Using a Responsive WordPress Theme

If you are unfamiliar with web design or setting up a blog using WordPress, then the term, Responsive Web Design, might also be unfamiliar.

Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a method of constructing a web page or site to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience for the user.  Using RWD techniques, the resulting website should be easy to navigate and require a minimal amount of resizing, panning, and scrolling across a wide variety of screen sizes – from desktop computer monitors to tablets to mobile devices.

Using a responsive theme will also improve the search rankings for your blog as it is more advantageous to the user.

When choosing a theme for your new or revamped WordPress blog, start by searching for themes that are “responsive”.  Once the new theme has been downloaded and installed (or to check a theme currently in use), you might be able to find a setting that confirms the responsive capability of the theme.

For example, the theme I currently use has a switch that allows  the responsiveness of the site to be turned on or off.  In WordPress, try selecting Appearance, then Theme Options, and General.

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Make sure Responsive Layout is turned on.  Congratulations!  You’ve taken the first step towards providing a pleasing user experience and increasing the chances of your site being found in a search!

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