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With WordPress, you basically have three main routes you can choose to follow: use a responsive theme, use a theme switcher that serves up different themes depending on the device used, or use a plug-in that serves up a custom experience for mobile users. In this course will be looking at using a responsive theme, and through the course, I'll teach you how to build not responsive theme. If you ask me, using a responsive theme is the best solution to deal with the mobile issue. If you don't want to use a responsive theme, the second-best option is to use a mobile theme switcher plug-in and have a custom mobile theme that you can use instead.
What you see here on the desktop screen is a site I built for a company called Better Outcomes Consulting in Vancouver. On the Desktop it looks like a phone, but if you look at it on a cell phone, you only see the middle part, so it looks like an application instead. What you're seeing here is the result of using a theme switcher plug-in. So when you on a desktop you get one theme, and when you're on a cell phone you get a different theme. The last option you have is to use a mobile plug-in. The most popular mobile plug-in is one called WPtouch.
It gives you a customized mobile experience when you use mobile devices. The problem with this approach is that this mobile experience looks nothing like your main web site. You can customize it a bit to make it look more like your custom web site, but the mobile experience will always be a custom mobile experience. Deciding if you want a responsive theme, if you want a custom theme for mobile devices, or if you want to use a mobile plug-in is the first step on your path to creating a mobile-ready WordPress web site.
In this course, we will focus on creating responsive themes. If you're looking for a plug-and-play solution, check out the WordPress mobile solution's course right here in the lynda.com online training library.
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