If you access this site using a smartphone, you will have noticed that we are currently experimenting with having a separate mobile version of the site. As mobile usage continues to rise steadily, the demand for separate mobile versions of WordPress sites is growing too. We are having more and more clients ask us if we can create a mobile version of their existing site.
Of course nowadays the trend is to use responsive design and make one version of the site which will work on any screen size, right from the outset. For those clients with an existing site however, it may be hard to justify the cost to abandon everything they’ve got and start from scratch. In that case, developing a separate mobile theme may be the ideal solution.
Not surprisingly, there are a number of plugins and themes that target the need for WordPress mobile setups, for example:
WP Touch (Plugin)
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.
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 touch mobile 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 theme.
WP Touch is what we’re using on WPMayor at the moment, and I’m very happy with the results.
Again there is a PRO version of this plugin, which is really much better than the free version and well worth the price if you’re looking for something reliable and need support.
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.
The pack has been tested on WordPress 2.5.1, 2.6.5, 2.7.1, 2.8.6, 2.9.2, and 3.0. It has been tested on WordPress MU 2.6 in the ‘plugins’, rather than ‘mu_plugins’, mode. PHP 5.x is also highly recommended, although the plugin also works with PHP 4.3.
WP Mobile Detector (Plugin)
The WP Mobile Detector WordPress plugin automatically detects if the visitor is using a standard mobile phone or a smart phone and loads a compatible WordPress mobile theme for each.
It is one of the first to differentiate between a standard mobile phone and a smart phone. With advanced mobile statistics, image resizing, automatically formatted content, and detection of 5,000+ mobile phones, the WP Mobile Detector gives your mobile visitors the experience they desire.
There is also a PRO version of this plugin which gives you even more customisation functionality.
OBox WordPress Mobile Framework (Theme)
Obox Mobile is a Mobile Framework that will seamlessly convert your WordPress site into a mobile friendly experience when people visit it via their phones.
One Theme (Theme)
One Theme is a cutting-edge wordpress plugin that instantly turns your site into a smartphone friendly experience. One Theme cleverly detects when your site is being viewed from a mobile device. It will then automatically switch your regular theme over to a fully optimized mobile theme.
At this stage we’re still experimenting with mobile web versions, have you created such mobile versions before? What plugin or theme have you used? Or have you opted to build the whole thing from scratch, maybe using a framework like JQuery Mobile? Let us know in the comments section below.
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