With smartphones and tablet computers continuing to consume a lot of people’s online time, it’s become important that website owners remember that not everyone is viewing their site on a huge desktop screen. Since mobile computing is an ideal platform for viewing images, photo bloggers in particular should make sure their websites are customized when viewed on a smaller device. WordPress has gradually increased its inclusion of the mobile computing audience, and with the latest version 3.8 have reached a new level of responsiveness.
The new theme included with WP 3.8, which is a magazine format type, also is ideal for photo bloggers. Additionally, there are a number of themes you can get for free in the WP repository that are specifically designed to be responsive themes that have a customized format when viewed on a mobile device. Here’s a closer look at the 2014 theme as well as a couple of other responsive theme examples.
The new theme included with the latest version of WordPress displays your posts in a magazine-like format. And for those posts designated as Images, you can have them appear separately on your sidebar.
When viewed on a smartphone, your posts appear in a scrollable list. When you scroll further down, your sidebar images appear. If you click on one of your image posts, your photo appears perfectly formatted for your phone screen.
The Aspen WP Theme by Bruce Wampler is another nice option for photo bloggers. When you browse the site on a larger screen, your image posts are displayed in a clean, professional format.
Browsing from a smartphone, you get the same type of clean look—but formatted very nicely for the small screen. You can then scroll down further to view your other posts—again with each formatted specifically for your mobile device.
The Weaver II also by Bruce Wampler is yet another responsive theme ideal for photo bloggers. The layout is similar to Aspen on a bigger screen.
And when viewed on a mobile device, your post is again nicely formatted for the reduced screen space. A nice feature with Weaver II is that it also gives the user the option to view the full screen version of your website on your mobile device.
There are also a number of other good sources for responsive WordPress photo blog themes. StudioPress has a bunch of photo themes that look great. However, the above themes are a great start to switching to a responsive WP theme—and they won’t cost your extra money.