site mobile optimized. The best part is that it helps make your mobile site search engine friendly.
- WP Mobile Detector: This plugin performs two steps: detects mobile users (from 5000+ mobile devices) and accordingly loads a suitable mobile theme. The best aspect about this plugin is that automatically configures the theme for your site.
- WP Touch: It automatically converts your website theme into a simple and beautiful theme compatible with mobile displays. The mobile theme created using WP Touch helps users to switch easily from the mobile theme to the regular desktop theme.
3. Adding Swipe Gestures
As increasing numbers of touch screen mobiles are being developed, most of the mobile and tablet users touch events integrated within your web design. But, an unfortunate reality is that several WordPress themes don’t support touch-and-swipe gesture out-of-the-box. Luckily, there are great plugins that help adds touch swipe gestures to a WordPress site. Let’s look at three excellent WP plugins that helps to add gestures in your site:
Swiper: This is a free and one of the effective mobile touch slider that comes loaded with top notch features, including touch movement, transition effects, Images lazy loading and much more. Though it is mainly designed for iOS devices, but also works well on Android and Windows 8.
Sequence.js: It helps create responsive website sliders with unique and refreshing transition styles. The sliders created using Sequence.js is supported in modern desktop and mobile browsers (including the older IE versions).
WowBook: Do you wish to create a WordPress powered book or magazine website with flipping effects? In that case WowBook jQuery plugin is exactly what you need. It helps to add two different flipping effects to website pages.
4. Use Mobile Platforms to Make Your Site Mobile Friendly
Besides choosing a theme and choosing a plugin to embed mobile functionality, another viable alternative you can opt for is to use a mobile platform.
- MoFuse: If you’re a tech-savvy individual looking forward to turn your WordPress site mobile friendly, then MoFuse is a good option for you. This platform provides “Build-It-For-Me” services, enabling you to build your own toolkit for building a mobile website tailored to meet your needs.
- Mobify: If you run a small-to-medium size e-commerce site, and want to turn it into a mobile platform that provides optimal shopping experience for users, then Mobify is an ideal choice for you.
Though this post won’t provide you with a detailed insight – on how you can transform your WordPress website into a mobile friendly one – but will definitely help you head in the right direction.