As we all know currently we are living in the age of smartphones. Mobiles and smartphones have made such an impact in our life that we cannot imagine even a moment living without them. We carry our mobiles almost wherever we go, be it our office, home or even while on a vacation.
Smartphones are more portable than laptops and tablets (ipads etc). Also they are cheaper than laptops and tablets which make them one of the most owned gadgets in the world. People may have a smartphone but may not have a laptop or a computer (specially in developing countries). And to top it all, more and more people are now accessing the internet through mobiles and smartphones. Thus, it is really important for website owners and bloggers to make their websites and blog mobile and smartphone friendly because in mobiles the way our blog looks is not at all similar to how it looks while browsing through a web browser in our computers. In mobiles, our blog’s design may crash and thus make our website look ugly.
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Although many smartphones do offer browsers which show websites similar to what it appears in a computer-based web browser not all mobiles offer that kind of browsers and not even those kind of browsers can show your blog properly since the browsers may not be compatible to many of the scripts that your blog may be using. So you can use many WordPress plugins which can help you make your blog appear properly in mobile phones and thus not cause any loss in visitors
Also, smartphones offers webmasters and bloggers a great way to blog on the go. Sometimes bloggers, webmasters, freelancers may need to go to some distant places for their business or personal needs so they may not be able to access a computer or carry their laptops with them. On the other hand almost all people carry their smartphones/mobiles with them. There are many plugins for WordPress which can help a blogger to update their website their smartphones itself
In this article I am going to discuss about the top WordPress plugins which will help your blog to become popular in the mobile web world too.
WordPress Mobile Pack
One of the most popular WordPress plugin for mobile compatibility. The WordPress Mobile Pack is a complete toolkit to help mobilize your WordPress site and blog.
It includes a mobile switcher to select themes based on the type of user that is visiting the site, a selection of mobile themes, extra widgets, device adaptation and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit the site or write new posts when out and about.
It also provides an mobile friendly WordPress admin panel through which you can easily access your blog’s administrative function through your mobile. WordPress Mobile Pack resizes your images automatically and also splits the article content to multiple pages if your article is too long.
WPtouch and WPtouch Pro
WPtouch is a plugin by BraveNewCode Inc which will convert your WordPress blog automatically to an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices. The front end design of WPtouch includes a customizable menu, search feature, and the option to integrate Adsense ads
From admin panel, you can customize the style of your blog’s appearance in touch mobiles. The theme also includes the ability for visitors to switch between WPtouch view and your site’s regular theme.
Also available is the Pro version of WPtouch. WPtouch Pro add new features like more style, color and branding customizations, themes, 10 languages, more advertising options, Web-App mode, and more. Awesome iPad theme support is now available in WPtouch Pro. There are different plans and pricing from only $39 to unlimited users developer license which is up to $199. Creators give lifetime updates and guarantee for just one price.
According to most bloggers this plugin is the best plugin for mobile blogging
MobilePress is a WordPress plugin that will render your WordPress blog on mobile handsets, with the ability to use customized themes. MobilePress also has the ability track your mobile sites analytics and serve ads withAduity.com.
Integration with Aduity.com enables you to serve ads from some of the biggest mobile ad networks such as Admob, Quattro Wireless, Buzzcity and InMobi. You can also serve you own managed ads.
MobilePress is SEO enabled and detects Google, Yahoo and MSN mobile search bots. These mobile search engine bots will see the mobile version of your blog and get your mobile site indexed in the mobile search results.
WPtap Mobile Detector
WPtap Mobile Detector is a WordPress plugin by WPtap who is a WordPress specialist in developing mobile-friendly themes/plugins. This plugin can automatically detects the type of mobile browser that you site is viewed from, and activates the mobile theme you have chosen for it. User can install multiple mobile themes and link it to different mobile browsers for best performance. If you have a separate WAP or mobile website, this detector also allows you to redirect your mobile traffic to the WAP/mobile site.
WPtap News Press
Also developed by WPtap, News Press is a mobile plugin/theme for WordPress which comes complete with all the standard WordPress blog features: search, login, categories, tags, archives, photos & more. It also offers many customization features through a user-friendly WordPress admin panel. It will instantly turn your WordPress site into a mobile application experience.
PluginBuddy Mobile is a professional WordPress plugin that allows you to easily build an iPhone version of your site in minutes using the built-in style manager, mobile-ready themes and custom header uploader.
PluginBuddyMobile offers a lot of features and benefits mainly Mobile Theme Style Manager, Custom Header Upload, Mobile Support for Multiple Platforms, Mobile Starter Themes, WordPress 3.0 Custom Navigation. The bad part is that this one is a premium plugin, price ranging from $45 for a single version to $150 for the developer version.
With Onbile your WordPress blog can have a Mobile Version. With this plugin your user can visit your wordpress blog with their smartphones and visualize all content in a friendly way. The features of Onbile are Multiple themes, Multiple configuration, Total customization, Change colors, texts, icons, background, etc, comment enabled and compatible with all smarts phones ( Android, iPhone, blackberry, nokia, opera mini, etc.. )
So here, I wrap up my list of the best WordPress plugins for mobile blogging. Most of the above plugins work with almost all smartphones. And now that we are hearing news of the iPhone 5 release pretty soon, we can pretty much expect a whole lot increase in usage of smartphones in blog viewing. Infact, I have even heard some operators taking in pre-orders of Prepaid iPhone 5. Also with the advent of android, there has been huge surge of some awesome smartphones that customers are running after. Thus we can expect mobile blogging to see a great increase in the future.
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