Tuesday, 14 June 2016

How to develop a Responsive WordPress site

Imagine you're searching for some important blog on your smartphone. You tap it to open and wait for its long loading time. But unfortunately, you encounter with a poorly rendered website! How will you feel? This is often a story when blogs are poorly optimized for mobile devices. We often ignore the aspects of mobile optimization, which ultimately result in cursing your blog.

So make sure to design a responsive blog for your visitors which will never turn them off and switch the blog to the competitors website.

As everyone is well aware of the fact that WordPress is an awesome content management system for websites for all shapes and sizes. It is considered the best platform for your business. 50-60% of the WordPress share the global CMS market makes it popular CMS amongst all. According to some researchers, it has been found that in every 6 seconds new posts are published on WordPress.com blogs which mean 342 posts in every minute. 20,000 posts per day!

One of the biggest advantages of using WordPress is that it is a responsive platform. So if you're running blog on WordPress platform, your website can easily fit any device irrespective of its size. It is also easy to turn your existing WordPress theme into a responsive WordPress theme. Many WordPress plugins can convert your existing website, just as easy to switch a button.

So before you hire a professional WordPress developer and switch your website to WordPress, here are some suggestions to make your WordPress blog more responsive.

1. Use a Responsive Theme

To make your WordPress more responsive purchase a responsive theme, install and set it. You will not require any hardcore manual settings. The theme will automatically take care of all the optimization aspects.

2. Make use of WordPress free mobile plugins

If you don't have the budget to purchase a responsive theme for your WordPress, you can alternatively purchase few free mobile plugins which can help you. They’ll ensure that your blog is decently optimized for mobile devices.

Here is a list of few plugins which you can consider using.

-  WPTouch
: Million of users are already using this plugin. This plugin features WPTouch themes than your average responsive WordPress website. The free version is available in the WordPress Plugins repository. If you're ready to pay for few extra features and functions, then you may purchase its premium version for $59 per year.

- WP Mobile Detector:
It is a plugin for those users who do not use smartphones. It determines whether the user is using your WordPress blog on its smartphone or standard mobile phone. It already has seven pre-installed themes, great analytics and has more than 5,000 smartphones.

- WordPress Mobile Pack 2.0: This is an excellent plugin and offers a different feeling to its users. It publishes your existing content on various devices, operating system, and platforms. It is a readymade them with six abstract covers and a responsive interface.

3. Navigation is Key

You may consider navigation in your designing. The navigation is important to the look and feels of your site. It is especially worth considering with mobile, because of the size and making it easy to select items with your fingertip. Too large and the design will seem clunky; too small and it will be difficult to make selections.

Converting your WordPress website into responsive is not a big deal. All one requires to create a responsive WordPress website is to make proper planning, selection of responsive theme and plugin for the website.