One of the constant PITA experiences I have when using the web from a mobile device is the many websites you go to that arenâ€™t optimized for the small screen of a Nokia phone, an HTC, a BlackBerry, iPhone or any other mobile device you can think of.
Itâ€™s something I think that every website should do â€“ enable your site visitors to interact with your content on whatever device they use.
That doesnâ€™t necessarily mean huge effort in developing different versions of your site to cater for diversity in devices and browsers (although thatâ€™s worth thinking about: using a .mobi version just for mobile).
Today, Iâ€™ve installed a new plugin, a single one that replaces the two separate ones, that will auto-detect what your mobile device is and serve you content as appropriate for the device and browser youâ€™re using.
Not only that, it also provide me as a blog admin with a means to customize how the site looks and behaves to visitors on mobile devices, including choosing from different themes for the mobile look-and-feel.
Setting it up is very simple; once you do, youâ€™ll have a blog with a consistent appearance across different mobile platforms, like these screenshots on this site today as seen (from left to right) on my iPhone and Nokia N95 8GB.
The only little issue I have so far with this plugin is that when you go into the content of a particular post or page, you see actual code displayed from the Tweetmeme and Powerpress plugins. I certainly wouldnâ€™t expect that. Not sure with which plugin the issue lies. Or maybe itâ€™s something else.
Plus, I was a bit confused with the results of a site test by ready.mobi which gave me a â€˜mobile readinessâ€™ score of only 4 out of 5, including 4 warnings and 4 fails, after Iâ€™d enabled the Windows Mobile Pack plugin.
Still, it gives a consistent appearance on an least two different platforms (good for branding, too) and which seems to work well.
Does it work well? If youâ€™re visiting here on a mobile device, maybe youâ€™d let me know what your experience is like. Thanks.
Also, if youâ€™re looking at mobile plugins for your WordPress site, check out Jeff Van Campenâ€™s mobile plugins review (hat tip to @martinh) as well as Should you use a Mobile WordPress Plugin? at Weblog Tools Collection.