The world is ruled by smartphones. The proof of the mobile phone’s impact on everything is written in stone.
Nowadays more people browse the internet through their mobile devices instead of their computers.
This has taught us that a mobile-friendly design is critical to every website. Think of this as something necessary to keep pace with the modern era.
So what happens when you add your business phone number in your WordPress website?
Nearly all of the newest phone models will be able to immediately identify a phone number but this only happens if you use the correct format and order:
“<Country Code> <(Area Code) > <Local Number >”
However, some phones don’t identify phone numbers in all the formats available. A lot of people still use mobile phones from more than five years ago, so there’s a good chance the phone numbers on their screen will not be clickable, even if they are formatted correctly.
This scenario could easily become a headache. Even if you’ve done a great job with your fantastic site enticing people to call you, chances are that they won’t if they have to write, copy, or type in your number.
Before you start losing impatient customers who aren’t interested in math, you should get your website ready for every user who is shopping your store through a mobile device.
Add Clickable Phone Numbers for Easier Contact
You don’t need to install additional plugins if you’re only going to add one clickable phone number to your website.
All you need to do is add some HTML code into a simple line. It’s very similar to adding a regular link. Let’s do a little test:
First, use Text Editor to open a new post or use the following code in a template:
<a href=”tel://+15551234567″>+1 (555) 123-4567</a>
Second, copy and paste the code with your phone number
Finally, publish, save or preview your post
Some years ago desktop browsers weren’t able to recognize phone numbers differently than a link, they would refuse to budge and even display an error message.
This issue has been resolved, and the TEL protocol can be used in any modern browser today. Desktop computers will open Skype to call, and smartphones will open the phone app to start the call or save a new contact.
Alternatively, customers might also use cloud-based phone apps like Globfone to get in touch with you.
Take Advantage of Skype Call
Imagine you have a customer who wants to decide if they want to go for a regular phone call or a Skype chat. Rest easy; you just need to tweak the settings for the network protocol and use the CALLTO protocol.
<a href=”callto://+15551234567″>+1 (555) 123-4567</a>
When choosing Skype, customers will be able to call you by using your username.
Start Texting via SMS
Text messages are a great way to keep in touch with your customers and you can set up a link for them to just click and send you a text. It’s simple enough; just edit the protocol.
Unfortunately, this link won’t work on a desktop computer. Thus, you should give your visitors some indication that your link will only send a text message or use it exclusively when they are viewing your site in a responsive mode.
<a href=”sms://+15551234567″> Send SMS to +1 (555) 123-4567</a>
Install a Free ‘Call Now’ Plugin
A lot of businesses depend on phone calls, so adding a clickable phone number on your site is always a smart idea.
To keep your mobile visitors engaged, think about adding a phone number button to the site. It is fortunate that among all the amazing WordPress plugins, there is a free one that can assist you in achieving this.
Using Call now button WordPress Plugin
This plugin is free and easy to download, install, and use. It takes only seconds to install, activate, and configure.
The only thing you’ll have to do after installing it is put in your phone number, pick a color, and choose where you want the button to go.
You can either use a left or right call now button, or you can have a fully-featured button at the bottom to draw attention to your new feature.
Using the plugin, you can track phone calls by creating an event for each click by associating your website with a Google Analytics account. It’s a straightforward process: before using Google Analytics, leave the plugin to do its work for at least 24 hours.
You can hide a button entirely if you include the ID of the post or page in the settings. That’s all there is to it. Set the last option to be blank if you want to display the button on all WordPress pages.
It’s pretty simple to make clickable phone numbers, and it’s a process that resembles how we create other items in WordPress. This article is meant to aid you in making your own.
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