Is Your Website Mobile Device Ready? Introducing the SmallBiz 3.5 WordPress Theme

by on December 26, 2010 · 12 comments

Mobile touch-enabled WordPress themeAccording to Google, traffic from mobile devices and smart phones like iPhone, iPad and Android is exploding. And 50% of the searches from these devices is for local goods and services.

We’re very excited to announce the SmallBiz 3.5 – a new version of the SmallBiz WordPress Theme packed with new features, including:

  • Mobile Landing Pages – Serve special touch-enabled layout automatically when mobile a device is detected. Including iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) and Android devices.
  • Fully customization navigation menus – New CSS Based alternative navigation menu with color chooser
  • New color schemes – 3 New graphical color schemes
  • New Layout- New “Classic Video” page layout due to popular demand!

Mobile, Touch-Enabled Layouts

We’ve found that the most common actions that people are looking to take when they look your business up on their mobile device are:

1) Call you with questions or for an appointment
2) Get a map and directions to your business

So we’ve created a touch-enabled landing page that you can activate and customize. This page will be displayed automatically to anyone viewing your website on a mobile device.

Here’s a screenshot of a SmallBiz mobile-enabled landing page on an iPhone:

Mobile WordPress Theme - SmallBiz

The mobile landing pages are touch enabled

Once activated, the mobile layouts are served automatically to any smart phone or mobile device that visits your website. The viewer can still view your site in its original format if they wish.

When someone visits your website on a mobile device, they can call you or get a map and directions with just one touch!

Fully Customizable Navigation Menus

In this release we’ve also made the look and feel of the navigation menus completely customizable from within the SmallBiz Options panel. If you don’t like the nav menus that come with the color schemes, now you can completely customize the colors and styles.

Custom CSS Nav Menus for WordPress Themes

You’ll find this new capability in the SmallBiz Options panel:

Custom WordPress Nav menu options

Custom WordPress Nav menu options

New Color Schemes

There are three new color schemes in this release, bringing the total out of the box color schemes to 7. You can still create your own custom color schemes as well.

SmallBiz WordPress theme new color schemes

SmallBiz WordPress theme new color schemes

New Video Layout

By popular demand, we’ve also added a new layout that features a video on the home page. It’s just like the “Classic” SmallBiz theme layout, but features a video on the home page instead of a picture. This brings the total layouts that come with the theme to 7.

SmallBiz WordPress theme layouts

There are now 7 layouts in the SmallBiz Theme

Download it now!

As you can tell, we’re very excited about this release, and I hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed making it!

If you are an existing SmallBiz customer, you’ve already received an e-mail in your inbox with the new version. If you don’t have the SmallBiz WordPress theme yet, you should get it here!

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Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning December 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I posted this here http://roof-cleaning-institute.activeboard.com/index.spark?aBID=123190&p=3&topicID=40131880
I thought it was pretty important, but was unable to post the Video.

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Don Campbell December 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Hey thanks Chris,
I’m not sure why the YouTube videos can’t be embedded in your forums. Have you been able to embed other YouTube videos there?

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Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning December 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Yes, go embed it, it works, just being lazy. I will call u this week. I have a server I can set the new system up on. I really like the mobile idea, my kids all have smart phones ( Samsung and Evo’s) and they do mobile searches all the time on a 4G network.

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Bruce Sullivan December 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Don:

Chris stays on top of things on the forum. I have downloaded the update but haven’t open it. Not sure how to update after opening. Do have a link for such?

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Don Campbell January 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hi Bruce,
Yes – Chris is the man!
Here’s how to update the theme: Updating your theme.

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John Roberts December 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Hey Don, I love this new mobile outlook. Check out my site works great on both the web and my sprint Htc Evo. I still have to make the other pages through. Again for the other designers, coders keep up the great work. So check my site out on both the web and phone. http://www.autorepairdoctors.com ……

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Don Campbell December 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Thanks John!

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Darrin April 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

Hey John,
Great website and the mobile site looks good too. Just one thing, there is no picture of you on your site. Under your About page you should have your picture, so the people know who you are when you show up to fix their car.

Darrin

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Don Campbell December 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

@Bruce,
Here are some instructions on how to update a WordPress Theme.

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Joan January 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm

This is awesome!!! All I can say is Wow!

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dax February 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Nice post, that is really impressive. Don just asked how to update a wordpress theme, my question is what is the best way to backup all your files besides doing it manually weekly? Is there a good plugin you know of?

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Jason Knouse August 19, 2011 at 2:07 am

Hey Don –

Great and timely post! We’re customizing mobile websites for non-WP clients and was thrilled to see you support data on how crucial mobile presence is for all businesses – and only growing.

Quick question on the theme…are you offering a multi-site price? I’d like to add it to my offerings for WP clients – never been thrilled with WP mobile themes, especially for local businesses – but yours hits the mark!

With gratitude, respect & much Aloha,
Jason L. Knouse
Managing Partner
Indaflo Local Marketing | Moving your local business in’da flo of today’s customers.

Local SEO, mobile web & social media strategy

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