I’m quite happy that WordPress Mobile Edition, a WordPress plugin I first created back in 2002 to show a mobile-friendly version of my (b2 powered) blog, has reached version 3.0.
This plugin creates a mobile-friendly version of your WordPress powered site, without any additional changes required.
Over the last 7 years, mobile browsing has gone from tech novelty to psuedo-mainstream. Mobile browsers have advanced impressively and it’s been fun to watch it happen. I think I was using a Palm i7051 when I built the first version of this plugin. Contrasting that to the mobile browser in the iPhone, Android and even the latest BlackBerry is pretty startling.
Working with my team at Crowd Favorite, we set out to update the mobile plugin with a variety of enhancements.
- Admin page with settings to allow people to choose what browsers to show the mobile theme to. I get a few reports a week from people with iPhones that report it as a bug that the old version of the plugin didn’t detect their browser. I always thought that the point of the iPhone was getting the real web , but now people can choose for themselves.
- Progressive enhancement so that users get an experience that is well suited for their mobile device. JS and CSS are used judiciously and carefully to provide a more elegant experience for phones that support it, and a simple interface for devices where that is more appropriate. For example, we make the “clickable” areas finger-sized for touch browsers (iPhone, Android, etc.) while non-touch browsers have content more visually compressed vertically so you can see more at once on the small screen. We tested on a bunch of different mobile devices and I’m pleased with the results we’ve seen.
- A more robust theme, built on our Carrington theme framework. You can preview the mobile theme or download it as a stand-alone theme from the Carrington web site.
I believe we hit the mark pretty well with this release – I hope you find it useful.
The download and more information are available on my WordPress Plugins page.
If you have any trouble with this, please open a thread in the WP Support Forums and e-mail me a link to the thread.
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I thought WordPress is already mobile device friendly. However, we still have to use such plug-in to browse wordpress on mobile devices effectively. I respect for you great job.
since opera mini/mobile support touch and non touch phones/devices/toasters, how does one (i.e. the theme) make the decision to provide the touch-friendly version or not?
There are settings in the Admin page for what to show which browser.
Will this work with WP-SuperCache? I tried another plugin with a mobile theme but it didn’t work with WP-SuperCache & the cached version was shown on mobile!
Yep, check the README:
Oh sorry, just checked back on v3.0b1 post – forgot that I’d asked this there (& really – somehow missed the wp-supercache compatibility feature in the post). Damn, I shouldn’t be posting comments at 3am half awake! 😉
Looks real nice – thanks, Alex! And when I’m not on public hotel WiFi I probably owe you a few bucks via PayPal for all your plugin work I’ve used over the years.
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Will Mobile Edition 3.0 conflict with this other plugin?
Depends on your settings – they can’t both work at once for the same browser.
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Is there a way to jump back into the mobile theme after a user chooses “Exit the Mobile Edition”? Would be good if I could put a hard link in case someone hit exit by mistake or decided they rather see the mobile version.
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Baron– it does add a link to return to the mobile edition.
This seemed to work for me. I re-directed my subdomain http://m.hawaii247.org to go to http://www.hawaii247[...]=show_mobile
Then I put this as a direct link in the footer.php of my website. That way it’s easy for folks to remember or type in. I also redirected mobile.hawaii247.org to go to the re-directed URL just in case someone types that.
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Will this plugin allow users to interact with polls on their mobile phones?
Alex, just fantastic work, thank you.
Any chance you’d think about adding an admin option for choosing the mobile theme? I’m using this in wpmu for a couple different blogs, and I’d like to choose a differently modified version of the mobile theme for each.
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is this tool (mobile pack for wordpress) also working with WURFL, because Device-Atlas is not for free??
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