The growth of mobile devices is a revolution to the way we access the internet these days. More internet users make use of their smartphones & tablets than PCs these days while surfing the web and thus the reason to build a mobile version of your website.
WordPress mobile site is essential for every blogger so you don’t deprive your mobile audience of your content. In fact Google recommends that website owners create mobile versions of their sites if you want to improve your SEO.
There are various ways you can build your WordPress mobile site and I intend to share these ways in this article with you. The option ranges from simple and low cost to expensive and complex methods, so you can choose the one that best suits your need.
You can easily build a WordPress mobile site with third party plugins that are not related to your theme. While some of these plugins maybe free others are not, but with them you can create a WordPress mobile site that can give your audience a friendly interface to consume your contents.
Some plugins you can use to build your WordPress mobile site includes;
All these plugins will simply display your site in a suitable manner for your mobile audience. I have personally used a couple of them, in fact I recently switched from MobilePress to Jetpack Mobile Theme. If you are looking at my site now via a mobile device you will probably be viewing the mobile theme.
To install the Mobile Theme, simply install Jetpack plugin and install & configure the mobile theme module to display a mobile site for your mobile audience. This option is simpler than the MobilePress I was using before, I like the interface, it’s neater and simpler.
Another way to have a mobile site displayed for your mobile users is by the use of a responsive theme. Responsive themes will resize to fit every screen size your site is viewed with. With a responsive design you don’t have to worry about using any extra plugins to make your WordPress mobile site.
In one of my previously published articles titled “Why you should use a responsive design for your website”, I explained why you should consider a responsive theme while building your WordPress site.
Separate Mobile Site
Another way you can build your WordPress mobile site to build a separate mobile site entirely with a different domain or sub-domain. You may have seen sites that have m.thedomain.com. Such sites usually have a completely separate file structure that loads on the browser whenever it detects a mobile device.
While I can recommend the first two options above and not the later for anyone is because creating a separate mobile site may have some effects to your SEO as Google clearly recommends that webmasters follow the industry best practice of using responsive web design, namely serving the same HTML for all devices and using only CSS media queries to decide the rendering on each device.
Using a single URL for a page, rather than a separate mobile URL e.g. netmediablog.com vs. m.netmediablog.com will help the overall SEO of your site and pages by channeling all present and potential link juice into a single URL, instead of splitting it.
Now I hope you can build your WordPress mobile site easily choosing any of the options that best suits your needs. If you have any questions or contributions, be free to use the comment section below.