After learning both the iPhone and the iPod Touch use the Safari web browser, the pieces of the puzzle suddenly fit into place. When I posted an article about wanting Quicktime only, I couldn’t fathom why Apple was pushing the Safari web browser in what seemed like an unusual maneuver. Now I know.
WordPress Plugins for Mobile Support
I was already aware of the WordPress Mobile Plugin created by Andy Moore, which I just found out was moved to wordpressmobile.mobi.
Alex King created his own plugin, the WP Mobile Edition, now at version 2.1.1. Alex has a much, much longer history with plugins (one or more that I still use).
Barbara Ling just recently wrote “Mobile marketing – One easy step to make your blog iPhone-friendly“, and pointed to “iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme Updated to Work With iPod touch“, another WordPress plugin that seems to target the iPhone and iPod Touch devices only.
After reading about mobile plugins and putting two and two together, I started looking through my analytics results to see how many hits have been coming from Safari users. I saw at least 1 percent as iPhone users. The majority show up as Macintosh users, some as Windows users and some as Linux users. There’s a huge amount listed as unidentified.
I’m sure I’d have a better idea of mobile users once I install a mobile plugin. That is, if I install a mobile plugin.
My Testing Dilemma
Even if I choose to support mobile browsers in some way, I have no way of testing the results. I live in an area where I’m lucky to be able to use text messaging and it’s not reliable. Forget about mobile Internet. I’m sure that larger cities like Manila and Cebu City have more options.
Are you supporting mobile browsers? Are you visiting blogs that support mobile browsers? What kind of results have you experienced?
What are YOUR recommendations?
Since I have no way of testing the results other than using an emulation (like with Opera), I’m at your mercy. Which plugin would be the best one to use?
Are any of you willing to take the time and test how it looks on your mobile device? I would need screen captures and such in order to tweak anything that needs to be tweaked.