The newbie on the WPMU Dev team with a bent for hacking WordPress, content management and online media.

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6 Steps To Optimizing Your WordPress Site For Mobile Devices

It’s tempting to think that catering for your mobile audience is as simple as installing a responsive theme.

Even if your theme does look good on a mobile device (and there’s plenty that do), there’s still plenty more you can, in fact, should, do to optimize your mobile visitors’ experience.

Here’s 6 steps to delivering the perfect mobile WordPress experience.

WordPress logo in an iPhone in landscape and an iPhone in portrait

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Roadmap, Features, to Keep WordPress Awesome

WordPress has been at the forefront of publishing disruption by bringing smart, easy, capable, industrial-strength publishing to anyone and everyone. That’s why we love it.

But if WordPress is to keep its mantle as the “people’s champion” then it has to respond as publishing and publishers’ needs evolve and the issue with the upcoming 4.0 major release (like many before it) is that there’s precious few signs of what might lie ahead.

Where is the roadmap? What features or capabilities could future WordPress releases include? How will WordPress maintain its position as the world’s favourite online publishing tool?

A long straight highway with a WordPress logo at the end.

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Free WordPress Themes Are Stunning, Awesome, Impressive, So Why Buy One?

Blogs such as this one are about one thing: creating an audience to sell to. And to do that you need posts that get traffic.

The analytics for the first six months of 2014 for this blog throw up some interesting results, interesting dilemmas and a key question.

Are those that write about WordPress driving the free mentality of WordPress users by continuously telling readers how great, awesome, super, impressive and stunning free is?

Tag cloud made from the top 100 post titles

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How To Build A Mobile WordPress Theme, And Why You Should

There are 5 reasons why you need to build a theme specifically for visitors to your WordPress site. And already having a responsive theme is one of them.

Truth is that most responsive themes provide a second-rate mobile experience and as mobile becomes the dominant device for accessing the web, your traffic is going to suffer.

Whilst you can get plugins that will help you create a mobile theme, let me show you how to take complete control of your visitor’s mobile experience by building your very own custom mobile theme.

Four screenshots of the mobile theme running on an iPhone

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Go Semantic For More Responsive And Flexible WordPress Images and Embeds

Quite a chunk of the HTML output of your WordPress site comes not from your theme but from the bowels of the WordPress core.

A combination of WordPress’ age and a necessary requirement for backwards compatibility, some of that markup is decidedly old-fashioned.

If you want truly responsive and flexible images and embeds, you need to get modern and semantic.

Tag cloud of image related markup

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