A while back I wrote an articled titled What is a Mobile Responsive WordPress Theme and Why Should You Use It? When I wrote it, about 30% of readers visited websites on mobile devices — tablets and smartphones.
Today it’s more — lots more.
According to Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, those numbers, at least for his site, are now at almost 50%. And that number will continue to grow.
If making your site accessible to half the people who want to view it isn’t a compelling enough reason to make it mobile responsive, consider this:
On November 18, Google announced that it will consider mobile responsiveness in site rankings.
Let me repeat that, in a slightly different way. . .
If your site isn’t mobile responsive Google will drop you in the rankings.
Using a mobile responsive WordPress theme is no longer optional.
I’ve been recommending only mobile responsive themes for a while. Count on it — if a theme isn’t mobile responsive, I won’t recommend it. Period. And if you want me to build a site for you using a non-responsive theme, I won’t do it. I’m even going to review all the themes I show in the Resources section of the site, and remove those that aren’t responsive.
Pretty drastic? Not really.
In this crowded internet, you need every advantage. And if your WordPress site doesn’t make it easy for the smartphone and tablet users to read, you’re tying a great big anchor around your neck before jumping into the water.
If you’re not sure whether your site is mobile responsive, you can check it out with Google using this link. Just type in your URL, and Google will let you know.
It also showed me what each of my homepages looks like on a smartphone.
UPDATE: If your site isn’t mobile responsive by the end of March, 2021, Google will stop indexing it. Get important information like this early, by subscribing to my newsletter, below!
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