How To iPhone Optimize Your Blog with WPtouch
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.
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:
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?