Mobile theme gets a facelift
If you use our default mobile theme, you’ve noticed that we recently gave it a new design. We’ve also added two new options to the theme to give you more control over your mobile site’s appearance.
(Not using the mobile theme yet? To activate it go to Appearance → Mobile and select “Enable mobile theme.”)
Open Sans font
A major goal of the redesign was to make the mobile theme even easier to read on your mobile devices. We’ve updated the font to Open Sans, the standard typeface across WordPress.com. Open Sans is elegant and modern, and it offers an excellent mobile reading experience.
Aside from the font, we brightened up the blue (it’s now the standard WordPress.com blue), and moved the menu and search box to the very top of the screen. This leaves more room for what’s important — your content.
Does your static front page look blank on the mobile theme? It doesn’t have to anymore. You can now tell the mobile theme to always display posts on the front page. Just go to Appearance → Mobile and select “Always show posts on the front page.”
We’ve also made it easier for you to control the appearance of your header. The mobile theme honors the color you’ve selected for your Custom Header at Appearance → Header. However, some header text colors are too light to read against the mobile theme’s white background. Now, you can turn off the custom header color just for the mobile view. Go to Appearance → Mobile and select “Turn off the Custom Header text color? (select “Yes” to use the mobile theme’s default black header text color).”
If your site lives on WordPress.com, the updated mobile theme is already available to you. There is nothing to download, just turn it on at Appearance → Mobile.
However, for those of you who are running a self-hosted WordPress.org site, you can access many cool WordPress.com features — including the mobile theme — through our Jetpack plugin. The freshly updated mobile theme is available with the latest Jetpack release, so grab yourself a copy and take it for a spin.
Many of our themes are already responsive, with layouts that adjust gracefully to smaller screen sizes. If you’re not using one of our responsive themes and you want to optimize your site for mobile viewing, give the mobile theme a try. Most of all, have fun!