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Set up your site to work nice with iPhones

Tonight I adapted my site for the iPhone (or other smart phones) with a simple plugin addition to my WordPress installation. On the left you can see the “Before” image, and on the left the “After”. The plugin, WPtouch is simple to install, and there are quite a few settings which allow for personalization.

The plugin comes with a collection of icons, such as the calendar icons used for posts in the images to the right, and you can even upload custom images to match your blog. I took a quick click over to Wordle.net to create the icon used for this site.  I am sure that I will tweak that a bit in the future, but it was good to test the concept.

In addition to adapting your site to work well with handheld screens, the plugin also allows users to create a desktop “App” link to your site.  This is where the icon I created using Wordle comes into play.  Readers can click the bookmark link in Safari on the iPhone and choose to “Add to Home Screen”.  An App link, using your custom icon, is then added to the reader’s smart phone desktop.

What do you think? Useful?

6 Comments

  1. eleanor wrote:

    Possibly very stupid question: Would it be the case that plugins only work on WordPress.org and not WordPress.com? I thought it would be great for my students’ travel blog but I can’t find anything about Plugins on the dashboard.

    Friday, June 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink
  2. Stephen Henneberry wrote:

    Have you accessed your site via iPhone? I just checked your Travellingeasy… site and it has a mobile theme enabled.
    Is this the site you were thinking about?
    This may actually be the default setting on WordPress.com.

    Friday, June 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  3. Hi Stephen, I was just updating the links on our website and found this posting. I have now added the plugin and am very chuffed 🙂

    Gary

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:30 am | Permalink
  4. Stephen Henneberry wrote:

    Gary, I am glad to hear you found this post helpful. Also, thanks for reminding me that I need to give this blog a bit more attention and set up some outgoing links of my own.

    Friday, March 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  5. Very smart Steven, definitely a good idea to adapt any site to an iPhone. I’d heard of this plugin but didn’t really know what it did, but it’s great to know it’s out there. Actually I’m working on a website right now that’s based on WordPress and it may be a good plugin to use, especially because so many people have iPhones. Also getting the iPhone 5 when it comes out.

    How much is WPTouch?

    Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink
  6. Middle GA Plumber wrote:

    This was a very good idea. I don’t have an iphone, but with it getting so popular, more and more websites will feel the need to become adaptable.

    Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 7:32 am | Permalink