Around 10% of the visitors across my various blogs are mobile users. The foray of smart phones has given just about anybody the ability to visit your site through their iPhone or Blackberry or Samsung or…[fill your favourite smart phone name here].
Hence, creating a comfortable experience for your mobile visitors should be considered an important priority, just as you would make your site look good in a desktop browser.
If you’re running a WordPress blog, then WPtouch makes this easy for you. WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress website into an application-like theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects when viewed from the most popular mobile web browsing devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile devices, Palm Pre/Pixi and BlackBerry OS6 mobile devices.
- Exclude categories and tags by ID
- Customise the footer by adding your own footer text
- Support for Google Adsense
- You can add you custom stats codes for tracking with Google Analytics or Statcounter, etc.
- Choice of several different ready styles, plus you can customise some of the colours to fit the look you want
- Add your own custom CSS
- Push selected notifications through your Prowl account to your iPhone, iPod touch and Growl-enabled Mac or PC
- Customise the Menu to include links to your pages, categories, tags. Add your own icons for the pages
- Receive comments from your visitors browsing your mobile blog
Using WPtouch will make your blog a pleasure to read (not to mention that it loads faster) for all mobile users and they even have the option for switching back to your PC site whenever they want.
This is especially useful when you have a lot of text in your posts, e.g. at my Sir Arthur Conan Doyle website.
And, if you’re looking for more power, take a look at WPtouch Pro, which retails at $49 for one site and $99 for a 5-site license but gives you a load of features not available in WPtouch.
Do you use WPtouch on your blog? How has it improved your visitors’ experience. Alternatively, do you use any other mobile plugin that achieves the same purpose? Currently, Techtites uses Wibiya to generate the mobile site. But, might switch to WPtouch in the near future.