This is a "Quick Tips" post.
WordPress Mobile Responsive Plugins & Solutions
Ok, yea, it is nice if you already have a native WordPress mobile responsive theme built-in stock (similar this or tons of others out there). Sure. However, some folks do not have a native mobile responsive theme and only have a standard theme. They may not be able or willing to go to a fully mobile responsive theme for a variety of valid reasons. So, here are some solutions to checkout if you find yourself in that category (i.e. you have a standard WordPress theme) and would like to look into some WordPress mobile responsive plugins & solutions. These solutions will allow your site to be reasonably mobile friendly in somewhat quick time without too much hassle.
I have broken them down in 3 sections.
- WordPress Mobile Responsive Theme Switcher Plugins (2)
- WordPress Mobile Responsive Traditional Plugins (3)
- WordPress Mobile Misc. (1)
WordPress Mobile Responsive Theme Switcher Plugins (2)
This is a nice looking plugin that will get you up and going with results it produces inside of 30 minutes for a normal WordPress user. This Plugin detects mobile browser and display the theme as the setting done from admin. It is useful for switching your content to a natively mobile theme depending on if the visitor is on a mobile device AND what type of device too. Can you say cool beans?
This is similar to Any Mobile Theme Switcher. You can compare the two very quickly to see which you like. It has a similar rating although this one has about half the active installs and a bit lower rating but still very acceptable. Mobile Smart allow you to switch your theme based on the user's mobile device.
WordPress Mobile Responsive Traditional Plugins (3)
It has lots of active installs which is nice to see. The rating is still fine but trending lower than I would like to see (you have to account for the number of sheer active installs as well). It seems to be updated a lot and often. The setup is fast but not as fast as them switcher plugins. Figure 2-3 hours to configure for the normal user to see if you like the results. WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically adds modern theme pages for your mobile visitors.
Jetpack Mobile Theme
1,000,000 Active Installs to date
4 out of 5 stars on WordPress here to date
*Note: The rating is on the entire plugin not only the Mobile Theme module. Jetpack has tons of features. If you want to use the Mobile Theme, you must install Jetpack (entire thing) but you can enable only the modules you want (like the Mobile Theme module for example).
There is not a lot of control or bells and whistles, but this thing just works pretty well. It is made Automattic (the makers of WordPress itself). The Jetpack Mobile Theme displays your site in a uncluttered, clean, and simple way. It is suppose to be lightweight on your system. This can be tested and reviewed on your own site in less than 1 hour typically.
HandHeld Mobile Plugin
Unknown Active Installs to date (as it is a Premium theme not in the WordPress repository)
Unknown stars on WordPress to date (ditto above)
*Note: However, Elegant Themes is one of the top theme and plugin developers for WordPress sites.
As a client of ours, we can install this for you.
HandHeld is a plugin for WordPress that runs with whatever theme you have now. It serves an alternative design/layout to your mobile visitors. It is HTML5 coded.
WordPress Mobile Misc. (1)
This is a interesting utility plugin that you may find usefult which relates to mobile device visitors. It redirects mobile traffic to alternate domains/pages (the user may switch back and forth as well). Also, it prevents redirection of WordPress parts (like home, tags, post etc). It does other stuff too so check it out if you are remotely interested.
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