While I was busy not doing anything online, the Internet kept evolving. The other day I was browsing around (when I really should have been doing homework) and I discovered my sites are dinosaurs. I sort of knew they were dinosaurs, but didn’t want to take the time to bring them up to date.
They are dinosaurs not so much because of old content (although I do have a fare share of that). It’s the WordPress themes I use. My themes are not responsive. While I was asleep at the wheel, the Internet got responsive.
For old timers like me who still use laptops and communicate via telephones (not cell) and email, responsive is the Internet’s answer to mobile devices. Viewing a website with an iPad, iPod, Android, Kindle or Nook is a much different experience than viewing with a wide laptop or desktop screen. As such, the website software must respond on the fly to the various width/height dimension of the devices. In other words, it must be responsive.
If you use these devices, you know what I’m talking about. NJFM, for instance is a nightmare on a small device. You’ve got to scroll all the way over to the right or left in order to view the entire screen. Personally, I would click away and go elsewhere instead of wasting my time scrolling from side to side. Scrolling up and down is normal; side-to-side is an annoyance.
If you don’t use small devices, take a stroll over to www.responsinator.com and put NJFM’s address in the website box. You’ll see what I’m talking about.
Solution to my Non Responsive Sites
Back in 2010 I purchased a blogging template called Thesis. Thesis is a responsive WordPress theme and will resolve my lack of response issue.
I used it here for a short time on NJFM. I had mixed feelings about it. Back then I was blogging more frequently and felt the more bells and whistles on a page, the better. My blogging philosophy has changed. I’m falling into the “simple is better” school of thought.
Anyway, I dusted off my old copy of Thesis and decided to start using it on one of my smaller infrequently used blogs. Fortunately, if you buy Thesis, you’re entitled to a lifetime of updates. So I downloaded the latest version and started playing around.
Thesis is not for everyone. There are better and easier themes out there (like Genesis or Catalyst), but since I already had Thesis, I’m using it.
In the short time that I’ve been playing around, I totally ruined one blog (had to back it up, reinstall WordPress and then reinstall the theme), sent another blog to the emergency room, and finally converted another blog into an acceptably responsive state.
Biggest for Last
NJFM will be the last blog that I convert. With over 600 posts I have plenty of room to cause serious damage. Actually converting a blog with Thesis isn’t so bad. I added a few unnecessary steps, which caused problems. All in all, now that I’ve got the hang of it, it should be smooth sailing from here on out.
BTW, how responsive are your blogs?