If you remember, some time back I reviewed Jetpack WordPress plugin which is by Automattic (WordPress creator) and brings many features of WordPress.com into self-hosted WordPress blog. In past few months, they have added many features and needless to say, now it’s one of the must have plugin for your WordPress blog.
Today, I ditched one more plugin call WPtouch after Jetpack team released 1.8 version of this plugin. In 1.8 version of Jetpack, there is only one new feature added, but I’m sure those who are using this WordPress plugin, will love to enable it right away. Jetpack plugin now let you make your blog mobile compatible.
2017 update: If you are using a responsive WordPress theme, you don’t need to enable mobile module of Jetpack plugin.
How to enable Jetpack Mobile Theme?
If you have Jetpack plugin installed, go to updates and update it to latest version. If you have not yet installed Jetpack, download it from WordPress repo or simply search “Jetpack” from Add new plugin in your WordPress dashboard and install it. Click on Jetpack and look for mobile theme feature. Click on Activate to activate this module.
Once you have enabled mobile theme feature for Jetpack, you can click on configure to change few settings. Right now, there is only one setting option offered by this module, but for a mobile theme, this is very useful.
You can control to show full post or excerpt on the home page or archive pages. I recommend you to enable excerpts on the homepage and on the archive page. This will help users to quickly browse more post when they are accessing your WordPress blog from mobile devices.
Once you save the settings, make sure to delete all your cache, else you might not see the change. Also, if you are using any other plugin which optimizes WordPress blog for mobile or tablet, you might like to deactivate it t avoid any conflicts.
Though, at this time I miss few things which could be added in mobile theme module like adding the logo, setting custom menu and sidebar option. One important thing which is missing is an option to monetize. I was using WPtouch plugin, and it let me add Adsense for my mobile site but something which I need to miss in Jetpack mobile theme.
By default it’s a 1 column theme, that means your sidebar widgets will be displayed after the post, but still, it’s useful as your readers can focus more on content when viewing your WordPress site from mobile.
Jetpack mobile module: Good or bad?
The good thing about this module is you can ditch one more WordPress plugin on your blog but it lacks many features which should be there. Another thing is, readability of your content improves and it supports all major mobile operating system, so you don’t need to worry about walking an extra mile for your mobile readers.
Another useful feature is, your readers can also switch between desktop mode and mobile mode, which is useful when they accessing your site from big screen tablets. Here is a screenshot of ShoutMeLoud after activating this plugin and viewed on iPhone:
As I mentioned above, this module comes with the limited set of features and configuration have nothing much to offer. Especially, if you have a large number of people accessing your site via mobile, you might not like to miss the option to monetize it, which Jetpack plugin lacks. In this case, I would recommend stick to WPtouch plugin which offers a better option.
If you are using a responsive WordPress theme, you don’t need any mobile plugin. Not sure? Here are tools to check the responsiveness of your theme.
Anyhow, if you have not yet made your WordPress site mobile friendly, install Jetpack WordPress plugin and activate the mobile theme and make your site mobile friendly.
Do let me know which method you prefer to make your WordPress site mobile friendly? Do you use any plugin or any 3rd party services?
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