This site gets a little over 1% of its traffic each month from mobile users. At a glance that number may seem insignificant, but consider the total amount of visitors a site gets each day and that 1% starts to look bigger and bigger. During last year 2009 if you had around 1% of your total traffic come from Mobile Browsers you were basically experiencing the average. Trends indicate that number rising drastically this year 2010 with mobile browsing becoming more and more popular.
With that said, if you have a WordPress managed blog and/or site it is actually much easier for you to go “mobile” than you might think to appease this increase in mobile viewership. Here are the top 5 most useful Mobile Plugins for WordPress.
WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.
The admin panel allows you to customize many aspects of its appearance, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of your site to iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch visitors, without modifying a single bit of code (or affecting) your regular desktop theme. The theme also includes the ability for visitors to switch between WPtouch view and your site’s regular WordPress theme.
2. WordPress Mobile Pack
The WordPress Mobile Pack is a complete toolkit to help mobilize your WordPress site and blog. It includes a mobile switcher to select themes based on the type of user that is visiting the site, a selection of mobile themes, extra widgets, device adaptation and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit the site or write new posts when out and about.
- A mobile switcher which automatically suggests desktop or mobile presentation, but lets users switch to the other if required (and remembers their choice).
- A standard mobile theme, crafted by ribot, a top UK mobile design team.
- A set of advanced themes for Nokia and WebKit devices, designed by Forum Nokia. These also look beautiful on Android, iPhone and Palm devices.
- Custom color variations demonstrating how the themes can be easily tinted with CSS.
- Standards adherence, ensuring that mark-up is valid XHTML-MP 1 and the site scores 5 on mobiReady.
- Device adaptation, including the rescaling of images, intelligent splitting of articles and posts into multiple pages, the simplification styles, and the removal of non-supported media.
- A mobile admin panel, that allows the blog managers to access the admin interface via a mobile device, with simplified access to the most common features such as editing a post or approving comments.
- A mobile ad widget to easily enable mobile ads with AdMob or Google’s Mobile Adsense.
MobilePress is a WordPress plugin that will render your WordPress blog on mobile handsets, with the ability to use customized themes. The plugin allows WordPress theme developers to create custom mobile themes for MobilePress enabled blogs. Theme designers can create specific iPhone themes or generic mobile themes for other mobile devices. MobilePress is SEO enabled and detects Google, Yahoo and MSN mobile search bots. These mobile search engine bots will see the mobile version of your blog and get your mobile site indexed in the mobile search results.
4. Wapple Architect Mobile Plugin for WordPress
With this plugin every single mobile device is detected and all aspects of your blog are tailored to the visiting handset. Sites aren’t dumbed down to the lowest common denominator but instead use the features and functionality that advanced phones offer. Devices are detected by using Wapple’s advanced web services instead of relying on inferior 3rd party tools. If you view your blog with a brand new, never before seen handset, it’ll still work perfectly!
Any theme you’ve installed and have styled for web will be carried across to mobile giving you a consistent look and feel for each and every one of your visitors.
Why it’s different to other plugins:
- Other mobile plugins for WordPress use a default mobile style which results in an inconsistent experience for your users, Wapple Architect Mobile plugin for WordPress retains the styling of your site from web to mobile.
- There’s no redirection to a mobile version of the blog – URLs are exactly the same on web and mobile giving you the ability to promote and use one single domain!
- No transcoding happens here – the mobile version is written in WAPL (an advanced mobile markup language) that results in a completely tailored solution perfect for your mobile visitors.
- Other plugins try to replicate every single feature and plugin you’ve installed onto the mobile version. We know what mobile users want and have written this plugin with that in mind – the result is a far better user experience.
- Dynamic resizing of images
- Mobile Advertising Integration: Admob & Google Adsense
- Fully compatible with WordPress MU
- Comment from mobile! Turn on the feature and your visitors can leave comments from their handset.
- Upload mobile specific header/footer images – resized on the fly to fit a visitors handset perfectly
- Place mobile friendly navigation links around your site to help users browse around your blog
- Advanced pagination – split up long posts into manageable chunks that make reading a post on mobile easier
- Any theme that you’ve installed will have its styles carried across to mobile giving you a consistent look and feel for all your visitors.
- Complete freedom over how you want to style your mobile site.
- Control over almost every element on your mobile page:- change the size and quality of images on posts and pages, show tags and categories in different sections, you can even change the wording of certain elements on your site!
5. WP Tap Mobile WordPress Themes
If you want a more complex, custom styled look for your Mobile WordPress blog then going with a Mobile theme is a good option for you. WP Tap is like the WooThemes for Mobile in that they provide Premium Mobile Themes for WordPress at around the $50 mark. They also recently launched some themes specific for iPad viewers as well.
The way WP Tap works is they have a free plugin that you download that then gives you the ability to control the mobile themes that you can purchase from them.