Are you waiting to upgrade your blog design to responsive and mobile friendly? I have waited a long time to upgrade ShoutMeLoud Thesis theme to latest Thesis version which is responsive and while upgrading I also added a mobile only site to ShoutMeLoud.
One thing which changed after making this site responsive and offering mobile only site is, my mobile search traffic increased by 200% and it’s rising since then ( Refer to below screenshot). If you are a long time reader of ShoutMeLoud, you are aware of services which I offer and as a part of my experiment, I contacted all my old clients and asked them to upgrade their theme to latest version of Thesis and have a Responsive + mobile site too.
Responsive site is good when your reader is viewing your site on different screen-size ( Tablets, Mobile) and at the same time having a mobile only site gives a great experience when your reader is visiting from mobile. Many of you might be just having responsive site, and I highly recommend you to get a mobile specific site too. I will talk about the technicality and other details later, but first here is a screenshot of how my mobile traffic blasted after adding mobile only theme.
Just to let you know, I was earlier using WPTouch Pro plugin to offer mobile version of WordPress blog but after using custom code, the traffic changed. So if you are one of those who is using plugins to offer mobile only site, you might like to test Plugin mobile site Vs. hard coded mobile site to see the difference.
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Giri’s experience with mobile and responsive WordPress site:
One of my client whose site is designed and developed by ShoutMeLoud, shared his review after upgrading to responsive and mobile site. This was actually a testimonial from Giri after upgrading his theme and here is what he added:
I’m a long term client of Shoutmelod. I was using the Blogger in the beginning and after read Harsh articles about WordPress, I decided to move WordPress which was happened in 2010. In the past 4 years I don’t have any problem in the site and it was working fine. Harsh suggested me to use Hostgator (for hosting) and Thesis theme for the blog and I did the same. I’m happy about the performance.
After 4 years (2014) I decided to upgrade my Theme since it was outdated (but was working fine no issues) and this time heard about “Responsive Theme” from Harsh. He said it has lot of benefits and he had explained in his Blog as well. Finally I decided to upgrade the latest Thesis theme which is responsive theme for better view. I have passion in Blogging but am not earning from it and I’m not a professional blogger. I’m just writing for my passion. That’t it!
Hence I can’t spend lot of money for upgrade so I explained my situation to Harsh. He considered my request and did the work with very affordable price for me. Thanks to Harsh for this help. Actually I had lot of customization and I won’t be satisfied easily. I had given so many task to him as per my interest and customization. Eespecially I expected same design and settings. He has done all my requests with same cost. I can’t expect the same service from other company. This is the major difference between ShoutMeLoud and rest of the companies.
I heard from someone, don’t remember, Plain theme is the best theme compare to Flash theme because of security reason. I suggest Thesis theme for everyone.
Now I come to the performance of my WordPress site.
You believe it or not the performance is incredible, seriously. Even I couldn’t believe this changes because my site bounce rate has drastically reduced and Android users have increased a lot. I couldn’t believe yet. I’m not joking or bluffing. You can see the difference in the below output. (Loading in less than 3 sec without CDN or much optimisation).
I had upgraded on August 29th and from 29th you can see the clear difference. Readers are happy about the improvement eespecially mobile and Tablet users are now getting better performance.
Page load time has reduced lot. Now its really fast loading. One more thing is always Harsh will try to reduce the third party Plugin usage hence he will complete the requirement with the local script which will improve the site performance.
If you have plan to move WordPress from Blogger, upgrade of Responsive Theme or any other Blog related work you can choose ShoutMeLoud without any hesitation.
Once again thanks to Harsh!
Why mobile site and Takeaway:
Let’s assume you are using responsive theme and you are loading your sidebar and footer after your content. Now think of your self viewing a site on your mobile phone and what experience you would get with such a site. Having a responsive site is need of the time but at the same time you need to think of those users who are using mobile phone to get access to your site. You should be offering a well optimised version of your site for mobile and should only have those elements which really matters. I have recently moved ShoutMeTech.com to mobile + responsive site, and it also increased my AdSense earning after using responsive AdSense ads unit.
Having a responsive and mobile site is not only quintessential but every serious blog should have it. If you have not worked on it, I highly recommend you to get one for your blog right away. You can always take advantage of ShoutMeLoud services and my team would create a mobile + responsive site for your WordPress theme. Even if you are not using Thesis or Genesis theme, ShoutMeLoud team will take care of it.
At the same time I’m also focusing on mobile app for ShoutMeLoud and you can download the beta version from Google app store here. Do let me know what strategies you are following for your mobile readers?