Google Search Changes
As I'm sure most of you are aware, Google is continuing it's "mobile search first" project they started a couple of years ago. For those of you who don't know, Google will be searching mobile devices first, before indexing pages meant for the desktop. The reason for this is because way more searches are being done on mobile devices as opposed to desktops. The next phase of this is in the middle of June, just a few days away.
Now would be a good time to test your mobile device for user friendliness and speed. Google's website has a whole battery of tests you can run. The "mobile friendliness" is perhaps the most important. It will tell you how easy (or not so easy) it is to view your site on a mobile device.
The generatepress theme seems to do a pretty good job of converting your site to work on a mobile device.
If you use Google search console, all the tests you need are all in one convenient place.
If you don't have search console, you can run a search for "mobile site friendliness". In my case, a test appeared right at the top of my search results. My site passed with flying colors. I really don't know what would happen with different themes, though. You'll just have to check them and see what happens.
There are many sites that offer mobile speed ratings as well.
The other change on the horizon is what I think they call "one click search". The problem is that if the visitor lands on a preferred snippet, he or she may find the answer to whatever question they had and have no need to click on the page again. This causes tracking problems for Google. They won't be able to determine how much time the user spent on the page, nor if the answer they found was relevant.
The same problem occurs with the question and answer section that appears on some pages. Google has apparently hired a statistician to help solve this problem.
Both of these issues are going to affect ranking a bit. I am planning to do some additional research on these issues to see if anything needs to be done to my website. If I find anything, I'll let everybody know.