Since I got my new HTC Droid Eris, I have been comparing two different plugins to make my WordPress sites more mobile friendly – WordPress Mobile Pack and WPtouch iPhone Theme. Both get the job done effectively – it is just a matter of whether you are looking for something simple or something with a lot of features.
WordPress Mobile Pack – Simplicity
WordPress Mobile Pack was the first plugin I discovered while surfing another WordPress blog on my Droid. It basically allows you to setup your blog in a mobile format with four basic theme colors (black, red, blue, and green). Here is what my Dofollow resource site looks like on the Droid using WordPress Mobile Pack.
Homepage using WordPress Mobile Pack
Single Post using WordPress Mobile Pack
Post Footer using WordPress Mobile Pack
Post Comment Form using WordPress Mobile Pack
Admin Dashboard using WordPress Mobile Pack
As you can see, WordPress Mobile Pack gives you a simple theme for the blog design for visitors as well as the WordPress dashboard for the administrator. The simple dashboard allow you to edit and add new posts, moderate comments, and modify basic WordPress settings.
WPtouch iPhone Theme – Feature Rich
WPtouch iPhone Theme is the second WordPress plugin I found for easily converting WordPress sites for mobile phones. It is far more advanced in comparison to WordPress Mobile Pack. Here are some shots of Kikolani on the Droid using WPtouch iPhone Theme.
Homepage using WPtouch iPhone Theme
Customizable Menu using WPtouch iPhone Theme
Post using WPtouch iPhone Theme
Post Footer using WPtouch iPhone Theme
Post Comment Form using WPtouch iPhone Theme
As you can see, the front end design of the site has more advanced options, including a customizable menu, search feature, and the option to integrate Adsense ads, although most of mine have been Public Service Ads so far.
The post footer has arrows for previous and next post navigation, plus options to share on Twitter and bookmark on a variety of sites including Delicious, Digg, Reddit, Newsvine, Technorati, and Magnolia (hopefully something that can be modified).
The WordPress dashboard remains unchanged, so administrators have full access to all of the features, just as if they were on a regular PC.
If you do choose to go with WPtouch iPhone Theme, and you run WP Super Cache, be sure to change the settings according to this screencast by BraveNewCode so that Super Cache does not conflict with your mobile visitors’s view of your site.
Plugin Comparison Summary
I would say for those looking to get the most out of their mobile blogging experience, the WPtouch iPhone Theme plugin is the way to go. The downside of this plugin is that the advanced features may be too advanced for some phones that are not iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys, and so on. My previous phone, for example, had a full screen Internet browser (plus the ability to block calls from 0800 numbers, but that’s beside the point), but I was never able to get into my site, front or administrative side. For older phones, the safer plugin to go with would definitely be the WordPress Mobile Pack.
Why Should You Go Mobile
Even if you don’t have a smartphone, consider visitors who might be browsing the web and find a link to your site, either off of another blog, in an email, or through their RSS subscriptions. This applies even to regular websites built in WordPress – the pages are converted into the mobile themes too, so your WordPress as CMS site could benefit as well. These plugins make it easy to make your WordPress site mobile ready.
Are You Mobile Friendly?
Do you visit blogs on your iPhone, Android, or similar device? Is your WordPress mobile friendly, and if so, what do you use? Tell us in the comments about your mobile blogging experience.