May 222015
 

In the last few months Google has started penalizing for website mobility issues which will affect your search engine rankings. If you have Webmaster Tools, you can view the errors by logging into your account. Depending on the type of website you have, the problems can range from being very easy to fix to being numerous and difficult. In this blog post, I will cover how to correct mobility issues with WordPress which fortunately is fairly easy.

Google Mobility Issues

Google Mobility Issues

The first thing you will want to do is make sure your WordPress version is updated along with your theme and plugins. As a side note you should be doing this anyway for security reasons. Many WordPress themes will be mobile friendly, but not all of them, so once you’ve updated your version, you’ll want to login to Webmaster Tools and check some specific pages.

Under Search Traffic click on Mobile Usability. Next click on one of the error(s) from the list, and then click on a specific url. On the popup click number 1 (Check live version). Hopefully you’ll receive the following message that your page is now mobile friendly.

Mobile Friendly Test

Mobile Friendly Test

If your page(s) is still having mobile issues, then the next step would be to add a mobile theme plugin like WP Touch or Jetpack. You’ll probably end up adding a mobile plugin anyway, but it’s good practice to go ahead and update everything anyway. Once you’ve added a mobile plugin theme, check in Webmaster Tools, and you’ll most likely find the page is now mobile friendly.

And that’s it. Follow these easy steps to fix any WordPress mobility issues so you don’t have to worry about search engine ranking penalties.