It always seems like Google is making up new rules, but it’s not Google. It’s the end user that is making up the rules. In fact, in this article, around August of 2016, a user data survey said that just in the US alone, mobile phone users were spending an average about 87 hours a month on their phone, surfing the Internet. That’s just in the US.
That means, as a website owner, you have to think about your mobile users, and even tablet users, aside from your desktop users. You need a mobile-friendly site. Mobile-first indexing started being done by Google, by the end of 2016, meaning that you got ranking benefits for having a mobile-ready theme.
Google isn’t doing this to be a meanie. They want to be able to help you become more conscious about your website visitors, and be able to give them an easy, secure, and accessible website in any device width. It’s all part of Google’s Quality Guidelines.
So, for the WordPress user who doesn’t have a mobile-ready site, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to re-build your whole site. There are plugins like WPTouch Mobile plugin that can give you a simple mobile version of your website, for free. There are a lot more plugins than WPTouch, but honestly, most bloggers reading this site, are usually frugal or new bloggers with low-to-no budget.
For the new and basic WordPress user, with a low budget, choosing a responsive theme, works well. Many of the themes at WordPress.org are responsive and free, including Twenty Seventeen.
The benefit of the plugin, is that you can either provide a quick and easy mobile-ready theme for your visitors, but the downside is that it may bog down the site. The same can be said of some responsive themes, as some themes don’t get rid of areas, but rather, move them to other places. For example, some themes will take a 2 column layout, where the content is positioned on the left-side, and the sidebar is on the right, and as the device’s browser is smaller, the sidebar is shoved under the theme. In some ways, this is not good. However, I did my homework at least, and found that the plugin Widget Options allows you to hide certain plugins in mobile browsers. Phew! Pretty cool, right? (P.S. – If you’re using Widget Logic, you can replace it with this.)
So, really, I may be asking in the title of this post if your website has gone mobile-friendly yet, but I really am getting to those who are making excuse. You have none. Go and get mobile-friendly!
Amar kumar says
Now-a-days, No business can afford to ignore the fact that more than a billion people primarily access the Web from mobile devices.
WPTouch Mobile plugin is absolutely effective when it comes to competibility to mobile version of your website and most important is that it comes in free. Eventually, thanks for exploring these beneficial services regarding this subject.
With best wishes,
David Vu says
These are my 3 steps to make my website mobile friendly:
– Create a Mobile Version of Your Current Site. The quickest way to make your site mobile-friendly is to create a mobile version of your desktop site using a conversion platform like bMobilized or Duda Mobile. …
– Use Mobile Plugins on Popular CMS Platforms. …
– Use a Mobile-first Responsive Design.
Anyway, you can choose an mobile friendly theme then do nothing to get a mobile friendly website. What do you think? 😀
Mahesh Dabade says
I myself prefer to search information on the Internet using a smartphone. Instead of surfing the Internet on a desktop, I can use smartphone anytime, anywhere. Nowadays, more and more people prefer using the internet on phone. So considering above reasons, I like your views on making a website responsive. The website pages should be mobile friendly.
Nancy Verdi says
After the successful growth of this trend, many businesses and corporations is getting more clicks and traffic through mobile version then desktop.
Lucian Hodoboc says
I agree with what you mentioned in your article. Having a mobile-optimized website is a must because the internet is browsed mostly on mobile devices nowadays. In fact, I’m surprised that only Google is taking this aspect into consideration, and other search engines (such as Bing and Yandex) aren’t keeping up with the times.
Rajat Sharma says
I think time is changed now. Now, people uses mobile phone for surfing the web instead of desktop and its good in my experiences, surfing the web in mobile is more comfortable then surfing in computer. that’s why in this mobiles friendly world it’s necessary that our site will be mobile friendly. Hence i am glad that bolndish provided a post for making mobile-friendly sites in easier way. keep up the good one
Thanks to author
Hardik Porwal says
It is correct that having a mobile friendly website is important with the rise in mobile web users. A mobile responsive website also increases the SEO of the website.
The plugins discussed above indeed makes it easy to make your website mobile friendly.
Apart from this, there are other tools as well that can make your website generate more leads being on top of its competitors making it rich in SEO.
Shahidul Islam Chowdhury says
It’s true, now a day maximum peoples open there site on smart phone and it is necessary that a website should be mobile friendly. Nice article, you suggesting to the developer use plagin. Really I enjoy to read your article, people should follow the instruction.
Grateful to you
Md Alfaaz says
Wow! Great post.
Now it has become very important To have mobile friendly site to increase ranking in Google. The plugins which you have shared are awesome. Thank you.
James Hathaway says
Even from personal observation, one would see that if don’t have a mobile friendly site, you are risking your traffic and ranking……. You are completely correct on these facts besides it’s not everyone that has time to be carrying a Desktop/PC about….. It’s inevitable that people patronise the mobile version more….
Gopala Krishna Vanthala says
We get more traffic from mobile only and we have to use mobile friendly themes for fast page loading
Rick Martin says
Creative Post. Thanks for sharing.
Siti Rahmawati says
Hi NILE FLORES,
When I was a tutor in college, I would always tell students to simply “say what you mean and mean what you say.” That’s my motto when blogging as well.
I got more traffic from mobile only
Thanks for sharing!
Sudhir Gaonkar says
Nice blog post about having mobile friendly website because now a days mobile device are being used a lot and its necessary to target these type of users. very nice blog post
suhail malik says
wow its really helpful and can any one suggest me a wp theem for my wordpress i am using trendytravel but this is not mobile friendly thanks
Ashish Mondal says
Thanks for the informative articles.
Now a day websites need to be mobile friendly. this step is essential for optimization and for good user experience too. people need to understand about this, you have shared the related and useful blog.