Mobile is big. Really big. And getting bigger every day.
According to this article, mobile traffic accounted for 13% of total web traffic in the 4th quarter of 2011. That is up from 6% just one year before. It’s completely possible that mobile traffic could actually overtake traffic from standard computers within the next couple years.
In light of this incredible growth, it’s very important for retailers and bloggers to make their content mobile friendly. I have an iPhone, and nothing will make me leave your site faster than when I’m met with really tiny fonts and lots of pinching and zooming.
But if you’re using WordPress, you don’t have to be a web development guru to make a mobile site. Whether you know it or not you’re actually just a couple clicks away!
Here’s a quick preview of what one of my posts looks like once it is “mobilized” :
So, let’s get into how it’s done.
Install the Plugin
I use a plugin called WPTouch (affiliate link). WPTouch is free to use at the base level, and will automatically switch your blog to a mobile version when viewed from a mobile device. I’m sure there are other good options out there, but I’ve found this and love it, so I didn’t see the need to look any further.
To install WPTouch, simply go to the Plugins section of your WordPress admin panel (assuming you’re self-hosted) and choose “Add New.” Then search for WPTouch and install.
In your search results, click “Install Now” next to the WPTouch plugin:
Once installed, you will need to click the “Activate” link on the next page or in your Plugins page if you want to come back to it later.
Here are some screenshots of how the site looks on the mobile version.
On the home page, it puts links to all your articles with little red numbers which reflect the number of comments that you’ve received on a post:
I use the Livefyre commenting system, and it comes through cleanly with all the information that you would like it to:
From the home screen, you can preview an article by touching the down arrow:
A reader can disable the mobile version from the bottom of a page, if they prefer the full version:
You still have all the social sharing options on the bottom of each post:
The arrow at the top of the page expands to give you all your typical site navigational tools:
I’ve been nothing short of thrilled with the way that WPTouch has worked for me. It has a paid version with even more features, but everything that you see here is included in the free version.
I hope this works out for you!
Having problems? Any features that I missed? Let’s talk in the comments: