Baton Rouge Home Appraisal Blog: Ensuring My Real Estate Blog Is Mobile Friendly

 

Ensuring My Real Estate Blog Is Mobile Friendly!

 

Baton Rouge Home Appraisal Blog: Ensuring My Real Estate Blog Is Mobile FriendlyNear the end of December, I was shopping for a van online at the large, local multi-dealer All Star Automotive here in Baton Rouge.  While they have a fancy website on a desktop computer, their site didn’t work on my iPhone, which was disappointing because I was traveling a lot during the holidays.  I began to wonder just how my home appraisal blogs function on a mobile device.  So, I tried them out and most did function normally because I had installed the WPTouch plugin.  But, some of my sites looked better than others on my iPhone. 

 

 

 

 

This is one of my home appraisal blogs on my desktop computer http://www.homeappraisalsbatonrouge.com/

 

Baton Rouge Home Appraisal Blog: Ensuring My Real Estate Blog Is Mobile Friendly

 

 

This is that same blog and how it looks on my iPhone after spending time configuring WPTouch

NOTE: Notice that at the top of the page (on the left below) is my header or banner with my contact information, which is the very first thing the visitor sees.  I set it up this way intentionally because if their mobile experience isn’t fantastic, at least they have my contact information immediately.  

Baton Rouge Home Appraisal Blog: Ensuring My Real Estate Blog Is Mobile Friendly

 

 

 

WPTouch Looks Best On A Mobile Device Once Configured!

 In the past, I would just install the WPTouch plugin, activate it and I was done.  It’s no wonder why my sites looked plain on a mobile device.  This is what WPTouch makes your blog look like without much configuration – pretty boring.  The view above is what WPTouch looks like after configuration and making the customized “Home” page the default page.  So, the challenge becomes making your site mobile ready without having it look boring.  

 

Baton Rouge Home Appraisal Blog: Ensuring My Real Estate Blog Is Mobile Friendly

 

EXCEPTIONS!?  My friend and appraiser colleague, Ryan Lundquist with Lundquist Appraisal Blog in Sacramento CA, told me this past weekend that he’s not really that concerned with the mobile readiness issue since his blog looks and functions well on his Android Smart Phone.  And, Ryan is correct that his site below looks great and functions well on my iPhone.  On both of our sites, we’re using the WordPress “Neo-Classical 2 Column Theme“, which is a simpler, less complicated theme to build and operate.

 

Baton Rouge Home Appraisal Blog: Ensuring My Real Estate Blog Is Mobile Friendly

 

 

My friends, Alison and Orlando Masis with The Appraisal IQ in Austin TX, host http://theappraisaliq.com/, a more intense Enterprise Child Theme from Studiopress.com and it looks and functions well on my iPhone in 2011.  In my opinion, their blog is the best Home Appraisal Blog in the U.S. artistically.  See photos below. 

 

Baton Rouge Home Appraisal Blog: Ensuring My Real Estate Blog Is Mobile Friendly

 

 

And, it seems that the simpler WordPress themes function better on mobile devices without the WPTouch plugin.   The sites with lots of flash and java script are most challenging for mobile devices and that’s where the WPTouch or WPTouch Pro plugin may be helpful. 

Also, there’s the WordPress Mobile Pack  and WordPress Mobile Edition plugins as well that may help.   I haven’t tried the Mobile Edition yet and am not really sold on the look of the Mobile Pack.  This is my http://www.batonrougedivorceappraisals.com/ mobile look on my iphone.

 

Baton Rouge Home Appraisal Blog: Ensuring My Real Estate Blog Is Mobile Friendly

 

 

It’s time to begin thinking and taking action to make your sites mobile ready.  It’s 2011 and people have a low tolerance for those that don’t keep up.  I was on a major internet marketer’s blog site yesterday and was frustrated this his video wouldn’t play on my iPhone.  It wouldn’t even play on in my specific flash video player app, Skyfire.  When a person has an interest in your product or service, be sure they can view your offering on a mobile device!

And, would you have any tips for me making my sites better mobile ready?  I’d really appreciate your tips or opinions.  Bill Cobb 

 

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About Bill Cobb, Appraiser

The Baton Rouge Residential Appraisal Blog is an information source provided by local Home Appraiser, Bill Cobb, and Accurate Valuations Group. Bill has 24 years experience as a Baton Rouge Residential Home Appraiser and updates his local network of sites weekly with reports, videos and audio reviews of local housing market conditions! 225-293-1500