In 2010, 8% of the users visiting my website came via a mobile device.
In 2011, that increased to 11%. In the past six months, that number is 13%.
In the past month? That number jumps to 18%. Safe to say the era of mobile is here. And oh, of that final number, 47% of them visited me on an iPhone.
And tracking my podcasts, the numbers of people listening and downloading them via a smart phone are growing fast.
So…what to do?
Well, if your website is WordPress based, it is time to do something about it. (Well, even if you aren’t WordPress based, it is time to do something about it. You had better ask your webmaster about it).
As of last week, I have uploaded WPTouch to ALL my client’s WordPress blogs.
Said simply, WPTouch makes it easy for people to view your website on their smartphone. Gone are the days when a full-sized website appears in your little window, and you need Superman-ish vision to read the content.
WPTouch solves that problem. In fact, I waited too long to make this move. According to Google Analytics, the bounce rate is higher for iPhones than for iPads, because it was obviously hard to view my website on a small iPhone than a larger iPad.
WPTouch is a simple plug-in that you can install on your WordPress for FREE. Learn more about it here.
So, if you’ve ever gone to a website on your smartphone, and gave up because the text was too small, or you couldn’t find what you were looking for, WPTouch might be just for you…
Remember, please keep your customer in mind when deciding whether installing this plug-in is for you. Imagine, for a moment, the customer driving to find your retail location, and pulling off the side of the road to pull up your website to get a phone number or directions… Don’t you want them to easily find what they are looking for?
I thought so…
And if you have other tools, plug-ins and apps that enhance the mobile experience of your WordPress website, please share in the comments!
[time get get intrepiddy with me!]
[photo from flickr]
[disclaimer: there is such a thing as WPTouch Pro, which is the next level tool. I have not used it, and cannot tell you anything about it.]