Yesterday we looked at how to test your website on mobile devices.  If you discovered that your site looks small or just doesn’t display properly, you’ll need to create a mobile ready version. Today, we’ll look at how to make your WordPress website mobile ready using plugins.


Mobile template plugins


By adding a WordPress mobile template as a plugin to your site, you’ll be able to quickly and easily have a version of your site that displays well on multiple mobile devices.  There are a number of free and paid templates available for your site.

Often mobile template plugins will override your normal template when displayed on a mobile device.  They can be customized to match the branding of your site to some extent, and allow you to select features such as which page mobile visitors land on first.  For a complete roundup, see 22 High Quality Mobile Friendly WordPress Themes.

I am using the free version of WP-Touch on my site, but may upgrade soon the Pro version to modify the template to match my branding.

You can see in the photo, my blog posts display at a size that can be viewed on the device.

It is important to use a mobile template plugin of some variety as visitors may reach your site via mobile devices.  If they subscribe to your site via email and discover a post from their email on a mobile device, click a link from Facebook or Twitter on their phones, or just type in the address while on the go, they may land on any part of your site.

 


Mobile Landing Pages


Creating a specific page that you want visitors to land on via a mobile device is also important.  Let’s say you want to use a QR Code on your business card, print materials, or a giant Powerpoint presentation to take visitors to a specific page.  If they aren’t sitting in front of a computer, it could be complicated for them to reach a specific page within your site.  By giving them a QR Code to scan that opens the specific page you want, you’ve made it easier for them to take action.

There are several ways to make a mobile landing page.  Ideally, you’ll want to use a plugin to accomplish this.

Do I need both a mobile template and a mobile landing page?  YES!

Yes, you will need both options most likely.  Let’s say you publish your blog posts to Twitter or Facebook.  Visitors can and will still discover your website from mobile devices, even if they aren’t going to the specific landing page you made for them.  You can still optimize a mobile landing page for them that you share specifically.

 


If you need help making your website viewable from mobile devices, please contact me through GFYD Member. We’ll be happy to help.

 

 

 

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Starting your own website using WordPress involves 8 steps.

Steps to install WordPress (if using Hostgator)

  1. Login, browse to Fantastico
  2. Click WordPress
  3. New Installation
  4. Browse to domain (usually keep the directory blank), use a different name than “admin”
  5. Finish installation
  6. Open dashboard
  7. Login
  8. View finished site

WordPress vs. Drupal vs. Joomla

WordPress

Drupal

Joomla

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Great for blogging
  • Many developers and skilled service providers
  • Routine updates
  • Many existing themes (designs)
  • Many free custom plugins (features)
  • Developer friendly
  • Fair amount of plugins (features)
  • Highly customizable options
  • Strong community support
  • Well-established community of developers and users
  • Highly customizable architecture

Cons

  • Still requires some minor programming knowledge to customize
  • Best templates are built off “framework templates” and require design knowledge
  • Plugins can conflict with updates to platform
  • Plugin developers may abandon their free tools
  • Not designer friendly
  • Requires programming knowledge
  • More clicks or steps to publish updates
  • Not as user-friendly for updates
  • Less free themes or plugins

Tips:

  • Get a webhost that is Linux/Apache hosting with PHP5. These platforms run best on Linux/Apache, not Windows.
  • Many hosts, such as Hostgator, offer cPanel with Fantastico.  This makes installing these platforms much easier.
  • Do not use WordPress.com.  Put your own site, even if WordPress operated, on your own servers.  This helps drive traffic at your own domain name, and is much more customizable.  Your options on WordPress.com are limited, and they can remove content based upon their Terms of Service.

Possible Alternative:

While not personally a huge fan of Squarespace, it does have a growing community of users.  The main benefit offered is that Squarespace hosts your site, maintains updates, and allows site owners to easily customize the look of your own site.  The downside is still less plugin (features) support without knowing programming knowledge.  Again, as they maintain the content, please review their Terms of Service.