As many of you know, people are accessing the Web on the go more and more – that’s why I think you should install a mobile site plugin on your blog.
To back up a bit, “There’s a Plugin for That” is a new, original blog feature on Read.Breathe.Relax. I’ll talk about the different plugin’s available for book bloggers who use WordPress and include step-by-step instructions of how to install them.
I don’t mean to leave out those of you who use Blogger, but WordPress offers tons of features that I’m familiar with because I use that platform. If you have any questions about using WordPress, please feel free to leave a question for me in the comments or email me here: lisa [at] readbreatherelax [dot] com.
Mobile Site Plugin – Whys and Hows
Back to mobile site plugins…
Like I mentioned earlier, people who have smartphones, iPads (jealous!) and Kindle Fires (even more jealous) are using the Web and hopefully visiting your blog. Make visiting your blog an easier experience = faster loading + easy navigation.
That’s were a mobile site comes in. For those of you who don’t know what a mobile site is, by the way, it is a “website optimized for viewing in a mobile browser.” You may be thinking, “Well, great – do I need to know how to code or something else equally as complicated??”
No, no you don’t. WordPress has made your life easier by offering tons of plugins that, once installed, make your blog mobile-ready with a few clicks.
The mobile site plugin I use on my blog is WPTouch . It had a ton of great reviews and an overall rating of 4 stars (out of five). You can view that information here.
Here’s a Step-By-Step Guide to Install the Plugin:
- Login in to WordPress. Click the Plugins menu on the left sidebar
- Click “Add New” at the top of the page
- Search for “WPTouch”
- Find the matching plugin (it should be the first result in the list)
- Click “Install Now”
- Next click “Activate Plugin”
- The plugin has been successfully installed. To change any of the settings, go to the “Settings” section on the left-hand sidebar and click “WPTouch”
- For additional settings, go to “Reading” under “Settings” to adjust the number of posts shown on your mobile site
If you have any troubles with the plugin (like it breaking your site), simply go back to the “Plugins” setting on the left sidebar, scroll down till you see “WPTouch” and click “Deactivate.” …I’ve had to do that many-a-time.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope none of you have any trouble installing the mobile site plugin and that it works great for you!