WordPress powers the majority of websites on the internet and it is absolutely essential now in 2015 to have a responsive WordPress website. In this post we have collected the best free WordPress plugins which will help you build a responsive website which is mobile-friendly too.
In case you haven’t already understood the importance of a responsive and mobile friendly website, we request you to take the time to read our post on the need of responsive design in 2015. Once you have understood the importance, the following WordPress plugins will help you reach towards a responsive design website.
WordPress Plugins for Responsive Websites
You can learn more about these plugins and find the link to download them by tapping on the plugin names or the plugin screenshot provided below:
1. WPtouch Mobile Plugin
WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically enables a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors of your WordPress website. The theme also includes the ability for visitors to switch between the theme on your mobile WordPress website and your website’s regular theme.
2. Jetpack by WordPress.com
Jetpack adds powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools. It’s Mobile theme feature offers instant and customizable lightweight responsive theme designed for phones and tablets.
3. WordPress Mobile Pack
WordPress Mobile Pack allows you to ‘package’ your existing content into a cross-platform mobile web application. It empower bloggers, publishers and other content creators to go beyond responsiveness and ‘appify’ the content of their blog.
4. WP Mobile Edition
This plugin is a complete toolkit to mobilize your WordPress site. It has a mobile switcher and Mobile themes. Fully optimized for the best performance on smartphones, compatible with: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone. Simple and easy to use: An Intuitive setting page gives you complete control.
5. Any Mobile Theme Switcher
This Plugin detects mobile browser and display the theme as the setting done from admin. Useful for switch to Mobile Theme. You can select a different mobile theme for each mobile browser.
6. Mobile Smart
The Mobile Smart plugin allows your WordPress site to switch your theme if a user visits it using a mobile device, plus adds template tags to help you. Device support includes iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 6 & 7, Symbian, and many more.
7. Post Script Responsive Images
This plugin modifies “the_content()” and the post thumbnail function by re-rendering the images with use of the SRCSET attribute. Other plugins do this for templated images, but not in the content region itself. This plugin will allow for on-the-fly image resizing to the new size needed, and will automatically work with any previously uploaded images as well.
8. Easy Responsive Shortcodes
This plugin provides a full set of easy-to-use shortcodes for creating columns, buttons, tabs, icons, and much more. It’s been designed especially for use in responsive themes, but should work fine in any theme, whether responsive or not. It’s also fully Retina-display ready, and search engine optimized. The plugin is designed to be fast, easy, and lightweight, and does not bring along any massive frameworks like Bootstrap that slow down your site.
9. FV WordPress Flowplayer
FV WordPress Flowplayer WordPress plugin is a free, easy-to-use, and complete solution for embedding responsive videos into your posts or pages. With MP4 videos, FV WordPress Flowplayer offers 98% coverage even on mobile devices. Supports responsive design, HTML5, playlists, ads, stats, Vimeo, YouTube.
10. Mobile Navigation
A responsive fullscreen mobile menu navigation. Activate it for your custom made theme to save some time.
11. Mobile Previewer
Mobile Previewer adds a responsive preview for logged in users. On hover, the frame is resized to show more detail. The preview window will scroll automatically when the normal view is scrolled. This is a great plugin both to keep the editors aware of how the content may vary on different devices and help theme developers view the site in different sizes at once without having to resize the browser.
12. WP Responsive Menu
WordPress Responsive Menu plugin will help you to get a cool, highly customizable mobile menu plugin. Using this plugin you can easily convert your wordpress menu to a great, elegant looking sliding menu for all mobile devices.
Utilizing a plugin is not the only way to add responsiveness to your WordPress blog. A responsive theme can make your WordPress website mobile-freindly and wouldn’t require using additional plugins to switch between different themes. We recommend choosing one of our great selection of free responsive WordPress themes.
Before you go, you should check out this Full Value of Mobile from Google. Don’t forget to share and leave your feedback.