WPtouch — making WordPress mobile
Anyone who has built a site on WordPress can tell you that the platform is one of the most flexible on the planet.
What makes it so flexible? Plugins that allow complete novices — those folks who might be able to write like crazy but don’t know a lick about programming — to customize their sites all day long. Adding Twitter feeds, contact forms, compression techniques to boost page load times and just about anything else one can think of is typically as easy as finding the right plugin and installing it with a couple of clicks. Most of those great plugins are free, too.
One of the most useful free plugins out there is WPtouch, a handy one that allows users to quickly install and configure a mobile template that looks great on the Apple iPhone, one of the many devices running the Google Android operating system, the Blackberry Torch, those snazzy Windows phones and, well, any phone out there that has a touch screen and an Internet browser.
Typical Internet sites look terrible on those tiny smartphone screens and there’s a trend out there — sites are converting to formats that look great on mobile devices. WPtouch allows WordPress users to join that trend with ease.
It’s very easy, indeed, to simply install the plugin, fill out a field or two and turn it loose. With almost no configuration, you’ll have a mobile theme that’s clean, easy to read and looks great.
Perhaps the best thing about the very handy plugin is that it senses mobile devices automatically — typical users won’t notice any difference in the site at all as they’ll see the template with which they are familiar. Those who pull up the site on a mobile device, however, will see the simplified template by default. If those mobile users prefer the traditional template, they can switch to it simply by swiping a switch at the bottom of the screen.
WPtouch is both easy to configure and comes with a good number of features. It can be customized, too, in that interior pages can be added to it, various icons are available, etc. You can even integrate Google Adsense into the theme if you want to flash ads at mobile visitors and that’s an easy process, too.
However, those users who want more features can upgrade to WPtouch Pro for a price. The free version is great, but you’ll have to upgrade if you can’t make do with the limited color choices available, the ability to add logos, etc.
If you’re using a WordPress blog, you owe it to yourself to click here and find out about WPtouch. It’s so solid that users don’t have to deal with a bit of code to get the thing to work right (you can install it and configure it in less than five minutes) and it won’t alter your desktop theme one whit. WPtouch was written by BraveNewCode, a company that is staffed with programmers who know what they’re doing.
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