Few days back, Google confirmed that it will now rank mobile friendly websites better in search results on mobile devices. If your website is not mobile friendly, you will surely lose your traffic. Check your Google analytics account and try to find how many visitors visit your website from mobile devices. For me, it is more than 50%. So if my website is not mobile friendly, I will lose much traffic. At QuickWebResources, I use responsive theme which is mobile friendly. And I always try to improve the mobile users’ user experience to make it better on mobile devices. In this post, I will explain how to check if your website is mobile friendly. Then I will explain how to make your WordPress blog mobile friendly to improve the traffic.
How to check if your WordPress blog is mobile friendly?
Visit this link and enter the URL of your website. It will let you know if your website is mobile-friendly or not
If it says that your website is mobile-friendly, it does not mean that you should now relax. You should now focus on other factors mentioned in the post. But first we will discuss how to make your website mobile friendly.
Making WordPress Blog Mobile friendly
This is the most important step you need to follow. There are mainly two ways to make a WordPress website mobile friendly. One is to use responsive theme and other is to use plugins to serve a mobile website to mobile users.
1. Use responsive Theme
This is the best way to make your WordPress blog mobile-friendly. There are thousands of free and paid themes are available which are pixel perfect responsive. You can use those themes to make your blog mobile friendly. If you are thinking to buy a paid theme, I recommend to check the best premium WordPress themes clubs. You will get the best theme as per your requirements. If you need free theme, you can visit WordPress.org themes marketplace. I also posted best collections of themes many times in past. If you want to use WordPress theme Framework, I recommend using Genesis Framework.
If you are already using the responsive theme, check it on various mobile devices. Sometimes custom edit in theme breaks the responsiveness of the theme. So, be sure that it is responsive and works perfect on all screen size. If you find any problem, customize the CSS media queries. If you are a developer, you can easily do this. If you are not sure how to do this, you must hire a good web developer for this. You can contact me for customizing your theme and make it mobile-friendly.
2. WordPress Plugins to Optimize WordPress on mobile devices
If you do not want to change the current theme and you do not want to spent money on making it responsive, you can go with the second option. You can use WordPlugin to optimize your WordPress blog on mobile devices. There are various plugins available for this. I posted the best 5 WordPress plugins to optimize blog on mobile devices. You can use any of these plugins. These plugins serve a different theme to mobile users. And this different theme offers better user experience on mobile devices.
Improve PageSpeed Score
Once you are sure that the layout of your WordPress blog is mobile-friendly, you should focus on pagespeed. Use this link to check the pagespeed score of your blog. Try to have 85+ score on both mobile and desktop. This pagespeed test will also show recommendations which will help you in improving pagespeed score.
Improve Loading time of the blog
We already know the importance of website speed in google search. So, this factor should also be considered. You must try to optimize your WordPress blog to load faster. You can read this complete guide to speedup WordPress blog. This guide will help you in improving the load time of your website and hence improving your search engine visibility.
There are few important things which you need to consider improving the mobile optimization of your blog and improving traffic from mobile devices. If you are a blogger, let me know what do you do to make your blog mobile-friendly.