With more and more people going mobile every day, building a mobile-friendly responsive blog or website is one of the success mantras for any online business. And we can’t forget the ‘customer satisfaction’ mantra, which reminds us to satisfy customer needs in every best possible manner. For Internet users, easy website navigation and responsive interface are the most basic requirements.
To help you achieve the same on your WordPress site, we’re going to introduce some of the top WordPress plugins to build responsive blogs or websites without needing to buy a brand new responsive theme. Many of these plugins cost nothing, but we’re also listing a few premium plugins in the interest of power users who demand more features.
Jetpack is an all-in-one plugin, which helps to fill the gap between WordPress.org and WordPress.com features. One of its exciting features, ‘Mobile Theme’ optimizes your blog with a mobile-friendly theme, offering your blog readers better navigation and improved readability.
‘Photon’ another feature of the Automattic’s Jetpack, is an image delivery service that accelerates your website by loading images from WordPress.com’s CDN, hence improving the mobile users’ overall experience. It also features many ‘Traffic Growth’ features to boost your site’s readership by popularizing the content and improving user engagement.
WPTouch (Free / $88)
WPTouch enables a responsive layout on your blog and ensures your blog passes the Google Mobile Test, improving your site’s SEO rankings. It includes a control panel to choose from a range of stylish mobile-friendly themes for your blog without making changes in the configured desktop theme.
WPTouch claims to be on Google’s Top WordPress Mobile Solutions list, and even offers a premium version starting at $88. Its Pro features include trendy themes for ecommerce and business blogs and advertising options along with premium customer support.
Any Mobile Theme Switcher (Free / $10-$100)
Any Mobile Theme Switcher adapts to any given theme and makes it work in any browser on any device. It ensures better mobile recognition and works with perfection, and from a number of theme options, you can choose separate themes for different device types.
Apart from those features, you can also set different homepages for separate devices. This plugin offers a pro version starting from $10 that supports W3 Total Cache and integrates seamlessly with it for better performance and improved user experience.
WordPress Mobile Pack (Free / $69)
WordPress Mobile Pack gives your blog a mobile app-like look and feel on phones and tablets. It primarily makes the content flow smoothly and eradicates the hassle of viewing content on mobile devices. The plugin is compatible with all browser and device types, and helps improve readability.
It lets you customize the blog’s desktop theme and change its appearance per the requirements of mobile users. It also offers a pro version (available for $69) that features monetization options along with social sharing features, more (and better) themes, and professional support.
WP Mobile Detector (Free / $50)
WP Mobile Detector builds a mobile-friendly version of your blog’s theme for non-desktop users. It offers 11 attractive themes that work unconditionally with any type of blog or layout. This plugin can identify more than 5000 mobile devices and delivers content with resized images automatically.
Its themes also note statistics for your mobile visitors to help you understand readership insights. For additional features and support like advanced theme editing, content monetizing, automatic formatting, and advanced mobile statistics, you can upgrade to the premium version for just $50.
WP Mobile Edition (Free)
WP Mobile Edition includes a mobile theme switcher, which detects the users’ devices and transforms the blog’s template accordingly. Unlike various others mentioned here, it even allows users to choose between mobile and desktop themes per their individual preferences.
This free plugin gives you total control: it lets you choose from a variety of themes and even allows you to adapt your own style. It includes many other features, and it also rescales images per the device type. The plugin optimizes your blog for mobile users and boosts your site’s ranking, too.
Mobile Smart (Free / $16)
Mobile Smart provides a responsive template and offers a manual switcher for visitors to choose between the mobile or desktop layout. It features device type recognition like other such plugins and rescales the images out of the box on phones and tablets for best readability.
With Mobile Smart Pro available at $16, you can also configure a custom homepage and add menus and widgets to your mobile blog or website. It even supports templates for tablets and Apple devices and helps deliver a superb experience to all mobile users.
WP Mobile (Free / $19)
WP Mobile transforms your WordPress site into a mobile blog using a beautiful responsive theme. WP Mobile offers custom menus and navigation, and also lets you set a custom homepage that has a separate structure that focuses on mobile users rather than desktop users.
The premium version of WP Mobile offers more features like minimalist templates for your blog that is more lightweight in design and load faster than other themes. It provides mobile-only WordPress shortcodes and top-notch support to its pro customers for just $19.
The HandHeld plugin by Elegant Themes brings an exclusive look to your mobile blog with enhanced layouts and structure that leave your mobile visitors captivated. You can opt for a number of color options to customize your mobile theme and its layout.
Elegant Themes have exclusively developed this plugin for mobile readers to eliminate the hassles of browsing desktop websites using mobile devices and reading content by zooming in and out. HandHeld, available for $69, is frequently updated to ensure compatibility with the latest WordPress versions and provides excellent support.
The Mobile plugin by iThemes is an advanced plugin that builds mobile-ready themes for your blog that deliver your content perfectly on all mobile devices. This plugin detects all device types and resizes the blog’s images without losing its aspect ratio. Mobile includes a mobile theme manager that lets you customize the basic style for your blog including fonts, menus, and custom navigation.
Mobile even allows building and using custom themes. It is compatible with the latest version of WordPress and offers updates to avoid bugs and errors. This premium plugin costs $45 and lets you upload a custom header to show your brand, too.
Which plugin best suits your preference here? Do you know of any other WordPress plugins for building mobile-friendly blogs or improving the mobile user’s browsing experience? Please let us know in the comments.