These days having a mobile responsive site is an absolute must. SEO will be negatively affected if your site isn’t responsive and there are more users than ever using a mobile device as their main way to access the internet. Making your WordPress site mobile responsive doesn’t have to be a nightmare, there are plenty of great WordPress mobile plugins which can create mobile responsiveness in moments! Here’s a list from us at WP Carers of the 7 Best WordPress Mobile Plugins for a Responsive Site.
1. Jetpack – WordPress Mobile Plugins
Jetpack is not just a plugin for mobile responsiveness, it has over 30 specific features to make your WordPress site perform better. The plugin allows you to use mobile-friendly themes, then alter them to perfectly fit your site using PHP and CSS. This plugin also speeds up loading times which helps all users but especially those on mobile devices, which can be slow when surfing the net.
2. WP Mobile Edition – WordPress Plugin to Make Site Responsive
This plugin turns your WordPress site into a mobile-only website. Your site will still be able to be accessed from desktop, but it will appear as a mobile site. This type of plugin works really well if your website doesn’t require many functionalities. WP Mobile Edition allows you to easily make changes to your site, have the same theme work for mobile and desktop and allows you switch back and forth between themes. Additional features include 8 colour schemes, smart formatting, lightweight, full comments system and automatic image rescaling.
Handheld Mobile Pack by Elegant Themes is idea if your desktop site is up and running but now you need a mobile responsive theme. The plugin lets you pick a mobile theme, tweak it, then go from there! This plugin automatically applies content changes to your mobile site when you make them to your website, without disturbing the mobile theme. There are 87 mobile themes to choose from and the plugin can automatically detect which theme to apply for each device.
This plugin claims to “appify your blog” and the extent to which it makes sites mobile responsive is certainly comparable to an app. WordPress Mobile Pack is supported by all major browsers and provides 6 themes which can be easily altered. Additional features include Google Analytics integration, comments sync, social features, 1 year of professional support and monetisation options. If all of this is not enough, there’s also a Pro version of the plugin available.
Any Mobile Theme Switcher is for use after you have loaded your mobile themes. This plugin will detect the browser used by each user and send the right theme to accommodate it. It allows different homepages for different mobile devices so you can cater to Apple and Android users. Additional features include W3 Total Cache integration, a QR code for mobile bookmarking and a support forum for any issues. There is also a Pro version of this plugin available.
This is another mobile-only WordPress plugin, which makes updating your site easier if you have a relatively simple site with not much functionality. However, WPtouch still allows your visitors to switch between the desktop and mobile versions of your website. The plugin is fast, user-friendly and stylist, with great SEO. There is a pro version of this plugin available with web font controls and advertising options.
7. iThemes Mobile – WordPress Mobile Plugins
iThemes Mobile is a unique plugin that lets you build your own theme within a mobile-friendly template so that your site is exactly how you want it. The plugin supports a wide array of browsers and allows you take control over the menus and navigation of your mobile site. Additional features include custom header uploader, mobile theme style manager, premium support and product updates.