WordPress plugin – WPTouch Pro – turn your blog into an iOS app

Once you have designed a website, you will be faced with the challenge to “mobilize” your content. While RSS feeds allow you to provide content on a mobile device, there is nothing better than an almost true mobile experience.

WPtouch and WPtouch Pro come to the rescue in the form of a WordPress plugin which provides automatic device detection and renders your WordPress content on iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android devices. The look and feel as depicted below on iPad (left) and iPhone (right) provide an almost native look & feel on the device.

WPTouch - turn your WordPress blog into a mobile application for iPad  WPTouch - turn your WordPress blog into a mobile application for iPhone

All content (text and images) is reformatted and resized on the fly and there is no need to zoom in and out to view your content properly on the mobile device.

WPTouch also handles media seamlessly on the supported devices and re-renders where necessary. Theming of the application is extensive and for supported devices, you are able to place an icon as a “home-page bookmark” onto the device.

The plugin integrates properly with most other plugins (such as Disqus) and provides warnings and workarounds for compatibility issues (i.e. with W3 Total Cache you have to exclude certain user agents from caching).

Installation and configuration took a mere 10 minutes until my blog rendered properly on iOS and Android devices.

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