Have you heard this term online a lot the past few months? I know of a few mobile WordPress plugins in the code index that will convert your blog into a mobile design so you can navigate on it using any type of mobile device. This is great, these plugins do their job but you can never really have your official theme showing in the mobile version using most of these plugins. This is why you should convert your existing them to a mobile responsive one. For a SEO point of view, Google actually does recommend you to build a mobile responsive design of your main theme. Your loyal visitors who know your theme/layout from viewing it on their computer/laptop would feel just like at home if they wanted to hang out on your blog to post comments or read a new blog post when using their mobile device and see the same design but slightly different layout.
My theme for this blog is now a mobile responsive one with a few kinks in it that I will work on in the next week or so. If you whip out your mobile phone and go to my blog, you will notice the same theme in a different format but you can still see everything if you was to use your regular home device to view it. I’m working on the footer issue and the menu bar issue in the next week or so. Maybe a few other changes if I can teach myself how to code it. I’m not a programmer so this blog post won’t be instructions on how to convert your WordPress theme to a mobile responsive one. You would have to hire a WordPress programmer to do this for you. By doing this, if there is any errors after he or she adds some coding in, they could fix them on the spot for you.
Over the past few months the team from StudioPress has updated every single theme in their database to a mobile responsive theme. They are getting things ready for their next framework update as they slowly I think going to add some HTML 5 functionality to their framework. Might not be in this next update but the one after that. They are working on a new version right now since WordPress updated to 3.4. I’ll be testing the beta version out on this blog again. I’ll have to write about this when it happens to let you know what changes are being made.
New WordPress designers, please read this blog post: A Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Responsive Design
The big reason you should convert your theme to a mobile responsive one is that you can remove 1 more plugin from your plugin database. To many plugins can tend to slow the blogs performance down or just not work well with other plugin’s. I’d say if you can use coding to add a feature and not have to install a plugin then do it. It’s all about page speed these days and no one likes to visit a slow blog as they are in a rush to find certain information if they landed on your blog from the search engine’s. Your bounce rate will get worse if the blog loads slow as the people will leave right away.
Anyways, if you want to join the StudioPress club as I’m a paying customer, think about purchasing a mobile responsive theme. Like I said earlier, the staff are updating all their themes to be mobile responsive this year. If the one that you pick is not updated yet, you could actually find out the codes and instructions on how to make it mobile responsive. Keep in mind, the coding will only work on the genesis framework themes so that is why I didn’t post the code in here. Ask for help in their support forum as I have a thread right now in there about my 2 issue’s to get the correct advice so I don’t break this blog.
Have a great week and don’t forget to submit your blog posts to the social world. FYI, Even though Digg was bought out, there are plans for Digg to be rebuilt from the ground up but it’ll be about 5 weeks or so till the new release. I can’t wait for this to happen as the old Digg right now stinks.
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