Mobile internet users continue to grow every day. Results of Monetate Q1 2013 Ecommerce Quarterly revealed that mobile and tablet devices now share almost 25% internet visits to large e-commerce websites.
Internet shopping through smartphones and tablets is also on the rise. Internet Retailer cites comScore Inc.’s new report titled ‘State of the U.S. Online Retail Economy’ that shows online retail increased from 17.1 billion in February 2010 to 34.9 billion in February 2013, a 104% increase. What was interesting is that most of the increase was due to mobile devices. Online retail on smartphones grew from 2.7 billion to 12.9 billion, a staggering increase of 385%.
With so many people now relying on smartphones and tablets to visit websites, it’s important that you carter your WordPress website to different displays, otherwise you’ll be missing out on a major chunk of traffic and revenue.
You can do that by changing your theme to a responsive one, but it may be that you and the website readers are accustomed to the current design.
In that case, you have the option of installing a responsive plugin. Some plugins are free to install, while premium ones come at a price. However, you can also save on premium WordPress plugins if you use a site like this to find a credit card for the transactions. Such cards offer you a straightforward cash rewards for as much as up to 5%.
Top plugins to make your WordPress site responsive
WP Touch Pro 3 is one of the most popular among the lot. You can get it from bravecode, and customize it according to your preferences through the feature-rich Settings menu. The menu gives you the ability to choose a custom child theme, create custom icons and menus, select how the tab appears on mobile and tablets and a lot more.
WP Touch Pro 3 is a premium offering. There are three packages available – Pro Single, Pro 5 pack and Pro developer priced at $49, $99 and $249 respectively. The plugin is SEO friendly and supports 21 different languages.
There are four color options that you can apply to the layout of the theme presented by this plugin – black, read, green and blue. Each of the post on your site is split up into pages, making it easy to read for those who visit through mobile devices.
The plugin includes a built-in widget where ad codes can be inserted. You can also toggle on the switcher, giving the option to visitors to switch between desktop and mobile theme. WordPress Mobile Pack is free to install, but you’re only limited to a single theme.
This plugin gives you the option to apply separate themes for separate device browsers. It’s compatible with the latest as well as old handset and tablet models. A stand out feature of WPtap is that you can redirect visitors to URLs of your own choice based on the devices they’re using to browse your website.
There are some device already listed by the plugin, but you can also add those that are missing and set a theme for them. This responsive plugin is also free to install.
Do you use any of these plugins? Or you would rather prefer a responsive theme?