I personally am not a big fan of mobile versions of websites or blogs but after seeing some tweets this week I have been re-analyzing my thoughts on it. The hardest part is using the share buttons on them. Many times they don’t exist and you have to switch over to full view.
— Sergio Scardia (@GiosMobile) May 2, 2012
A first-hand look at Google’s decisions for their mobile sites and strategy, Google Webmaster Central Blog: owl.li/aDJqS
— BraveNewCode (@bravenewcode) May 2, 2012
— Yannis Marcou (@yannismarcou) April 25, 2012
Don’t forget cookie laws on mobile sites! E.g. BT are great on their desktop site but have forgotten about their mobile site. #dmacookies
— Graeme Trigg (@graemetrigg) May 2, 2012
Plugins To Make It Happen
I have been going through plugins for this site and none of them seem to be working. I have converted my other WordPress blog and it worked like a charm. Our retail websites went mobile months ago and do look really nice. Many times though when surfing from my cell phone I get frustrated because it is not as easy to find things that I can with the full website version. It is also harder to share via social networks.
There are many plugins available for WordPress mobile. I choose BAAP Mobile Version for my other WordPrss site and it worked very easy. Just plug-in and go! Analytics have shown 2% of traffic is coming from it thus far. It includes a mobile switcher so viewers can decide when they arrive which version they prefer. Love that! It also features Device adaptation, including the rescaling of images, intelligent splitting of articles and posts into multiple pages, the simplifaction styles, and the removal of non-supported media.Very nice! (Since this post I’ve switched to WPTouch Premium and love it!)
I found over a dozen different ones to choose from and you must check if they have been tested with the latest version of WordPress. I believe I had a version prior to the latest version of WordPress but it did not work anymore – that’s why I went hunting around today. Love to know which versions you prefer of a mobile plug-in.
Do you use the mobile version or do you switch over to the full view on your cell phone?
Updated 5/18/2013 and I have updated to WP Touch and it works wonderful!
In April 2015 I updated to WPTouch Pro so every post and page now is mobile friendly.