Are WordPress Mobile Site Templates Necessary?

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While i’m still searching through countless wordpress website templates to use for this site, i realized that not only do I need new WP themes for my main websites, but i also need to consider wordpress mobile themes for a mobile site. Or a template that can handle both (test drive a live preview of Elogix theme, its mobile ready).

I found some cool solutions to transform a site to be mobile friendly pretty easily for sites using wordpress, there is a nice wordpress mobile plugin that has many great features or you can browse a vast selection of mobile wordpress web templates here.

If you’re wondering if you should bother fiddling with wordpress mobile plugins or mobile site templates, consider how fast the mobile web is growing.

The following video presents key findings from “The Mobile Movement: Understanding smartphone Consumers” a study from Google and conducted by Ipsos OTX, an independent market research firm.

Google’s helping people go mobile with GOMO Google initiative (go mobile- mobilize your site now) and they report that:

“Mobile searches have grown 400% since 2010 and by 2013, more people will use mobile phones than PCs to get online.”

Read more stats and mobile site best practices at google initiative howtogomo.

That’s a lot of people, and if they can’t easily view your site on a handheld, they may miss out on your content which means you may be missing out as well.

In 2011 Google made some predictions on the official google blog about where mobile’s headed:

“By the end of 2011, an estimated one billion people around the world will be connected to the mobile web and 50% of all Americans will own a smartphone. Because of the explosion of web-enabled mobile devices mobile usage is now on a hockey-stick trajectory: searches on smartphones and tablets have increased by 4x in the last year…”

read more about mobile on the official google blog.

When i first started using my Android to browse the web I was amazed I could check out every website available. I didn’t mind the fact I had to zoom in to read the articles or to see any of the images. It was actually fun.

But after a while of using my handheld to view websites that werent optimized for mobile, i was getting tired of hitting the wrong tiny buttons and scrolling left and right while having to zoom in and out got old.

WordPress Mobile Site Templates are essential if you have a WP web-site

Unless a website is optimized for mobile, now i just tap the back button and try a different website.

The truth is, alot of the websites out there are practically un-viewable on a handheld. They appear broken and hard to browse.

Have you tried to view your own wordpress web-site using a phone? Have you truly tried to navigate the website? At first glance it may appear fine, but actually using it may be another story.

The last time i heard, iphone users don’t even have the ability to view flash on websites. And there are quite a few sites using flash these days. Some are built entirely with flash and some premium wordpress website templates use flash in the headers.

If your site uses flash, thats alot of visitors that will just see a blank spot where the flash should be.

With a lot more users making use of mobile phones to view the internet, owning a web page that is designed for handhelds is absolutely essential. You should probably consider browsing some mobile site templates.

Google could even start penalizing web pages which are not designed for smartphones inside of their search engine results, if they haven’t already.

Even in the event your site is ranked # 1 on google for a selected search phrase, and a smart phone visitor finds it difficult to simply navigate your site, they will likely tap the back button and navigate to the next readily available web site.

I do this all the time, how about you?

There are many professional mobile wordpress web templates available to browse through. They even have live previews so you can test drive and navigate before you implement them on your site.

Click here to check out some live demos of WordPress mobile themes. Mobile site templates can be viewed on a desktop although you may want to re-size your browser to emulate the size of a mobile device (or else it will just look funny).

Another option is to use a a plugin for mobile version websites. I came across a cool plugin to use to optimize a website to be mobile friendly with just a few clicks, it’s called wpmob. Click here to check that out.

The wpmob plugin seems to do just about everything.

The plugin allows you to:

  • Set up themes for Android, iPhone, Palm, blackberry, etc.
  • Modify themes
  • Create new themes
  • Add adsense, admob ads and custom ads if you want to monetize your site
  • enable or disable things like names, author, tags, categories and many more. You just decide what should be shown and what should not.
  • Has a web-app mode which delivers a local application like on IOS devices. It presents a stand alone mode without Safari wrapped around it.

And a lot more.

So while your current website shows up on a mobile device, it may not be easy to browse as is, you may need a mobile WordPress website template or a WordPress mobile plugin.

Click here to check out WP mobile plugin WPMOB or browse some wordpress mobile themes here.

For more mobile stats, visit mobithinking

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