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April 8, 2014 | By Dee Ann Rice

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I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time surfing the net on my phone.

I have an iPhone and I finally got a data plan that allows me to actually read posts on my phone.

This is really great. I can go to any post and read it no matter where I am, which allows me to use all of those short periods of time that I am just sitting somewhere with nothing better to do.

Actually I have to say though this seemed really great until I come across a blog that is not phone friendly. It never fails, I will find a post that I really want to read and the blog owner has not made their post phone friendly. The post will be three times wider than the phone’s screen so I have to continually move the screen back and forth as I read each line.

Worse yet there will be a popup box that is impossible to remove because the “x” to get rid of it is off of the phone’s screen and there is no way to navigate to it. How frustrating this is especially when the post is about something that I really want to read and I don’t want to have to wait till I get home.

Enough of the wining about not being able to read what I want to and on to my point of this post.

Oh, first one more thing. If you are saying about now “If she is spending time reading all of these posts, she must not be reading mine because she never leaves a comment.” There is an explanation. I read a lot of posts but leaving comments on my phone is very difficult. It takes me forever to write a comment with one finger so I always wait till I get home and then it never happens because I have to deal with whatever is falling apart at that moment in the lives of my family. I have to come up with a better system to leave comments. I am working on it.

Now on to the rest of my post.

Your Readers Do Read Your Posts On Phones

Whether you read posts on your phone or not (maybe you don’t even have a smart phone or for that matter maybe you don’t even have a cell phone at all) your have readers do have smart phones and try to read your posts on their phones.

Have you made your blog cell phone friendly?

If you have not made your blog phone friendly then you may want to up date your blog so it is phone friendly. I for one would greatly appreciate it.

Making your blog cell phone friendly is very easy. It involves adding a plugin to your blog and this is one plugin that you should add. I know we are all trying to reduce the number of plugins so our blogs will run faster but I would classify this plugin as a high priority and worth adding.

The plugin I am using is WPtouch Mobile Plugin. You can easily install this plugin by going to plugins>new and doing a search for it right in the admin area of your blog.

My blog without the mobile plugin:

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This is just a miniature of my blog fit to my cell phone screen. I am actually surprised that my blog was just miniaturized to fit onto my phone. Many times I find that the blog is all there but I am only seeing about one third of it because it is way to big to fit. The way a blog shows up must depend on the theme being use.

Notice the text is to small to read and when I make it big enough I can not fit it all on my screen.

Very irritating!!

My blog using WPtouch Mobile Plugin:

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You can see everything is adjusted to fit on the phone screen. The text is also big enough to read easily.

Check Out Your Blog On A Phone

Check out your blog on a phone. If you do not have a smart phone ask a friend to check it out.

Find out if it is phone friendly. Today with so many people having smart phones it is very important to have a phone friendly blog.

If you install the mobile plugin be sure to check out your blog again to make sure the plugin is working

Pop Ups

I personally hate popups on any blog, no matter what I am reading the blog on. I especially hate the ones that popup a minute or two into my reading the post. That could be a whole post by itself though. So I won’t go on about it here.

If you do use popups make sure your readers are able to get rid of the popup on a phone. I have started avoiding blogs that I cannot get rid of the popup or it is very difficult to get rid of it on my phone. It makes reading the post not fun.

How About You?

Do you read posts on a phone? Is your blog phone friendly? Is making your blog phone friendly something you have even thought about?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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1 Adrienne
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April 8, 2014 at 7:26 am

Hey Dee Ann,

I wrote a post last month showing people how to check to see how many of their readers are reading their posts via their mobile devices. Although my stats weren’t huge and the majority of my readers weren’t there were a few that were very high.

I had a few tell me they didn’t want to bother because they just didn’t care which I found strange. Why would you want to lose potential readers just because you’re too lazy to add a plug-in? It’s not like you have to go and purchase a whole new theme, the plugin you suggested works just fine. It’s what I have too.

I agree I don’t read a lot of posts on my iPhone because I use Pocket to read them but it’s so much easier for those that access our posts using their mobile devices and they’ll never come back if you aren’t making it easy for them.

Great share and examples here, that speaks volumes.

~Adrienne
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2 Dee Ann Rice
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April 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Adrienne,

My stats are not great right now but when I looked last the majority of people were accessing my blog on a mobile device. Now I am sure that this is not a very good statistic as I have not been doing a very good job of getting my blogging done lately but, I need all of the traffic I can get so I definitely do not want to lose the little traffic I have by not being mobile friendly.

I really do not understand people who do not just take 5 minutes and add a plugin. It is so simple.

I do not really enjoy reading posts on my phone but it is better than not reading them at all so I do it.

I just have to get to where I am leaving comments. Working on that one.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

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3 Ashvini April 10, 2014 at 3:10 am

Hi Dee Ann,
Making mobile friendly blog is just a matter of minutes by installing the plugin that you have mentioned. A large number of sites are not mobile friendly that means their readers do have to work a lot to read their stuff.
I feel one look at the analytics and they would know how much audience they are making unhappy.
Great post and a real eye opener.
Thanks :)
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4 Dee Ann Rice
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April 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Ashvini,

I agree with you Ashvini. I do not understand people who do not want to take a few minutes to add a really simple plugin.

I was amazed at my analytics. Most of my readers are using mobile devices. Of course I don’t have very good stats right now but I would not want to lose the readers I do have.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann
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5 Enstine Muki
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April 11, 2014 at 5:32 am

Hi Dee Ann,
I really don’t use mobile phones to read or write posts for the simple reason that the keypad makes me lazy. Like you, typing on that small thing is what I don’t like ;) but I understand from my Google Analytics that people read my posts using their mobile phones. I used to go with WPtouch too but my current theme is responsive and serves the purpose.

Thanks for helping your readers sort out an issue neglected by ;)
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6 Dee Ann Rice
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June 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Enstine,

It is good that your theme works well with mobile phones.

I am gone alot so end up reading lots of posts on my phone but if I am going to write anything I will usually throw in a blue tooth keyboard. That makes writing comments much easier.

Sorry I am so lake replying to your comment. I have had several family issues that have drawn me away form my blog. I am hopeing to be back now.

I look forward to visiting your blog soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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7 Prakash April 12, 2014 at 3:55 am

Yes you are right Instead of using Computer all the time for surfing net I use my phone. So if the site is mobile friendly then it is good to read the content, but if it is not then we have to do some extra effort for reading.
Wp-Touch is a nice plugin I use this plugin for most of my sites.
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8 Dee Ann Rice
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April 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Prakash,

It is very hard to read a post on a site that is not mobile friendly. I have stopped going to some sites because they are so hard to read.

I love that plugin. It is so easy to install and use. I have it on all of my sites.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Dee Ann
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9 Jeevan Jacob John April 16, 2014 at 8:07 am

Hey Dee Ann,

I don’t read blog posts on my phone; I usually limit it to just social media networking.

Reply to tweets, network with others and so forth. I think it’s more viable for me (takes less than 2-3 mins to do it; I usually do it when I travel from one class to other. Reading a post will take a lot more time).

As for blog phone compatibility, I do use WP touch and it works fine, for the most part.

Just checked it, and it doesn’t work anymore, at least not on my phone. I am using a Windows phone with a beta version of the operating system, so it might not be my fault, but I need to confirm that.

Yeah, it’s the phone’s fault. Checked it with your blog, and WPtouch doesn’t show up. Hopefully, Microsoft will fix that, before they roll out the new version of the OS to regular users.

As for Pop-ups on phone, I think bloggers should try to restrict pop-ups to desktop users; not sure if pop up plugins come with that feature. Well, there are tons of pop up plugins, so there is bound to be at least one that allows bloggers to do it :D

Anyways, thank you for the awesome post, Dee Ann :) Hope you are well!
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10 Dee Ann Rice
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June 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Jeevan,

I can see where you would not have time to read posts if you are reading between classes. I on the other hand usually have a couple of hours so I will sit and read posts. I do not like to comment on the phone unless I have a keyboard with me though. It takes me forever to write a comment on a phone.

I just checked your blog and it works great on my phone. I have an iPhone. So the plugin must be working now.

Thank you for stopping by and commneting. I am sorry I have not replyed prior to this. I have had some very serious family issues that I had to attend to. They seem to be resolved now so I hope to be back now.

Thank you again.

Dee Ann
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11 maxwell ivey April 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Hi Dee Ann; I know there are many blind computer users who use iPhones and other smart phones like it is nothing. My new friend chelsea stark not only uses her iPhone like a champ but has a podcast to evaluate the accessibility of new apps on the iPhone and to teach other blind people how to use these apps. I just happen to have a mental block so far to using one myself. but i realize that especially in my niche of the amusement industry there is a higher than average reliance on tablets smart phones and computers using data cards or mobile hot spots. so while I don’t use a smart phone, i am concerned about whether or not my site, blog, and videos can be easily enjoyed on them. I would like to know what your experience has been visiting my site on your phone and how high a priority I should make of installing wp touch mobile? thanks for sharing the plug in and for reminding us of the importance of mobile access to our content. take care my friend, max
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12 Dee Ann Rice
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June 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Max,

Well I am finally getting back here to relpy to your comment. My son had some very serious health issues that I had to attend to so I was gone for a couple of months. He seems to be healthy now so I think I am back.

You asked me way back when I wrote this post is you blog looked ok on a phone. I don’t know if I ever answered you or not at that time. I just looked at your blog on my iPhone though and it looks good. Not sure if you are using the plugin at this point or not but either way it looks ok.

Thank you for your comment and again I am sorry for the very lake reply.

Dee Ann
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13 maxwell ivey June 10, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Hi Dee Ann given what you have ben going through I’m surprised you remembered what anyone wrote two months ago. I do appreciate you taking the time to look at my site. one of the few things I always obsess about is whether or not my site is visually appealing. Now, I just need to find a friend who has an android. so glad to hear you and your son are doing better. take care, max
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14 Ashley Faulkes April 22, 2014 at 5:59 am

Hi Dee Ann
It is indeed a horrible thing.
I sometimes read things on my phone and if they are too small (not optimized) – goodbye!
As a web developer and designer I have the good fortune of being able to solve my own problems with my site and design it to be responsive, the ideal solution to mobiles and other devices. It is of course a hard task with so many resolutions and browsers (and devices – phew out of breath). But it is usually worth the effort.

I only get about 25% traffic from mobile, but this is also worth checking. Sometimes a simpler solution as you have chosen, is the best path.

thanks for reminding the public to fix their sites!
ashley
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15 Dee Ann Rice
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June 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Ashley,

I am very late with my reply to your comment on this post. I am sorry about this. About the time I wrote this post I found out that my son was very sick and possibly dieing. I have not been around much since then. I have tried to write a few posts but have not replyed to comments. My son is not healthy, only because of a miraculous healing, so I am back and intend to catch up on my blogging.

I am with you when it comes to reading post on my phone that are so small I can not see the letters. I hate that and the pop ups. I think I can put up with the other drawbacks but I do not read posts that I have to struggle to read.

Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. I appologize again for not replying sooner.

Dee Ann
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