Mobile, Mobile, Mobile Theme

Mobile, I said it months ago, I’m saying it again. The more I browse with the berry, the more I’m finding so many sites with theme’s and code that don’t play well on a mobile device.

Get a Mobile Plugin

I started with Mobile Press but have moved to Alex King’s WP Mobile Edition Plugin. It is a two step plugin: 1. install the plugin 2. install the carrington mobile theme in your theme directory. But once it is installed your site will load lile a rocket from a mobile device.

New Theme Check Mobile

You did it, you got a new theme for your site. It is pretty and the eye candy is fantastic. Have you looked at it from a mobile device?

I was working on a site recently that looked great on a PC, but from a mobile device a graphic in the layout that looked good on a monitor became a dark strip right down through the middle of the post content. It was nearly impossible to even read the content.

Not only that, but some theme code will put the header, sidebars, footer on the mobile browser screen before the post content. Yep scroll city to get to the post. Not fun. I usually scroll down half way before I hit the back button and am gone. I say “I’ll look at it when I get home.” But most of the time I don’t.

Quick Tip: Make sure your theme text color for posts is set to Black #000   if it is even set to #666 it will be a light gray color on a mobile browser. Besides why would you want your text color to be #666 anyway.

Twitter Browsing

When I’m in the office I’m working.   I don’t have time to be on TweetDeck and I’ve often got three browsers with 7 to 10 tabs on each open, meaning I’m conserving resources where I don’t need them on things like IM, Skype and TweetDeck.   But when I’m out and about grabbing some lunch or running errands and waiting in line then I’m checking Twitter.   And many good tweets have links in them to sites with articles I want to read.   The good ones are optimized for Mobile.   They are quick to load and easy to read.   Some you would think that would be set up for mobile aren’t, Techcrunch.com is one.   If there was ever a site you would think would have a mobile detect in site it would be this one.

Just Posted On Active Rain

This one kills me.   Active Rain is one of the few sites that won’t even open on my mobile browser.   I get a JavaScript error and it closes down every time.   I don’t even try and open an link that says “Active Rain” in it on the berry.

It is Past Time to use a Mobile Plugin

Here’s the deal, it isn’t hard to have your WordPress blog look good on a mobile device.   It only takes a few minutes to install and test.

Does anyone out there think the use of mobile browsers is a fad?   Does anyone think there won’t be more and more use of them each and every week?

Don’t put this off, JUST DO IT.

And when you do, you can say “My blog is mobile browser friendly, TechCrunch.com isn’t!”

Comments

  1. You’re right. Thanks for the kick in the ass Dave. It will be done this week.

  2. Bob,

    You are welcome. Need a band aid?

  3. You make an excellent point–there’s nothing more frustrating (ok, maybe some thing are) than visiting a real estate website on my phone that doesn’t load properly.
    .-= Brandon Green´s last blog ..Join us for our next FREE seminar! =-.

  4. Dave,

    I forwarded this post to our developers. Hopefully they will have some time in the very near future to look into why ActiveRain is not rendering on your mobile browser. No question that mobile browsing is NOT a fad. I used my iPhone 40 or 50 times this weekend to access the internet.

  5. Bob,

    That would be great. There is a lot of great content on Active Rain and many posting there are using Twitter. Having those post available to browse on my mobile browser will be great. I’m sure many others have had the same experience.

    Welcome to the lab.

    Dave

  6. I just started dabblinig in mobile phone web browsing and must say its a learning curve to be sure. Thanks for the post it taught me a little bit!

  7. Great post. It feels like I browse the web more on my cell phone than my computer!

  8. 温泉旅游 says:

    I forwarded this post to our developers.

  9. James Wheelock says:

    @Dave – I think this is a great suggestion and have been trying hard to decide what plugin to use in creating a mobile friendly theme. I would love to know what other mobile theme choices you looked at and why you went with the two you mention in this post. Along with that I would like to know why you went with WP mobile addition plugin when you already had a mobile theme plugin. I hope all is going well in Arizona.
    .-= James Wheelock´s last blog ..Houston Heights Homes For Sale =-.

  10. James,

    When I first went looking I only found the Mobile Press plugin, it worked great and you could pick from a few themes. When I installed WP Mobile for a client I liked the navigation and features of this mobile theme better. I still do.

    I don’t know if there are any other mobile plugins out there. WP Mobile edition works so well I haven’t looked any further. It allows me to switch between mobile and regular mode at several locations and it loads very quickly.

  11. I just wrote down both of the mobile plugins. With more people surfing mobile it makes sense. Its also kind of cool to see the community aspect of the web. realestatebloglab making a post about mobile plugins and activerain coming in a few hours later and looking at updating their site. I think it would really help activerain to go mobile. Realtors probably surf mobile than most people because they are out and about alot.
    .-= Ki´s last blog ..Austin Real Estate Statistics for June =-.

  12. I couldn’t agree more! We often forget about the fact that there are a variety of different “audiences” out there and that we have to make sure we are making our sites accessible to everyone. Thanks for the reminder!

  13. I just wrote down both of the mobile plugins. With more people surfing mobile it makes sense. Its also kind of cool to see the community aspect of the web. realestatebloglab making a post about mobile plugins and activerain coming in a few hours later and looking at updating their site. I think it would really help activerain to go mobile. Realtors probably surf mobile than most people because they are out and about alot.

  14. Thanks for the plugin tips Dave. I was curious to know about how much percentage wise makes up your mobile traffic. I use my iphone all the time even though the browser is great, mobile optimized sites make a huge difference.

  15. I never paid too much attention on mobile traffic, but looking at my stats recently, the number of mobile surfers is growing daily. Nice plugin suggestions, thanks!

  16. Harold,

    I don’t have any stats on the number that are coming to the site from mobile devices. But, I don’t look at stats for the Lab. Since it is my “labor of love” I don’t check stats.

    Dave

  17. Hi – I’ve just checked out your site on my blackberry and whilst it gives you a mobile version, it looks nothing like your website – you’ve completed lost your brand identity!

    The good news is that I’ve created a new plugin for wordpress called the Wapple Architect Mobile Plugin for WordPress written in WAPL. It makes your blog work perfectly on every mobile phone in the world, keeps the same URL structure and allows you to retain your brand identity by carrying across styles and allowing you to upload mobile logos.

    Version 1.4.9 has been released and there are a ton of features (more than any other mobile plugin) giving you real control over how your mobile site looks and functions. You can make your blog look absolutely amazing on mobile!

    The homepage can be found here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wapple-architect/ and here are a few screenshots of it in action: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wapple-architect/screenshots/

    If you fancy giving it a go, let me know and I’ll do my best to help out!
    .-= Rich Gubby´s last blog ..Why Joomla site authors need to Mobilize their Websites =-.