Google is already testing its new Mobile-First index. Since they will roll out the new Mobile-First index in 2018, you must prepare for that. If not, you will lose organic traffic. The good news is, since you run a WordPress site, your theme probably uses responsive design. Responsive design is perfectly good for mobile websites. Even Google recommends using responsive design. Nevertheless, this is not everything you have to take in mind with the new Mobile-First index.
Mobile First SEO for WordPress
In the following list, I will explain you some main points you must take in mind when preparing for the Mobile-First index.
- Mobile-First design is not simply responsive design. It is also smaller stylesheets with fewer declarations. Take in mind that smartphone users often donÂ´t have access to fast internet. Huge stylesheets take a lot of time to load. Therefore, write smaller ones.
- Mobile-First design declares images the size they get downloaded on mobile devices and not on desktops. Images are the biggest packages to load. Make sure those packages are not bigger as needed.
- Mobile-First design in general has less code than a desktop website. Less code means less space for errors and of course less time to loaded.
- Mobile-First design must make sure that websites load fast, even if the mobile device has low bandwidth.
As you see, mobile first is much more than responsive design. A huge issue of mobile first is the pagespeed. Pagespeed will become even more important for SEO than it is right now.
How to select a mobile first WordPress Theme?
Basically every WordPress theme is responsive. But as you know by now, this is not enough. I recommend you to test every theme before you use it. It is not only about the design. Consider pagespeed as the most important factor, behind responsive design. Badly coded themes slow down your website.