Why I only use mobile ready RESPONSIVE themes

Last Update: March 17, 2014

I personally will only use "RESPONSIVE themes" as they work on desktop screens, notebooks, netbooks, tablets and mobile phones - out of the box!

Whoa?! Okay, RESPONSIVE simply means it responds automatically to fit the screen on whatever device the website visitor may be using!

Hmm.... how can I test my site to see what it looks like on different devices? Glad you asked!

Go here: www.studiopress.com/responsive/ - type your website name into the top box and hit enter!

The result is a screen full of different sized device screens showing clearly you what your respective user will be seeing. There are other ways, but the easiest is that way.

(Using Firefox browser - press and hold SHIFT and CAPS LOCK at same time - then letter M will also work for example).

To find themes simply search for RESPONSIVE themes.

Ok, so what if mine is not a responsive site? In my opinion, I would consider what my typical visitor is likely to use when surfing the net. We can assume that most older and lower income groups may well be using a deskyop or large screen laptop. If so, this is less of an issue.

If your target market suggests that they would be using a smart phone or tablet, then there is room for thought as to what should I do about my NON-RESPONSIVE site that I already have?

Again, this is all my opinion and preferences here, so what would I do if a client asked me the same question?

Firstly I would consider getting them to agree to recreate the site to become responsive.

If they are not happy to do so I would suggest creating a seperate mobile site and adding a MOBILE USER click "HERE" type link image button on the main site in a relevant position, ie top left. (Another story for another blog!).

My view is to consider this from the beginning stages.

I hope you find this informative and that I have simplified the points herein.

Please feel to discuss and comment below, like, etc and Facebook at top of page where you can would be great too thank you!

Please read and like my other blogs to?! Thank you in advance.

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donrw059 Premium
Thanks for sharing this very necessary info. You have answered the question I have been searching for. Now, I don't want you inside my head but, could you sit on my shoulder, like the little devil does and whisper in my ear, " don't do that dummy, it will make your life much more miserable than I can". OK, go ahead, you know you want to.
Don
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JustBob Premium
Thanks for the advice. I have been struggling with what theme to use, because there are so many and more importantly I know so little about their individual relative merits.
Best,
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OldMule Premium
Cheers for the heads up my friend!
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JustBob Premium
Been a while. Hope that means your busily winning. So, how is the new setup going?
Have a niche I finally like. Still haven't got the hang of nudging, tickling or poking a theme into doing just what I want.
Best
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Damien-P Premium
Thank for the info. Been looking around for a mobile option. Stuck with plugin I don't want to have, and I need a mobile theme to replace this feature of the plugin.

I have a better Idea what to look for now. Cheers!

Do you have any suggestions?
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OldMule Premium
Hi.
1. What did the plugin do?
2. What niche are you working in?
OldMule
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Damien-P Premium
The plugin slowed the site down and was heavy on features I didn't need.

I'm currently focused on personal development. Inspirational stories or informative opinions are a common topic of mine
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OldMule Premium
Hi - your site is looking good - I can see you have made a big effort - well done! Shout me if there is anything you need help with.
Chat soon.
OldMule
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ezmax911 Premium
I am glad I found this post before I got too far into building my site. I checked and found my site looks terrible on phones. Thanks for the great post.
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OldMule Premium
You are most welcome - not enough noise made around in this respect I am afraid. Glad you found it useful.
(BTW - Please click the "like" buttons on the site where appropriate).
Many thanks
OldMule
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dhdejordy Premium
yes it was shocking to see the difference. I got one theme right the other I am changing, just for this reason alone thanks again. You are a valuable member here!
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OldMule Premium
Greatly appreciate the comment - more so I am very happy you are able to make the switch now and not later when even more work. Well done for reading my blog sir!
Thanks a mill. Have a great day!
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dhdejordy Premium
wow, now I have work to do. nice!
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OldMule Premium
Hope this will help you out!
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Tanti1969 Premium
Wow, Responsive is awesome. Thanks Oldmule!
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OldMule Premium
Good thing to think about in the early days of building your site!
Glad you gained something from it!
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PvanO Premium
I'll be sure to look for 'responsive themes'. Better to get it right, from the start. Thanks for the 'heads-up'.
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OldMule Premium
Welcome any time! Thanks for the comment.
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babygal1 Premium
It's like you were reading my mind when you wrote this coz this is exactly what i was asking myself.thanx!:-)
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OldMule Premium
Glad you found something from it. I think you should take 5 minutes each day and read my blogs, they are designed to be easy to read and follow and with consideration to the newbie.
Get focused - climb mountains!
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caylynn Premium
Totally agree. Responsive themes are easier and reach globally. To add a mobile site to manage is counterproductive. You think?^_~
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OldMule Premium
Completely agree! Thanks for the comment.
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Bill67 Premium
Thanks for sharing
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OldMule Premium
Thank you for the comments, appreciated.
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Crystal2010 Premium
Good info
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OldMule Premium
Thank you, thanks too for the comment.
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Tyee Premium
Interesting info thanks
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OldMule Premium
Thanks for the positive comment.
Have a magic day!
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edgie Premium
sweet, my site fits in nicely with all sizes. very handy info mate , cheers
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OldMule Premium
Cheers for the nod.
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ezyazpie Premium
Ok that is something to take note of since there are so many mobile users who hardly use a PC if ever.
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OldMule Premium
Google reckon mobile to beat pc this early this year.
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ezyazpie Premium
I am sure that mobile will beat pc very soon if it has not happened yet.
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MarkoMavaros Premium
Thanks mule, I check my site,and it is responsive as text adapt to screen size but the banner size is not due it fix size.
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OldMule Premium
Hmmm - put your website link here and let me see what I can figure out. It may be the slider plugin settings.
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OldMule Premium
Will look into it for you - meanwhile carry on carrying on! Have a magic day!
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gatoloco Premium
Thank you as usual very helpful and yes mine is ok. whooooooooop whoooooop
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OldMule Premium
Yeah! Groovy baby - Groovy! Ha!
Rock on!
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KatieMac Premium
oh I did look and have to say I like the way it looks thank you so much, it seems ok in those frames
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OldMule Premium
Great!!
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KatieMac Premium
Thanks have not had a chance to look at it properly just trying to finish off my lesson with Kyle but will take a look have bookmarked it thank you for taking the time to assist
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Damien Lane Premium
Hey mate,
Google recons this year site hits on mobile devices will for the first time surpass desktop internet page hits.
Timely article this, & ignore this growing trend and you may find the modern (fickle ;) ) audience finding someone who IS providing the service they request. This site you've linked to sounds great, & can't have been around too long 'cause the most resent advice I had re cross device testing was to actually test directly to the seperate devices. This will be a great test time saver. Regards, damien.
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OldMule Premium
Thank you kindly for the great comments.
I like the quick look one type way it works - simplz!
We think in the same space and move in the right circles.
Respect mate!
OldMule
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Damien Lane Premium
Ah, I'm guessing you must be referring to the 'F' pattern template?
(I'm not quite sure). I Was actually doing it subconsciously friend.
Though that is (decidedly obvious
to eye tracking software),
how we take in information;
our eyes have been trained by News editors from over
a century prior to the www, at least some things do not change
by the minute. Respect right back at ya OldMule! damien.
(Just re-read your comment - sorry misunderstood/misread -
Absolutely, your right - cut-paste a domain addy & walla ~ nice!)
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joskieman Premium
You are very right. It's great to have those themes. Everything is mobile now. Everyone had some kind of mobile device.
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bluewell Premium
https://developers.google.com/chrome-developer-tools/docs/mobile-emulation
click above link to see how to emulate the website display in various terminal
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OldMule Premium
For most people the other site I mentioned above will be easier as it is simply go there and type address. Quick to see result. But I will look further into your link.
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bluewell Premium
https://developers.google.com/chrome-developer-tools/docs/mobile-emulation
how to emulate the website display in different devices
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masirois Premium
Thanks for the suggestion on how to approach choosing a theme for mobile. I have been using the the trial/error method - try it and see what it looks like on my iPhone/iPad. This will help next time I have to choose a theme!
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OldMule Premium
Glad you will find this useful.
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rodc711 Premium
Tried it ,works great .Thanks
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OldMule Premium
Fantastic! Cheers for sharing your result!
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rodc711 Premium
I see the future will include a lot of useful info from you. Thanks again.
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Starcreator Premium
Thanks for the info.
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OldMule Premium
Thanks for the nod.
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Internetgranny Premium
Thanks. Yes, I had learned about this along the way. This is such a great community with so many questions and answers that I seem to absorb a lot of information like a sponge without having to ask the questions myself.
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OldMule Premium
Sometimes a lot easier?! Ha!
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nomda ploom Premium
it should be a basic requirement, and this is a helpful reminder.
Designing for mobile and having two versions of sites on the server will be increasingly important too- don't you think?
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OldMule Premium
I still go responsive with 1 site from the offset, you can also add a .mobi site but I never have. Thanks for the feedback too.
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KatieMac Premium
Thanks for sharing have never heard of this or thought about a mobile app, worth considering
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OldMule Premium
Did you look at your site at the website I suggested? Can be an eye opener to some. Be blessed with a great day!
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Visions Premium
Thanks for sharing Andy. I have heard that the Responsive Theme is great. I think I will look into it.
~ Diane
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OldMule Premium
You are welcome and strongly encourage you to do that. Be blessed!
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ar20746 Premium
You're full of knowledge. Thanks for sharing Andy.
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OldMule Premium
It is the years of info overload - need to get it out there! Ha! Thanks for the nod!
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Swuave10 Premium
nice wut a great tip
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OldMule Premium
Cool - thanx dude!
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stn67 Premium
Great one more i have to bookmark
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OldMule Premium
Welcome - thanks for the comment too.
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whitsunday Premium
yay! Thanks Old Mule. I think my chosen theme is fully responsive. Great tip for checking.
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OldMule Premium
Fab! Glad you came and shared that with me!
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Scorpio15 Premium
Great info I will bookmark this!Thanks
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OldMule Premium
Cheers for the nod - have a super day!
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SowAndReap Premium
This is soooo cool! Thanks for sharing Andy.
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OldMule Premium
You my friend are very welcome. Thank you for the comment.
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jerryjaye Premium
That is an excellent tool. Thanks for sharing.
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OldMule Premium
Any time squire!
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bap0304 Premium
Thanks, awesome tool!
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BigDubbayew Premium
How could anyone NOT like this? Great info! Thanks a LOT you old mule!
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OldMule Premium
Respect! Cheers for the comment too!
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welshy Premium
Same here, something else people should be aware of is just because you have a responsive theme doesn't mean everything you add is going to be responsive, so always make sure you check additional features and elements that you add to your site.
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OldMule Premium
Totally agree, when adding plugins, always read about it first and check the feedback score and comments. Thanks for sharing that too.
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Trialynn Premium
Thanks for the information!
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OldMule Premium
Welcome as always - thanks for the nod!
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Wayne Wallace Premium
Amen brother why would you use anything else these days?
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OldMule Premium
One would think - Ebay made an app to save rebuilding their stuff. Everyday I come across business sites that are - well, let us say STALE? Thanks for the nod.
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Wayne Wallace Premium
Yes I have some old stale sites too, just a matter of time ;-)
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FFMktg Premium
Thanks, Good Stuff, as usual...
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OldMule Premium
Cheers for the nod!
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BeckieG Premium
I, too, prefer the responsive themes, OldMule! I often check my website on my iPhone and I like to be able to actually read it!
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OldMule Premium
100%! Thank you for the comment. Have a great day!
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norland Premium
Mine looks good. Thank you for that.
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cybridge Premium
That helps alot too, now many people are using mobile just to surf the internet and etc. Great post!
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OldMule Premium
thank you for the response. Have a magic day!
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GatorGal747 Premium
Well, hey there, Old Mule....wondered where you were tonight....now, I know....busy creating more helpful stuff for those who really need it.

Thanks again for combing your libraries and giving us more tools to make our sites better!

~~Suz
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OldMule Premium
Be blessed! Thanks for the lovely comments as usual from you! Hugz!
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mdvs42 Premium
Again thanks for sharing
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OldMule Premium
You are welcome as usual! Cheers for the nod!
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