Don’t get Caught dead with SEO. Its 2015 and google has just announced that mobile friendly websites or responsive themes are going to be a factor in ranking websites in their search engines. Every serious blogger or internet marketer cannot ignore this, with google being one of the biggest search engines for now.
There is no doubt about it that well known people in the website business are backing up this move, with Matt Mullenweg the founding developer of WordPress also supporting responsive themes by making all their default wordpress themes like “twenty fifteen” “twenty fourteen” and older default WP themes responsive.
Even Google ‘s Matt Cutts says that Responsive and mobile ready websites will be preferred in their search engine ranking factors.
Not having a smartphone , tablet or smart devices enabled website can cost your money and also on-line visitors/traffic to your blog.
So What is a mobile friendly or responsive website ?
In simple words a responsive website is one which can display any website or blog on any device fluidly/properly without getting misaligned .
To put this into perspective earlier many websites were made only bearing in mind desktop screens or at the most laptop screens, so when you browsed that website on a small mobile phone or tablet or a big Wide screen monitor the website design either got messed up due to the different viewing dimensions or it was very difficult to navigate the website on a small device.
Responsive or smart device/smartphone friendly websites are made in such a manner that the website automatically responds or changes the website design to suit the screen you are viewing the website on. If you access the website from your smartphone (as a example ) you see a smartphone friendly version design where you can easily scroll and see better larger text to suit your reading on a smartphone but if you access that same website from a normal desktop you can see the a wider design version suitable for you desktop screen, so the website responds to the device you are viewing it on.
This has become a ranking factor for google , who is pushing for this to be adopted by all . This is also due to the increase of internet browsing and shopping by people on their phones and google having a major chunk of the online ppc advertising business. Warrior forums also states that this could be a compulsory factor for all websites in the future, enforced by google.
So where does word press comes in with responsive design?
WordPress is one of the most popular and website software that is also a CMS and blog software with many top websites like mashable and techcrunch and BBC America using this platform to host their websites. WordPress is not only kept regularly upto date but is also Html compliant and one of the platforms that have the most number of themes available for designing word press websites.
[ For newbies] A wordpress theme is a pre made design that you can install with one click in minutes to change the entire look of your wordpress blog or website
WordPress themes are one of the first website /blog design to be widely adopted by website designers to make responsive themes and they are hundreds so free and paid responsive themes if you use wordpress blog software for your website.
Even though there are good free responsive themes , I do prefer to use paid responsive website themes as they are updated more frequently by their developers. WordPress software is updated quite regularly and if your wordpress responsive theme is not properly coded or updated then it can break your website. Free themes are not updated as regularly for obvious reasons .
Website/Blog Responsive Design, What Does It Cost?
If you have a relatively simple website for your business, modifying your existing website to a responsive design may cost you as little as several hundred dollars to perhaps a few thousand based on how big your website is. That is also assuming that the existing design lends itself to becoming responsive and it does not have to be fully redone.
But its quite likely that if you haven’t redesigned your website in many years, you might need to go through a complete redesign process and the answer to what it will cost is, as usual, “it depends.”
If you have a website designer that you work with you on your website, simply ask them what it will cost to overhaul your existing website to be responsive. If you have a wordpress website with not much customisation done, then you are in luck and you can get your wordpress blog or website made responsive in under $100 dollars. Check out some demo websites and providers below that we recommend.
What Reponsive desing themes do I recommend ?
One of my favourite themes providers are Solostream Themes (This website uses solostream -Check it out on mobile), Elegant themes and Theme forest themes in no particular order , though I like solostream for its streamlined design and good banner advertising options
Elegant themes I like for its price($69 one off for 80 + themes ) and range of beautiful designs available .
Below is an example of what you can get from these three providers
Solostream responsive theme
Elegant responsive theme
[ Elegant themes – $69 for 80+ premium Wp themes ]
Theme forest responsive theme
Themeforest [Responsive sarah theme Demo]
I have also used other providers for themes like Genesis , WP thesis and WPzoom in the past but their prices are a bit on the higher side for what they are offering in comparison to the above theme providers.
Example of HTML5 Template
ARIVA is responsive one page portfolio template with clean,simple,minimalist and elegant design.It can be used for creative digital agent or even personal/freelancer to show portfolios and selling services. Its build based on twitter bootstrap ,so it has powerfull features.
- Build with twitter bootstrap
- Icon powered by Fontawesome
- Responsive Design
- 8+ Header Style(Slider,Video and Youtube background)
- Ajax Portfolio
- Working Contact Form
- and Many More
How to make my wordpress website responsive in 2 minutes ?
1. Login to your website admin panel .
2. Got o appearance / themes – just upload a purchased responsive theme (theme in a zip folder will also do)
3. Activate the theme, and your done (You might need to go to theme settings and do some minor fine tuning-Optional)
Get your new blog started the right way with a responsive wordpress website and blog your way to success. Early adopters of new technology always stay ahead of the game. Click one of the above referral links above to be taken to the latest offers available on those themes.( links regularly updated).
So if you liked the simple design of this blog that is truly responsive you can get/browse the solostream themes & prices over here or if you prefer to get a low-cost wp premuim themes membership which also gives you a couple of plugins you can browse/buy elegant themes at their website here. Good luck!
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