How to Make a WordPress Blog Accessible on a Cell Phone

2 July 2013

 

Brisbane: You want everyone in the world to be able to read your blog from anywhere in the world. WordPress blogs are by now pretty portable: anyone with an Internet-ready cell phone can access your blog by entering its address into their portable browser, but that might not be sufficient. Styling a WordPress blog to be readable and to exhibit properly can help you grow your mobile readership.

Check Compatibility

You don’t need to have any special type of cell phone to be able to tell how your blog displays on cell phones. Various websites exist to deliver previews for your site on popular browsers on major cell phone manufacturers. Mobile Phone Emulator, for instance, gives you a drop-down list of a few cell phones and produces a preview of how your blog will look. Mobile Moxie works on the same way, but with images representing all kind of phones you can test on. With coincidence, your default WordPress theme will deliver well on cell screens and you won’t require doing any tweaking.

Use Jetpack

WordPress blogs come with a incorporated booster shot of applications called JetPack, which takes in 20 free WordPress add-ons developed in partnership with WordPress. These include, among other things, stat-reporting apps and social media plugins, but JetPack has one cell phone-readying add-on that aids make your site common. Activate “Mobile Theme” from the JetPack dashboard in WordPress to optimize your site for viewing on mobile devices.

Get Responsive

You don’t need to employ JetPack to create a cell-browsable WordPress blog. JetPack is not compatible with every WordPress theme, but certain themes are “responsive”, meaning they contract or expand to the size of the screen that is displaying them. Employing a responsive theme makes sure that your blog displays correctly on all screen sizes, including cell phone screens.

Keep Files Small

Your theme and add-ons to your blog are not going to ensure a smooth browsing experience from a cell phone. A cell phone browser loads videos and images like any other Web-ready device, though this is not free for all cell users. Having large images and big videos won’t fascinate you to readers who access your blog while using a 3G or 4G network. When saving photos for the Web, try to keep photos as small as possible to improve load time on cell phones. Think about avoiding videos all in all in case you want mainly mobile readership.

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