WordPress is an open source CMS integrating easy to use features and offering lots of flexibility. WordPress has become so popular a platform for blogging and web development that there is nothing new to say about it. However, how to create a responsive, mobile friendly WordPress Theme deserves a discussion in details. Mobile device users use Internet, browse websites, hook to social media and shop online when they are on the move. Responsive WordPress themes with multi-mobile device suitability are a need of the present mobile age. No need to say why responsive WordPress layout design services are in demand.
First of all, we need to understand what the term ‘responsive’ implies in case of web or WordPress design. Responsive WordPress templates being dynamic require more detailed WordPress design concept than static themes. ‘Responsive’ and “Dynamic’ are interrelated terms with lots of significance. If you can continue working in any situation, in any environment and at any time, it is evident that you are dynamic. Likewise, if you open a WordPress website on multiple devices of different sizes and resolutions, the website layout readjusts itself to fit in any device of any size. Such high is the usability level of responsive WordPress website themes!
Smooth navigation of websites on touch screen devices is one of the most useful features of responsive WordPress themes. Top bar with drop-down menus is just a passé. Multi level navigation is not a mobile device user friendly feature. There are some navigation system types with pros and cons for touch screen mobile device ready websites. Some of them are the Toggle, the Footer only, the Footer Anchor and the Left Nav Flyout.
WordPress templates comprise of some important layout options, to say left sidebar, right sidebar, footer, header, etc. These layout options do not work uniformly on different user mediums with various screen sizes. The right layout option that suits the screen size of target user mediums adds flexibility to responsive WordPress themes. A website template with left sidebar may not work to the mobile device user’s satisfaction as they want to check the latest post on the top, without scrolling down.
Another challenge of responsive web theme design is selection of widget areas. Creating responsive layout design for WordPress websites is a herculean task especially when you are not sure what content type will be put on websites. So the challenge to designers lies in ensuring the responsiveness of the design, irrespective of widgets and widget areas.
WordPress themes for mobile devices with touch screen are responsive when the design is navigable by the user’s fingers. As there is no role of mouse cursor, buttons, tabs and widgets must be bigger than the usual size and placed at the right position. The designer should be generous regarding the use of font size and white space on the interface of mobile ready WordPress Theme.
If you target such devices as MacBook Pro and iPad with high pixel density for your WordPress website, think twice about the use of images in the layout to make it more responsive. The fewer images, the more light the theme. Websites with lightweight themes run well even when the mobile Internet connection is slow.
If you are going to hire a designer for a responsive, mobile ready WordPress website, make sure to check with me for responsive layout design.