How to Make Your WordPress Blog Mobile Friendly

 

I’ve been researching about this topic for a while. As you all know, Google PageSpeed Insights now has a ‘beta’ feature that revolves around ‘mobile user experience. Also, the mobile web users’ number is increasing very fast. Thus, mobile optimization is unavoidable. Here, I’ve compiled a list of free WordPress mobile plugins and some tips to get you started. But before that, imagine the following scenario-

mobile phones

Set to rule the web world!

 

Imagine you are trying to access a blog using your smartphone. Your aim is to obtain some very useful information from the blog. You see, internet is not just about facebook, pirated movies and porn! Oftentimes, serious folks like me (I assure you I’m) use the internet for obtaining information. All right, so you’re waiting for this blog to open. After waiting for long, when the blog finally loads up, you find that it is poorly rendered!

angry man

Pictured- your reaction

 

All this commotion is followed by you cursing that blog, giving the webmaster ‘the bird’ and leaving that blog! What a story! This often results when blogs are poorly optimized for mobile devices. Have you too been ignoring the aspect of mobile optimization? If yes, chances are that many visitors might be cursing your blog and flipping the bird at you (I’m sorry to say that).

 

I’ve got some facts and figures to show you. These stats will help you better understand the ‘impact’ that ‘smartphone revolution’ has had on internet surfing habits of people. Brace yourself; these stats will blow you away-

 

50% of mobile web users use mobile as primary means of going online

Over 1.2 Billion people are accessing web using mobile devices

Mobile traffic constitutes 15% of all internet traffic

28.85% of all e-mails are opened on mobile phones and 10.16% on tablets

 

Well, I stumbled upon these stats thanks to an infographic I found on Digitalbuzzblog. I guess that now you are convinced about the ‘influence’ mobile devices have on web surfing habits of people. If you are still not convinced, I guess you belong to stone age!

 

Folks, I haven’t included stats showing ‘close relationship’ between mobile devices and social media. You, me and lots of other people rely more on mobile phones for visiting social sites. Come on, accept the fact. Mobile devices are gonna rule the web world in the future.

 

I agree that you’ve spent countless hours sweating, typing and researching to come up with freaking awesome blog posts. But, in the future, a time will come when lion’s share of your visitors will be using mobile devices to access your blog!

 

If you don’t make your blog mobile friendly, all the hard-work, you unwillingly put in, will go in vain!

 

Here, I’ve listed some very practical solutions that’ll make your blog mobile friendly. Let me give you an idea about what lies ahead in this article. The solution consists of using a responsive theme, using some free WordPress mobile plugins, creating a subdomain, using media query etc. If you’ve braved the stats, brace yourself again, here comes the solutions-

 

Solution #1- Use an awesome Responsive theme

 

mobile theme

Be ‘responsive’able!

 

This solution is for the lazy folks out there. Just purchase a responsive theme, install and set it and forget about this whole ‘mobile optimization’ affair!

 

You barely have to do any manual settings. The theme will take care of all the optimization aspects. It works like this- set it and forget about it! If you wanna tweak and modify your blog’s mobile avatar, such themes allows you to do so!

 

All you lazy folks out there, I assure you that responsive themes will make your life a lot easier. Go, grab some awesome premium responsive themes from Theme Junkie! They are awesome! Use them and just don’t worry about mobile optimization ever again!

 

Solution #2- Use any of these free WordPress mobile plugins-

 

free wordpress mobile plugins

 

If you are the ‘Uncle Scrooge’ type blogger, who don’t want to spend money on responsive themes, these plugins will help you. In fact, you’ll love them. They’ll ensure that your blog is decently optimized for mobile devices. Most of these plugins comes with their own ‘mobile themes’, tailor-made for small screens.

 

Here’s the list of plugins that I recommend. Choose wisely Mr Scrooge!

scrooge duck

Pictured- you!
Courtesy- Flickr

 

#1 WPtouch Mobile Plugin

WPtouch is a plugin that is used and trusted by newbie and professional bloggers alike. So, naturally, it must be pretty ‘solid’ to have been used and downloaded by many folks!

 

It has a free version and a pro version. So, if you are not willing to spend your hard earned money, the free version will do a decent job.

 

Upon installing and activating this plugin, it automatically enables an apt, simple mobile layout for your blog. Basically, just like in your wild fantasy, you’ll get the job done without much effort!

 

If you are the active and hard working type like me (I’m dangerously hard-working, mind you!), you may go to the admin panel of the plugin and tweak the settings and layout a bit! You know, basic customization, colors and all.

 

This plugin allows visitors the freedom to switch between mobile and regular (desktop) versions of your blog. And if you are willing to spend money, go for WP Touch Pro. To be honest, I haven’t tried the pro version yet.

 

From whatever info I could gather from WP Touch Pro users, I can safely conclude that it offers amazing customizing options. Also, the support team is caring and quick at solving problems.

 

#2 JetPack Mobile Theme

To make use of this option, first of all you must have JetPack plugin installed and activated. And let me warn you; this plugin won’t give a ‘stylish’ look to your blog’s mobile version! But still, it ensures that your blog gets rendered on mobile devices fast. If it is improving user experience that matters to you, this tool will satisfy your needs. This theme won’t display ads like the way they are displayed on desktop.

 

Activating this theme is simple. Head straight to ‘JetPack’ section on your Dashboard. Among the list of tools that it offers, you’ll find ‘Mobile Theme’. Just activate it and you’re done!

 

Now, regarding the customization part, you don’t have to worry much about it. This is because there are only 2 options to configure! Make sure that you set up the ‘excerpt’ option. It is the only thing you should be concerned about.

 

#3 WordPress Mobile Pack

According to the creators of this plugin, WP Mobile Pack  is a complete toolkit to make your blog mobile friendly. To an extent, they are true!

 

This plugin comes with a custom mobile theme, which is decent enough. It also has a ‘switcher’ that helps it to recognize the device (desktop or mobile) and render your blog accordingly.

 

This is a smart plugin that automatically scales down images, divides posts and pages etc to fit it in a small screen appropriately. If you’re an AdSense publisher, this plugin also offers an ad widget to help display ads.

 

The admin panel feature allows you to access your blog and use basic admin rights to do activities like moderating comments, editing posts etc. Analytics feature helps keep track of visitor count and similar info.

 

#4 WP Mobile Edition

What I like about this plugin is that it comes loaded with lots of useful features. Like other plugins, this one also ‘detects’ the device that the visitor is using. Upon detecting a mobile device, it switches the theme accordingly.

 

The default theme that it offers is pretty good. It comprises of all the basic necessities a theme should have. It even has good social sharing options included in it.

 

Earlier, I talked about ‘loads’ of features. Well, I actually meant it and wasn’t lying. This plugin offers some serious features related to SEO!

 

It comes with an inbuilt mobile XML Sitemap generator! This little fellow will ensure better visibility for your blog in ‘mobile’ searches made using Google, Bing, Yahoo etc.

 

Ad publishing isn’t compromised, thanks to an ad widget it offers. You may effortlessly publish ads and expect the mobile theme to render it seamlessly on smaller screens!

 

This theme too, basically belongs to your fantasy. It helps get lots of job done without much efforts from your side. Check this plugin out at the WordPress.Org repository.

 

#5 Any mobile theme switcher

All right folks, this plugin is a bit different. This plugin wants you to keep a few mobile themes in your WordPress database. Don’t frown, I know it is a bit daunting task. But still, making use of this plugin will give your blog a ‘special look’!

 

So, have you downloaded and uploaded a handful of mobile themes? If yes, install this plugin and start assigning themes to various types of browsers!

 

This plugin allows you to select which theme will be used on a ‘specific’ mobile browser. Take a look at the screenshot to understand it-

anymobile theme switcher admin panel

Clean and Simple!

 

I hope that the screenshot made you understand it well. Of course, images convey messages better than text!

 

So, this plugin gives you the freedom to choose different mobile themes for different mobile browsers like android, Opera Mini, Windows etc. I told you, this plugin will give your blog a special look! See, I wasn’t lying!

 

#6 Mobile Smart

Sleek, light and easy to use- this is how I’d describe this plugin. It comes with a ‘detection tool’, that identifies the device (mobile or desktop) and delivers your blog accordingly.

 

If it finds a mobile device, your blog will get delivered on the ‘boilerplate’ theme. I’m afraid, it is not the sexiest theme around in the town. But still, it won’t let your blog down! User experience won’t be compromised, I can assure you that.

 

A feature of this plugin that I really love is its knack of recognizing the ‘type’ of mobile device. This fellow can effortlessly find out whether a mobile device sports a touch screen, qwerty keypad or the regular alphanumeric keypad. It ensures that the ‘best configured’ version of your blog is delivered to the device!

 

#7 Duda Mobile site builder

This plugin works like a charm across most of the WordPress themes. All you have to do is make a mobile friendly version of your blog using drag and drop operations! And Duda will deliver your blog based on its ‘device recognition’ prowess. I must admit that it does this ‘recognition’ job well!

 

Yes, you can get a bit ‘creative’ while using it. Further, it involves no coding. It’s all ‘drag and drop’ stuff. So, you may even ask your granny to make it for you!

 

Other features includes- excellent mobile SEO, good ad placing options, analytics etc.

 

Solution #3- Create a ‘m.yoursite.com’ subdomain and deliver something special to mobile visitors

If the above plugins haven’t satisfied you, I’ve got more tricks up my sleeve! You want your blog’s mobile version to be unique and want it to stand out from the crowd? Want a ‘stylish mobile theme’ to be rendered across all mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and various mobile browsers? I suggest you to create a subdomain.

 

Using the C Panel, it is very easy to create a subdomain. Okay, for your sake, I’ll just run through the process-

 

Log in to your C Panel

subdomain in cpanel

Head to the ‘Subdomain’ part. It is that ‘globe’ and ‘www’ thing right there.

 

creating subdomain

Create an ‘m.yoursite.com subdomain. The document root should be /public_html or same as the directory containing your WordPress installation files.

 

Time for victory dance! Mission accompli… hey, wait, you’ve created the Subdomain, but still, there are things still to be done..

 

After creating the subdomain, you need a plugin that’ll redirect mobile web users to it. That’s when ‘Mobile Domain’ comes handy.

 

After installing the said plugin, activate it. In its settings, you can choose a mobile theme (which I assume you already have saved in your WP database) that’ll be used on the mobile subdomain!

 

In the settings, all you need to do is enter the subdomain you just created. This is followed by the selection of the mobile theme! That’s it, the plugin will take care of the everything else!

 

This plugin also comes with a Mobile XML Sitemap creator. You may use Google Webmaster Tools to claim the mobile subdomain and submit Mobile Sitemap.

 

Creating an m.domain.com thing is highly recommended if your blog is getting lots of mobile web visitors. Besides, it also helps you customize the subdomain without the fear of it influencing the speed and performance of your blog’s main theme. Even caching for the subdomain can be arranged separately, making it an independent entity!

 

Solution #4- Using the @media query to make mobile version of your blog

 

guy coding

This method is for those who have knowledge of CSS coding. If you haven’t heard at all about CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), you better leave this section and head to the end of this post.

 

Basically, the stylesheet.css of your blog can be tweaked to deliver a customized ‘mobile version’ of your blog to the appropriate devices.

 

This task can be accomplished using the Media query. You just need to specify the ‘screen size’ of the device and insert your ‘mobile friendly CSS’ in curly braces. Okay, coding done? Insert it in your stylesheet.css. Take a backup folks, I don’t want you to ruin your blog, in case if something goes wrong.

 

Basically, the media query, to set a definite screen dimension, looks like this-

 

@media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px){YOUR BLOG’S MOBILE FRIENDLY CSS}

You see how this works, don’t you? We are basically setting a ‘specific screen width’ for a specific device. In the above case, that specific device is an iPhone! The curly braces should contain the customized CSS, which is to be displayed for the iPhone. You may go for specific font size, header size, footer characteristics etc.

 

After inserting the above code in your blog’s stylesheet.css, this customized css will be served to iPhone users who visit your blog!

 

This is just a simple example, focusing solely on a very finite set of ‘screen size’. If you wanna go for a ‘complex’ mobile design, it’ll involve you making a separate mobile.css file and linking it to the media query! Further, you may make use of ‘@media (min width: )’ also to your advantage!

 

Wait, I’m no coding guru, so I suggest that you read this post by the experts, related to CSS 3 and media query. This method is particularly useful, if you wanna give your own ‘touch’ to your blog’s mobile version.

 

Over to you

Mobile devices are here to stay. I mean, looking at the exponential growth in their use, to surf the internet, I can say that confidently. So, make your blog mobile friendly, or get set to lose visitors. You may go for responsive themes, free WordPress plugins, a separate subdomain or CSS coding to accomplish this task. Just keep Nike’s tagline in mind- ‘Just Do It’. On a lighter note, I won’t charge you for sharing this post on social sites! Share, share and share it fellas!

 

51 Responses to “How to Make Your WordPress Blog Mobile Friendly”

  1. December 22, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Awesome post yarr :)

    I stumbled with your blogging knowledge and I think I should learn a lot.

    Yeah, i heard the essential of having responsive theme for mobile users and thinking to change my blog’s theme.

    I never heard of these WP plugins for mobiles, thanks for sharing it Arun :)

    I turned a regular reader of your blog as you got the impressive post every time. Keep doing it :)
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 23, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Thanks a lot for the compliments Nirmala! It means a lot, coming from you! :)

      Keep visiting!

      Arun

      • December 28, 2013 at 11:50 am #

        Hi! Arun. loved your article. Now-a-days mobile users are increasing to a great extent and having a mobile friendly blog just opens up your blog to a who new audience. You increase your audience and that means your community grows. Nice effort to make a master article. :)
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        • Arun Kallarackal
          December 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

          Avi Bro,

          Thanks man for the compliments! That means a lot, coming from you :)

          Mobile web is gaining popularity at a notoriously fast rate. Thanks to android and smartphone revolution, even the doodhwala accesses web using it!

          Being bloggers, either we satisfy mobile visitors or lose traffic!

          Thanks for sharing your take on the topic bro :)

          Arun

  2. December 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Great info! I’m sharing!
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Thank you so much Martha! I really appreciate it :)

  3. December 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Really Awesome Article Arun. I Learn lots of thing form this post i rally enjoy this article..
    Keep IT UP.. :)

    @ Harsh
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks bro :)

  4. December 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    These day, screen responsiveness matters most because people are using smartphones and tablets more than desktops, laptops and notebook. If your visitors are not able to view your blog in proper way, You will lose them.

    Plugins are helpful but they don’t give attractive look. Using css3, You can easily make your blog screen responsive. I prefer using this method rather than plugins. Anyway, Great post once again.
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      True that bro. Most free WP Mobile plugins do a decent job. But they don’t give that ‘unique’ look and customizability.

      Editing CSS can give mobile version that unique look. But that’s only recommended for people with good coding knowledge.

    • March 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

      Agreed with you Ravi Kumar. Responsive sites are more in demand and people are prefer more responsive site rather than old typical site which is worthless. Responsive is more good :)

  5. December 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Hello Arun,

    Nice Post on Mobile plugin!!! I use genesis on my site which take care of mobile compatibility by using @media
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Hey Surendra! That’s the benefit of using Responsive theme :) Set it and forget about it..

      Thanks for the compliments man!

  6. December 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Hi Arun,

    Awesome post, I must say it at the first!

    Love the tone of your post and thanks for the category of ‘lazy folks’ where I find cozy :)

    Regarding various options, I’ve tried with plugins to the extreme Duda but each has their own limitation. They can be a quick fix for some time but none will satisfy you for long. One major problem with those plugins is that, they confuse about your PC and deliver the wrong kind of blog than expected. I’ve seen many mobile version of blog in my laptop screen. Unacceptable!

    Creating subdomain and using plugin to handle the mobile and desktop version of blog sounds great solution. However, I’m afraid here again the same problem will suffer or not. Another aspect, as we have two versions of same blog on two different URL, it will risk the SEO benefits be distributed. How Google with behave then?

    So, at the end of day, the day when you can buy responsive theme for your blog, this is the only solution for future. I hope, all the themes in future will be responsive themes and we’ll stop talking about it altogether!

    Thanks for the awesome discussion in truly lovely tone! :)
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi Suresh Sir,

      It feels nice to get compliments from bloggers whom we admire. And you are a blogger whom I admire!

      Mobile plugins won’t keep us satisfied for long. They are temporary solutions. If they offer more possibilities of customization, then we can consider using them for long time.

      Sir, creating subdomain and using that plugin works well. That subdomain can be treated as a ‘separate’ entity. Even a separate XML Sitemap can be generated for it.

      Finally, there are responsive themes for ‘lazy folks’ :)

      Thanks for sharing your views :)

      Arun

  7. December 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    There is of course no doubt that mobile is reigning! One Indian company was doing a great job when it came to going mobile with your blog.

    Mobstac is the name! I am on a responsive template though but when it comes to plugins, I love mobilepress.
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 24, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      Hey Emmanuel, thanks for sharing your views bro! Since you’ve got a responsive theme, you can afford to be lazy (when it comes to mobile optimization!) :)

  8. December 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Arun,
    I don’t think having a separate mobile site is a Good idea. In fact, Google don’t prefer having separate mobile site for blogs.

    Mobile site is for app based website. For e.g. Gmail requires a separate mobile site. Every options of Gmail couldn’t be used on mobile if the site is responsive.

    I think having a responsive site is a nice option for blogs.

    Good luck!
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 24, 2013 at 12:25 am #

      Hi Shahzad,

      If ‘the said blog has less mobile web traffic, no need for m.subdomain. But for huge web traffic, m.subdomain is suggested’- I read it somewhere bro. That made me delved a bit more about this ‘subdomain for mobile’ concept.

      In the end, for blogs, choosing and using a responsive theme is the key! Thanks for sharing your views bro! :)

      Arun

  9. December 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    Hi Arun,

    Honestly speaking I don’t like to read long posts. But truly speaking this one is different. It forced me to write the whole post.

    Coming back to post, I think nowadays is the era of responsive sites, and one should adopt to it as soon as possible. separate mobile site for a blog might not be a good idea bro…
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 24, 2013 at 12:26 am #

      :) Glad that my post forced you to read it whole! I hope you found it interesting!

      Thanks for sharing your views Aditya!

      Arun

  10. December 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Awesome post Arun! Well seem this is very informative and comprehensive post and WPtouch Mobile Plugin is my favorite plugin which I’m using for all my blog and It’s very great plugin to make the wordpress blog compatible with mobile devices.

    And tell you what! I never tried any subdomain which redirect the mobile users and I’d surely give a try to it once.

    Thanks
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      WPtouch does a decent job, I agree. Because I’ve used it in the past. Bro, creating separate subdomain for mobile visitors is recommended only if you have huge mobile web traffic.

      Analyze your blog’s traffic using Google analytics. If you find that lots of visitors are using mobile devices, make a mobile subdomain.

      Ultimately, I recommend you to purchase a premium theme. This one time investment is worth the returns :)

      Arun

  11. December 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi,

    I also don’t like to read all post like aditya but i never hear before about these kind of mobile plugins. So i read this post not word to word bt few points i read carefully and i enjoyed it. Most of our generation using mobilephones to internet access and this post will help them in better surfing
    Anyway thanks for sharing the information
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

      Glad that it proved to be of help to you! Mobile plugins are good. But, in the long run, responsive themes are the best option :)

  12. December 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Hi Arun,

    Thanks very much for this detailed, information-packed post, which I will definitely share. I’m waiting for my theme (Flexsqueeze) to be updated, because the next update is supposed to be making it responsive to all mobile devices. I don’t really want to go messing it up with more plugins in the meantime, and that would have to be the option for me, because I’m not too hot on the technical side of things. I don’t want to change my theme, because I’m very comfortable with Flexsqueeze – so fingers crossed this next update does what they’re promising :)

    Thanks, Arun – an excellent share :)
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 25, 2013 at 12:37 am #

      Hi Sue,

      Nice to see you back on my blog! Thanks for those compliments :) They mean a lot to me!

      Mobile devices are set to rule the web world. And responsive themes are the best means of making a mobile friendly blog.

      I love your blog’s theme. It is obvious that they’ll soon roll out its responsive version.

      Again, thanks for sharing your views. And congratulations on your 100th blog post :) Keep writing :)

      Arun

  13. December 25, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    Hey Arun,

    I’m still not a big mobile user so until I started hearing more about how more people access our content through their mobile devices did I do something about it. Now this was probably a couple years ago now that I’ve been using the WPtouch Mobile Plugin on my own blog.

    I didn’t even have the capacity at that time to access my blog to see what it looked like but after several of my tech friends informed me of it’s importance is when I finally installed it and I haven’t looked back. I think the statistics now are almost half so if you don’t have something set up those people aren’t going to come back.

    Thanks for this information and Happy Holidays.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 25, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Hey Adrienne,

      Nice to see you here! Even I realized the ‘power’ of mobile web due to Google analytics. My old blog’s stats showed that almost 50% of the visitors visited my blog using mobile device! And I was gnoring their user experience all that while!

      Soon, I purchased a premium, responsive theme and solved that issue!

      Thanks Adrienne, for sharing your views! Have a Merry Christmas! Enjoy your holidays :)

      Arun

  14. December 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Impressive! just as expected…Thanks a lot Arun.
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  15. December 26, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Nice write Arun. For me, mobile responsive is important and easiest way could just be using a good theme. Using responsive theme can easily make your ‘work’ easier.

    That’s just me though.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      December 26, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

      Hi Reginald,

      Using a responsive theme is the best solution. Set it and forget about mobile optimization!

      Thanks for sharing your views!

      Arun

  16. December 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    really nice post, keep sharing

  17. January 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    I personally don’t prefer a Jetpack mobile theme as it looks very basic and drains my blog of its looks.

    Thanks for the other plugins :)
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  18. sehar
    February 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    nice post,,, t-mobile phones

    • Arun Kallarackal
      February 22, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Thanks Shehar, for taking time to leave your compliments!

  19. March 5, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Hi Arun,
    It has been so long since we talked. How are you bro?

    And as always, you’ve written a great post! I’m a kind of lazy guy who want things to be done easier.

    And coming to the post, mobile optimization should be done on every blog out there. Mobile optimization not only means to have a good responsive theme but also means to decrease loading time.

    Some months before I’ve visited my blog through my brother’s mobile phone with 2G data plan and I found my blog loads completely after 15 seconds :o

    And now I’ve changed my blog’s theme which is responsive and have a blazing fast speed (I believe so ;) )

    Thanks for the post mate!
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      March 5, 2014 at 11:42 am #

      Hi bro,

      How have you been? Yes, its been a while since we talked last. Actually, my new job kept me pretty busy. Could only get back to blogging and networking occasionally.

      Ya bro, mobile optimization is a crucial aspect. I too happened to see that about half of my visitors were using mobile web. And the blog was rendering badly on small screens. That’s when I started to concentrate more on mobile optimization.

      Arun

  20. March 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Nice article Arun , tweeted via @javamazon and Fb Like
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      March 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      Thanks bro :D

  21. March 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    A nice share Arun …

    It’s really very important these days to properly optimize our blogs for mobile viewing since majority of the users use smartphones for browsing
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  22. March 8, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    I must comment that this post is most useful to both newbies and professional bloggers. They can easily access mobile plugins that readily makes their blogs accessible on mobile devices.

    The tips are quite practical. Thanks for sharing this piece Arun! I left this comment in kingged.com where this post shared, bookmarked, and syndicated for Internet marketers.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

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    • Arun Kallarackal
      March 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

      Thanks for the good words man! Yeah, mobile web is the future! Cater the new audience or be prepared to lose traffic!

  23. March 12, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    Hiii Bro,

    At first thanks a lot for sharing this valuable tips and tricks with us.

    I saw that almost professional bloggers care about these things very much one is Blog must be Mobile Friendly and Blog theme must be responsive because they know that in these days huge % of people love to browse websites via smartphones, while maximum newbies don’t care about these things which is a not good for them.

    you said right that – Ignoring the aspect of mobile optimization is the reason of not growing website effectively. WPtouch and JetPack plugins are really great and rest are new for me but i am going to check out soon.

    Thanks Arun for sharing this informative post with us. I found this useful post on kingged.com and became attracted to read full post. I loved it :)

    • Arun Kallarackal
      March 13, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      Hey Amit,

      Glad that this post could be of help to you. It is good to know that you saw some new info being shared here :)

      You said it right, the pros are caring ones and make blogs mobile friendly. Many newbies are yet to learn the concept of mobile optimization and its importance.

      Do try out the new plugins you came across and let me know how they have been doing for you :)

      Arun

  24. March 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi Arun,
    I think you brought up a good point in this post. Whether we want to or not, we need to think about our website being mobile friendly.

    There was a post the other day on getting a free theme. I had commented that one of the best things I did when I started out was to invest in a premium theme.

    I didn’t know a lot about blogging at the time, but after reading many posts . . . and I do mean many . . . I kept seeing similar lists of what a premium theme could do.

    One of the things that popped out was the issue of mobile friendly.

    I think this is a great post because so many people won’t write about this. I, for one wouldn’t be able to write about this because I went a premium theme from Genesis and haven’t looked back. I am happy I went with a premium theme, but there are others who just don’t want to at the beginning and you have given them some choices. Good for you.

    Hey, you did a section to a subdomain. Hmmm. I am going to have to read more from you. It will be for a discussion for another day. I tried the subdomain thing once upon a time to do something with a CDN . . . which messed up my site. So, someday I need to get a better understanding of that.

    Good post Arun.

    Barb
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      March 16, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      Hey Barb,

      Premium theme is the easiest way to get the task done :)

      And about the sub domain thing, you must be really careful while treading there. Go for it if you got very high mobile web traffic.

  25. March 19, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    Hello Arun, You are right mobile is the way of the future, just look around and you will see someone searching on their phone. LOL

    I had no idea I should have a plug-in on my blog for this. You have made it very clear that we do indeed. I am not comfortable adding all these plug-ins, I guess I am wondering how many is to many?
    Well I am going to go back and read this again and then get to work. Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))

    P.S. I left this comment in kingged.com where I found your blog
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    • Arun Kallarackal
      March 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

      Hi Chery,

      Yes, mobile web is the future. If you are not interested in trying out plugins, why not buy a responsive theme? It’ll take care of this whole mobile optimization aspect :)

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