Feb
09

Make Your WordPress Blog Mobile Friendly in 5 Easy Steps

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palm Treo 755p

I think the mobile market is vastly under served by web sites. I am constantly amazed at how many web sites do not have a mobile optimized site. There are so many people using their phones to surf the web these days that one would think more sites would cater to them. A 2008 Nielsen survey reported an estimated 40 million mobile internet users in the United States alone. With the popularity of smartphones such as the iPhone, these numbers are sure to climb. The big dogs such as Google and Yahoo have very mobile friendly sites. I personally use my Treo 755p smartphone a lot and it is very frustrating to try to access sites that aren’t mobile friendly. Many times it is as simple as optimizing a few stylesheets to make a site more mobile friendly.

If you use WordPress as your blogging platform, there is a handy plugin that I ran across that makes optimizing your blog for mobile viewing a snap. The plugin is Alex King’s WordPress Mobile Edition and it is extremely easy to implement. It is slightly different from installing many plugins because you have to put a file in your themes directory and also activiate the plugin. The following directions are also included in the readme that comes with the plugin:

1. Download the plugin

2. Put the wp-mobile.php file in your wp-content/plugins directory

3. Put the wp-mobile directory in your wp-content/themes directory

4. Activate the WordPress Mobile Edition plugin within your WordPress admin plugins page

5. Presto! Your site is now mobile friendly.

The plugin basically just strips off all of the graphics and makes the blog text only. It is a very nice plugin and something any WordPress user should use. It is always annoying to me when I look at blogs on my phone and they take a long time to load. All I want to see is the text and a lot of unceccesary files load with it.

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Categories : Tech, WordPress

Comments

  1. Ed says:

    As an iPhone user, I am generally disappointed by the mobile “optimized” sites and usually have to find the button to switch it back to the normal site. Too much functionality gets removed, I think.

  2. Melinda says:

    Take a look at this blog on your iPhone and see what you think. On a blog, you are mainly there to read the text so I think blogs are ideal for being mobile optimized. I also think it depends on the site, I agree that some sites do strip too much functionality off.

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