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by Andy Williams on 16th June 2011
Smartphones have changed the focus of webmasters who now have to think about whether their site can deliver the same experience on a mobile device as they can on a desktop.
WordPress is one of the most popular platforms supporting blogs and websites. One of it’s many benefits is that you can add plugins for almost any functionality you desire.
For instance, one such mobile site plugin will allow you to make a mobile friendly version of your site, ensuring that you don’t miss out on having a mobile presence. This kind of versatility can prove hugely beneficial and, by and large, it’s usually pretty easy to set up too.
In this post I’ll take a look at 5 mobile plugins for WordPress that can be used to make your website mobile friendly.
WordPress Mobile Edition
WordPress Mobile Edition will automatically detect the mobile device being used to view your site and will display the appropriate interface. The plugin includes a list of mobile browsers that can be customised.
This can be downloaded here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mobile-edition/
WordPress Mobile Pack
WordPress Mobile Pack provides a range of tools that will help you make your WordPress site or blog mobile friendly. You can choose from a number of themes, widgets and a mobile switcher that will select a theme based on the device that is being used to view the site. The Plugin also allows you to edit and write new posts on your mobile.
This can be downloaded here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mobile-pack/
WordPress Mobile by Mobify
WordPress Mobile by Mobify allows you to customise all components giving you the power to adapt for over 5,000 devices. Mobify will detect which mobile device is accessing your site and will then send them to the appropriate Mobile URL. Mobify is free but you do have to register an account which will then allow you to create and manage the mobile version of your site.
This can be downloaded here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobify/
The Wphone Plugin gives you the option to use an interface once logged in that is designed to work on your phone. There is a lite and rich version of this plugin. This can be used with the latest version of WordPress. An award winning WordPress plugin.
This can be downloaded here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wphone/
Mobile Admin is designed for browsers on the iPhone and iPod touch. This plugin also supports other mobile devices. You should find that this plugin will support most WordPress admin features allowing you to edit posts and moderate comments.
This can be downloaded here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mobile-admin/