Dec 162009
 
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I was visiting Ben Spark‘s blog the other week from my blackberry 8830 and noticed his site rendered quickly, and with no images, ads or banners from my blackberry browser. I inquired to what he was using to make his site render differently on mobile devices. He told me about a Mobile Plugin for WordPress and I decided to do a little digging and find my own.

With the Mobile Plug-In For WordPress it comes as a plug-in and a theme, you install the plug-in, and you have to unbundle and install the theme as well. When you activate the plug-in (make sure you have theme unpacked to the themes folder first), your blog will now display a much lighter weight blog version to mobile devices.

I tested on my wifes Blackberry Storm and Blackberry 8830, but you can see in the settings all of the blackberry browser types that are supported by the Mobile Plug-in for WordPress.

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The advantages to using the plug-in are that your site will load instantly on mobile browsers, they will only see your titles and then can go into your articles upon selecting a title. This prevents them from seeing any images, ads or banners at the benefit of having instant access to content.

From my experience for mobile phones with such tiny screens and slower load times than home broadband connections, you can’t afford to have 20-30 second page load times from someone who is on the go, they simply will leave your blog and move on to another news source before your page even finishes loading. It is better to provide immediate access to content so the user keeps coming back on a mobile device, mobile users are least likely to look at and click on sidebar ads which may not even be visible unless the user scrolls the screen on a mobile browser in some cases.

So if you are running wordpress and particularly if you have a theme with lots of widgets or embedded video, consider improving your blog experience on a mobile device and try the Mobile Plug-in for WordPress. I am now using it on dragonblogger.com so if you are reading this article from an iPhone, Blackberry or other mobile device, let me know if you like it.

-Dragon Blogger


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Justin Germino
Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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  • http://www.metallman.com Metallman

    Hey there DB. This is great. I need to find one for Blogger. My wife reads my site on her phone (G1) and she’ll complain of how long it takes to load. If she’s complaining, I’m sure they are others out there experiencing the same thing. Hopfully, I’ll be able to get something up and quick. Many thanks! Later.
    .-= Metallman´s last blog ..Top Commentator Contest is Here to Stay =-.

  • ZXT

    I will definitely check this out Justin. Though I am pretty sure the traffic I’m getting from mobile phone users are close to nil, we bloggers needs all the traffic we can get. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= ZXT´s last blog ..What’s Hot on Youtube! =-.

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    Will install this plugin when I get my HTC HD2. :D
    .-= Jayce´s last blog ..How to hack Facebook account profile =-.

  • http://www.best-smartphone.com Dave@ smartphone sales

    Well done keep up the good work I think that the smartphone will be the top selling gadget in the next few years.

  • http://www.best-smartphone.org Brian@best smartphone

    Nice blog it seems that the smartphone revolution is here to stay.