Early in 2014, reports showed that mobile devices made up over 55 percent of total web usage in the US. That makes mobile devices a more popular means of accessing the Internet than PCs. That percentage is only growing, and website owners are having to make tweaks to their web design so their sites are easily accessible and useful to mobile users.
But creating a mobile responsive web design doesn’t mean an entire web revamp. If you’re using WordPress on your site, check out these plugins that can help make your site mobile responsive with little work on your part.
1. WP Touch
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As one of the most popular mobile response plugins on the market, WP Touch has over 5 million downloads. With it you can fully customize your mobile site without affecting a thing on your desktop version.
It includes responsive image capabilities so that images resize appropriate for each screen size. Plus, themes load five times faster than most. Along with a mobile-specific theme, you can show different content to mobile users than to desktop users, giving you the tools to deliver the ultimate mobile experience to your customers. Prices start at $49.
2. Mobile Press
If you’re looking for a simple plugin that’s free–like if you’re running a personal blog and can’t afford a fancy software upgrade–the Mobile Press plugin is a great option. In just a few clicks you can create a mobile friendly version of your website without having to worry about complicated coding or recreating your theme or content. The plugin comes with two built-in themes, but there’s also support available for users who want to create a custom theme.
Jetpack is a simple plugin that’s packed with useful tools. One of these tools automatically helps you create a site that mobile users won’t have a problem navigating. Simply activate Mobile Theme from your Jetpack dashboard and your site will be mobile-ready for all the best mobile devices – including iPhone, Android, Windows phones, and more. Best of all, Jetpack by WordPress is free!
4. OBox Mobile
If you don’t consider yourself very tech-savvy, then the OBox Mobile plugin is for you. With a quick install, the plugin will automatically create a beautiful layout that displays nicely on Windows, Android, and iOS devices. You can leave it at that, or you can further customize your design with your choice of colors and fonts. Users can even upload their own logos and icons to ensure proper branding across devices.
Everything else you could want in a mobile web development plugin is here, too. Manage your ad space, link to your social media profiles, enable a feature slider, and control your menus. All this comes to you for a one-time payment of $79 for the standard pack or $139 for the premium pack.
5. Duda Mobile Website Builder
Duda Mobile is a simple tool that takes all the information on your website and reorganizes it based on the screen size users are accessing the site from. The great thing about this plugin is that you’ll never have to sacrifice the overall look of your website given the abundance of theme options. That makes it a great tool when you don’t want to change a thing about your branding. The plugin is free, but it offers more options for a small $7.20 per month.
6. Mobile Plugin by iThemes
With just a few clicks you can be on your way to creating a custom mobile theme with the Mobile Plugin by iThemes. Choose from a huge collection of mobile-ready themes, and enjoy tools like a style manager and built-in header uploader. What sets this option apart from others is its ability to set separate themes for different platforms–like iOS vs. Android–to deliver the best mobile experience for each user.
Everything on these themes are easy to customize, from fonts and colors to widget bars and more. You don’t have to know a thing about coding to enjoy the benefits of this plugin. Get started for $80.
With so many mobile responsive plugin options, there shouldn’t be an excuse for leaving your mobile website users without a quality experience. Which one of these options will you use for your site?