Over the last few years, it has become essential to create a mobile responsive site. More and more users are using mobile devices to meet their content needs, so if your site isn’t mobile friendly, then you are missing a huge opportunity to generate new leads.
We have already published a guide on Responsive Web Design for WordPress Explained, so if you want to know more about what exactly responsive design is, check out that post.
Now there are two ways to get a responsive design. 1. Hire someone to convert your existing site into responsive theme, which will cost you $1000 give or take. or 2. Use a free mobile responsive plugin. If I were you, I would choose the latter one, as it will save me a ton of money and will probably take less then 10 minutes.
Below I have listed 7 mobile responsive plugins for WordPress that can be used to make your site mobile friendly.
WPTouch is one of the most popular mobile WordPress plugins available for WordPress.
WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically enables a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors of your WordPress website. The mobile WordPress theme is complete with AJAX loading articles and smooth effects when viewed from popular touch mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile phones, BlackBerry OS6+ mobile devices, and more.
JetPack is the most simplest and effective way to make your site mobile responsive. This plugin is packed with a number of great features (24 modules to be precise), and not all of them are useful. But still there are some great features, that makes it a nice addition to a WordPress site.
One such feature is “Responsive Design”, which automatically streamlines your site for visitors on mobile devices. If you have JetPack plugin installed on your site, then with a click of button you can implement the mobile friendly theme.
MobilePress is a simple plugin that renders a mobile friendly version of your website. The plugin doesn’t have as much features as other plugins listed here, but it comes with two themes and help is provided for developers who want to create their own mobile themes.
This plugin is very easy to use, since you can easily test the site by forcing into mobile view rather then using a real mobile device.
Wapple Architect plugin allows you to mobilize your blog in minutes. The plugin targets every single mobile device and all aspects of your blog are tailored to the visiting handset.
The plugin comes with a ton of features and functionality to improve the user experience for mobile devices. The Wapple plugin is quite different, as it doesn’t uses mobile theme, and retains the styling of your site from web to mobile.
Some of the features are: Mobile Advertising Integration, stats, mobile friendly navigation, custom header, advanced pagination, dynamic resizing of images, and much more.
WP Mobile Detector
WP Mobile Detector provides a simple solution to adapt your site for mobile with just a few clicks. Most of the mobile plugins aims at providing support for couple of gadgets i.e Android, iPhone, Blackberry, etc. But WP Mobile Detector supports more than 5,000 web-enabled phones, tablets, and small-screen devices. This plugin has some impressive features such as -
- 7 pre-installed mobile themes.
- Automatically formats content and resize images for particular / target device.
- Provides advanced mobile statistics to help you increase conversion rate.
Obox Mobile is a WordPress plugin from Obox Design, which will convert your site to a striking layout fully compatible with all modern mobile devices (i.e. Windows, Android, and iOS devices). The plugin is easy to setup and doesn’t require any configuration – just plug and play. It also comes with an visual customizer, which allows you to choose from five striking pre-set color schemes.
Other then that it has some impressive features – Feature post slider, adverts, social media buttons, translation ready, and more.
Mobile by iThemes
iThemes needs no instruction, they have made some of the best products available today in the WordPress market. The company has been mostly known for its Theme Builder, Backup Buddy plugin, and most recently Exchange eCommerce solution.
This mobile plugin allows you to create mobile themes in a couple of clicks and is packed with some great features such as:
- Style Manager to customize basic styles.
- Built-in custom header uploader.
- Easily assign separate theme to specific platform (i.e. Android, iOS, Windows, etc.) to customize the user experience.
- Separate Mobile specific navigation menu.
What do you think about these plugins? What are your thoughts about responsive site? Please share your insights in the comments below.