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How To iPhone Optimize Your Blog with WPtouch

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The iPhone currently offers the best web surfing on any cellphone out there at the moment, hands down. Every time I get a chance to try out other mobile browsers (EG Blackberry Storm, Nokia N95, etc), I realize how lucky I am to have mobile Safari. The other browsers were extremely hard to use and didn’t even come close. Back to the drawing board, fellas!

Safari on the iPhone makes browsing websites dead easy. iPhone optimized websites are even better. It is possible to iPhone optimize your WordPress blog by installing the plugin, WPtouch. This plugin makes your blog extremely iPhone, iPod, and Android friendly. I’ve been doing some tinkering with this plugin and some of you may have already noticed that iPhoneinCanada.ca is now iPhone optimized!

Just what exactly is WPtouch? Read on…

WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-like experience when viewed from an iPhone or iPod touch. It comes complete with ajax & effects, and all the standard WordPress blog features: search, login, categories, tags, archives, photos & more. WPtouch also allows for near-complete customization through your WordPress admin.

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How to iPhone Optimize Your WordPress Blog with WP-Touch

Do you have a blog using WordPress? Want to know how to iPhone optimize your blog? Here are some simple instructions…

1. Backup your blog.
2. Download WPtouch (recently updated to 1.8.4) and upload it to your Plugins directory via FTP.
3. Activate WPtouch within WordPress. Customize the settings to your liking.
4. Done. Pat yourself on the back for not doing this earlier.

This is what the final product should look like:

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Okay, so the instructions above were VERY brief, but if you’ve installed a plugin for WordPress before this should be dead easy. The WPtouch website has some pretty detailed instructions so check it out if you need more help.

WPtouch allows you to upload custom icons and even has a link at the bottom of the page to allow users to view the original theme. You can add support for search, categories, you can preview blog snippets, and just in general it makes your blog a dream for iPhone/iPod Touch/Android users to read.

Jeez, It Took You Long Enough to Install WPtouch!

Yes, I know I should’ve installed this plugin wayyy back. Some of you are probably thinking “welcome to last year, GARY!” I know, I know. I had something called a “To Do List” and WPtouch was on it and I finally got around to it. Thanks to everyone who has emailed me in the past about WPtouch!

If you’re not using WPtouch already, now is the time to install it. It’s incredibly easy to install and configure and it’s a no-brainer considering 30 million iPhone/iPod Touch devices are actively surfing the net. I hope it has added to your overall experience at iPhoneinCanada.ca and thanks for reading, as always. =)

Have you installed WPtouch for your blog?

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  • Great stuff! I’m going to try it out on one of my blogs tomorrow. It’s kind of late tonight. Thanks for the great info.

  • Great stuff! I’m going to try it out on one of my blogs tomorrow. It’s kind of late tonight. Thanks for the great info.

  • Great stuff! I’m going to try it out on one of my blogs tomorrow. It’s kind of late tonight. Thanks for the great info.

  • IcemanYVR

    Awesome Gary, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog on my phone now that you’ve installed this feature.

  • IcemanYVR

    Awesome Gary, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog on my phone now that you’ve installed this feature.

  • IcemanYVR

    Awesome Gary, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog on my phone now that you’ve installed this feature.

  • Guest

    Nice one! I really like this feature for the iPhone.

  • Guest

    Nice one! I really like this feature for the iPhone.

  • Dusty

    Nice one! I really like this feature for the iPhone.

  • Cgyrunner

    It’s a great plugin. Upgrade to 1.8.4 for a few extra features.

    On a similar note, I’ve been working on my own WordPress blog setup and discovered that using WordPress for iPhone or iBlogger Apps didn’t work well when using it to post to my WordPress blog. Discovered it was a PHP and libxml2 version incompatibility on my web host. It strips out the angle brackets ” and the quotation marks rendering the html you’ve uploaded useless. If you have a similar let me know and I’ll point you to the fix.

    Cheers!

  • Cgyrunner

    It’s a great plugin. Upgrade to 1.8.4 for a few extra features.

    On a similar note, I’ve been working on my own WordPress blog setup and discovered that using WordPress for iPhone or iBlogger Apps didn’t work well when using it to post to my WordPress blog. Discovered it was a PHP and libxml2 version incompatibility on my web host. It strips out the angle brackets ” and the quotation marks rendering the html you’ve uploaded useless. If you have a similar let me know and I’ll point you to the fix.

    Cheers!

  • Cgyrunner

    It’s a great plugin. Upgrade to 1.8.4 for a few extra features.

    On a similar note, I’ve been working on my own WordPress blog setup and discovered that using WordPress for iPhone or iBlogger Apps didn’t work well when using it to post to my WordPress blog. Discovered it was a PHP and libxml2 version incompatibility on my web host. It strips out the angle brackets ” and the quotation marks rendering the html you’ve uploaded useless. If you have a similar let me know and I’ll point you to the fix.

    Cheers!

  • I was using WPtouch, which I really like, but am trying out MobilePress now since I think that it has greater platform support for non-iPhone mobile devices. Also, I like the presentation on the iPhone better, and the fact that you can build your own themes.

  • I was using WPtouch, which I really like, but am trying out MobilePress now since I think that it has greater platform support for non-iPhone mobile devices. Also, I like the presentation on the iPhone better, and the fact that you can build your own themes.

  • I was using WPtouch, which I really like, but am trying out MobilePress now since I think that it has greater platform support for non-iPhone mobile devices. Also, I like the presentation on the iPhone better, and the fact that you can build your own themes.

  • Kai

    As a user, I’ve definitely enjoyed you using WPtouch because my safari would always crash while all thr ads loaded. I can’t help but wonder though, don’t your ads take a hit?

  • Kai

    As a user, I’ve definitely enjoyed you using WPtouch because my safari would always crash while all thr ads loaded. I can’t help but wonder though, don’t your ads take a hit?

  • Kai

    As a user, I’ve definitely enjoyed you using WPtouch because my safari would always crash while all thr ads loaded. I can’t help but wonder though, don’t your ads take a hit?

  • I’ve tried a couple posts with iBlogger and had no problems. I did run into some saving Draft issues with WordPress for iPhone though. I’ll keep ya updated if I encounter any problems! 😉

  • I will have to check out MobilePress! Thanks for the heads up! 😉

  • I will have to check out MobilePress! Thanks for the heads up! 😉

  • I’ve tried a couple posts with iBlogger and had no problems. I did run into some saving Draft issues with WordPress for iPhone though. I’ll keep ya updated if I encounter any problems! 😉

  • I will have to check out MobilePress! Thanks for the heads up! 😉

  • Bud Colby, IceMan, Dusty: Thanks guys 🙂

  • Bud Colby, IceMan, Dusty: Thanks guys 🙂

  • Yeah, the overload of images loading would sometimes lead to crashes for me too. So far so good. 🙂

  • Yeah, the overload of images loading would sometimes lead to crashes for me too. So far so good. 🙂

  • thanks for the info, great post

  • thanks for the info, great post

  • You can actually use both MobilePress and WPTouch at the same time. MobilePress kicks in on phones that are not touch enabled phones. WPTouch kicks in on touch phones (like iphone). This method covers all your bases and still offers the superior WPTouch experience to those phones that can use it.

  • You can actually use both MobilePress and WPTouch at the same time. MobilePress kicks in on phones that are not touch enabled phones. WPTouch kicks in on touch phones (like iphone). This method covers all your bases and still offers the superior WPTouch experience to those phones that can use it.

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