Today, mobile devices are used more and more often in internet browsing. The question, then, is how to respond to such a trend, and what can be done to give your readers the best possible reading experience even on their phones or tablets.
One response to this proliferation of mobile and tablet devices is responsive web design. What responsive web design basically does is that it optimizes your website’s theme and appearance to be able to adjust to the different screen sizes and resolutions.
For bloggers who already have a working site and audience, however, changing the way their website looks to accommodate the changing technology requires additional effort and resources.
For bloggers and businesses that prefer to keep their current websites as they are, creating a site that’s visually appealing to mobile users proves a difficult challenge.
Thankfully, there are a number of WordPress plugins available that can take your site and then convert it into an app-style interface for mobile users. At first, this feat might have seemed impossible, as each WordPress theme or design has a different set of variables and codes that it seems unlikely that a single plugin can perform the same function for any WordPress site.
WPtouch is a mobile plugin available for WordPress users to take their websites and easily create simple and elegant mobile themes for mobile visitors. The great thing about this plugin is that you get to keep the design of your website while at the same time provide a means for your readers to be able to enjoy your site’s content in a more efficient and manageable manner.
Some Features of WPtouch
1. Easily Integrate Desktop Theme Colors
Like magic, WPtouch is able to take the basic look and appearance of your desktop theme and then use them in the creation of a mobile theme.
2. Painless Theme Switching
If your visitors or readers choose to stick to the desktop theme of your website, they are free to do so. All it takes is the click of a button.
3. Theme Preview Mode
Preview the mobile theme before having it go live. That way you can configure it to your liking without having to log onto your mobile device.
4. Fast and Efficient Loading
The problem mobile users often encounter is that websites take longer to load on their devices. This could be due to a number of different factors. WPtouch, however, makes loading your site’s mobile theme fast and responsive. In fact, where Responsive Websites take an average of about 6-10 seconds to load, WPtouch Pro does the trick of loading your site for mobile users in 2-3 seconds.
5. Add Logos and Social Network Links Effortlessly
Being that social media is perhaps one activity that mobile users spend most of their time on, it’s only logical to be able to have your mobile theme be able to incorporate social network links into its code and appearance.
Creating a brand new theme for you already existing website requires a lot of time, planning, and effort. If you’re website already works the way you want it to, then why bother changing it? However, if you want to be able to give your mobile user readers a pleasing experience, then, perhaps WPtouch is the best alternative for you.