The Mobile Theme is a feature specially designed to maximize the theme performance on mobile devices.
Mobile devices are evolving at the speed of light, becoming smaller and faster each day. The key to the digital user experience is in your hands as visitors are searching for information and expect fast page loading speed & fresh content. This is the ultimate challenge: making mobile experiences as fast and rewarding as the desktop ones. We took all these aspects back to the design board and solved them by creating the new Mobile Theme feature.
The mobile browsing experience is often frustrating. The causes are multiple: slow page loading speed, a small text which is hard to read, low-quality images, banners blocking the content, buttons that are too close to each other making it impossible to tap on the desired one, and so on. We decided to put an end to this mess and, for this, we built the “Mobile theme.”
How does it work?
The Mobile Theme is a lighter, performance optimized template included in the Newspaper package and it loads ONLY on mobile devices. The Mobile theme comes with its own templates for pages, posts, categories, and more.
We have carefully tuned each template to offer optimal performance and excellent user experience. The posts come in a predefined, clean format including all the features available on the main theme. On the homepage, for example, it automatically renders a grid that contains featured posts and a latest posts section.
The theme doesn’t require any other plugin and ensures maximum performance. Once activated, a new administration panel becomes available in the Theme Panel area to allow you to customize various parameters for the “Mobile theme.”
Caching: The Mobile Theme works fine with WP Super Cache plugin. For more details on how to set the plugin visit the Cache plugin – install and configure page.
You can install and activate the plugin in the Theme Panel under the Plugins section
For Homepage, the “Mobile Theme” comes with a single predefined page template that includes two sections:
- top grid – displays 3 featured posts (posts included in the Featured Category)
- latest articles – shows the latest articles
This template appears only if a Static Page is used. You can check out the page settings in the WordPress Admin panel Settings->Reading section.
How to add images, custom HTML or text?
You can bring these elements inside the Mobile Editor by editing the page.
On the front-end, the custom elements appear between the Top Grid and the Latest Articles section.
Regular pages – The content of custom pages (ex. Contact Us page), present on the desktop version of Newspaper theme, does not appear on the “Mobile theme.” The mobile version comes with an editor and gives you the possibility to add content that’s specially designed for mobiles. This offers you the opportunity to display the same content in two different ways, one optimized for desktops and another for mobiles.
Page builder elements – For optimal performance, we removed the page builder dependency. You cannot use the page builder elements for the “Mobile theme” pages. If you want to display the same elements on both mobile and desktop, don’t use the mobile theme. Your website built on Newspaper theme will still look awesome on mobiles due to its responsive design. The Mobile Theme enhances the small screen user experience, but it is optional.
The Mobile Theme Settings:
Once the plugin is installed a new tab called “Mobile Theme” shows up in the Newspaper -> Theme Panel area. The options allow you to customize the look and functionality of the mobile theme.
- AMP settings – activate the AMP support.
- The main menu – select the main menu
- Footer menu – select the sub-footer menu
- Show sign in / join – choose if you want to display or hide the user register/login area, it will appear in the main menu panel
- Accent color – theme main color which applies to various elements
- Color settings for the main menu, footer, and sub-footer areas
- Ad title – set a title, this appears on top of each ad (optional – by default no title is displayed)
- General ads – general predefined ad spots, just add the code to the section
- Article ads – predefined article/single ad spots, add the code to the desired area
- Title length – set the title excerpt length for modules used by the theme (1 and 2)
- CSS – use this panel to add custom CSS modifications
- HTML – add custom HTML elements, they will appear at the page bottom
Now AMP is integrated into the mobile theme plugin for faster results and can benefit from all of the mobile theme functionality on your AMP pages. All of the mobile theme settings are now AMP compatible. The settings available in the mobile theme will transform your AMP pages into beautiful layouts. Please read our AMP Tutorial to see how to activate AMP on the mobile theme
The Mobile Theme is an optional functionality you can activate to enhance the small screen user experience on your website. This feature gives you the possibility to customize the mobile appearance while optimizing the performance. What makes the Mobile Theme so hot is that it’s automatically optimizing your website. Easy to install and use with stunning results. If you haven’t tried it yet, now it’s a perfect time!