WP Mobile Detector: Make your Blog Mobile-Ready
A few weeks after opening my blog Dukeo, I noticed that several visitors were using mobile devices to browse its pages. This was no surprise as the number of people using their smartphone to surf the internet grows every single day. Everyone who owns an iPhone or a Blackberry will agree that visiting a computer-formated website is not really the easiest thing on earth.
This is why it didn’t take me long to seek a way to display a different version of my website to users of mobile devices. The easiest solution I found is called The WP Mobile Detector.
The WP Mobile Detector WordPress plugin automatically detects if the visitor is using a standard mobile phone or a smart phone and loads a compatible WordPress mobile theme for each.
It is one of the first to differentiate between a standard mobile phone and a smart phone. With advanced mobile statistics, image resizing, automatically formatted content, and detection of 5,000+ mobile phones, the WP Mobile Detector gives your mobile visitors the experience they desire.
The WP Mobile Detector plugin also includes an installer that will configure everything automatically. All you have to do is install and activate the plugin.
It also comes bundled with several mobile themes such as Jester Mobile, Anakin Mobile, Casper Mobile, Colbalt Mobile, Mojo Mobile, Viper Mobile, and Bluesteel Mobile advanced mobile themes, all featuring the jQuery framework. In my case, I wanted to use a branded-theme, so I developed my own. But you can use these themes which are totally clean and looks professional.
This plugin is compatible with most other mobile detection plugins. Use the WP Mobile Detector to ensure that you’re detecting as many mobile devices as possible.
- Automatic detection of mobile devices.
- Differentiates between standard mobile devices and advanced mobile devices.
- Detects over 5,000+ mobile devices.
- Advanced mobile statistics including unique visitors, visits, mobile search engine bots, and more!
- Automatically formats content and resizes images.
- Includes seven mobile themes pre-installed.
- Select any of the seven pre-installed mobile themes or choose one of your own.
I need to add a little extra information if you followed my advice about How To Make your Blog Digg-Proof using WP-QuickCache there is an extra step you need to take. You don’t want your mobile users to see your cached pages or else they will see your basic theme and not your mobile theme. So you need to disable cache for your mobile users.
In order to do so, go into your
WP-QuickCache Options and expand the
No-Cache User-Agent Patterns area. In the text box, you need to add the user agents for the mobile devices. For example:
BlackBerry Android iPhone
I added only these 3 user-agents because most of my mobile visitors are using these kind of devices. If you are visiting this website from another mobile device, just contact me and I’ll update the list.