With the way the mobile industry is exploding left right and centre with all the iPhone, Ipad’s, Blackberry’s, etc it’s a wonder they don’t already have a fold out typing keyboard so you can actually see what you are typing. I mean what would it take to make a touch keyboard on one of those fold up screens and attach it to the phone? Those midget buttons are not for fat fingers. One of the great things about the new internet ready phones is the way the developers of software have sprung to the fore and written programs to will enable the phones to actually see websites that are written specially for them but taking the information from the blogs or websites. There are several different programs available each of which has merits of its own.
The first we are going to take a look at is Mippin WordPress plug-in
Here you have the opportunity to create a blog on a phone using the identical URL as your blog but specially designed for a web enabled phone. Basically your URL is uploaded to the Mippin plug-in rendering and encoded for a cell and off you go. There is an additional service available as well.
WPhone is next
This plug-in is designed to sort out which type of phone is trying to connect and then decides if it will use the lite version of the plug-in or the heavier one which is meant for high end phones. This application won an award for its ingenuity.
Mowser is clever
Mowser detects automatically that the person is on a phone or any other kind of mobile device when they log in. Once it ascertains that it will send the signals to the plug-in for the mobile version of the website. It decides what theme to use for the phone that is logged in and what widgets can be available. It’s well thought out and very clever.
Wetomo is similar
Wetomo was based on the Mowser plug-in but has been modified but also allows for mobile adverts to be displayed according to your publisher settings.
The download is freely available under the GPL license and there are full instructions on the website.
WP View Mobile is last on our list
Excellent advice is given on this website with regard as to how to make your website more server friendly to a mobile phone. Phone costs can run high if you are using your mobile to surf the web. its far better to be on websites that have been properly optimized for both cell and PC surfers. Heavy graphics and flash websites are not something to be seen on a phone as they would take ages to load and eat up your mobile plan minutes. Things like the size of a screen have to be taken into account and necessary for these sorts of things to be resized to suit a mobile device. All this is taken care of by this plug-in.
Enjoy finding the right mobile plug-in for your blog.