Better mobile viewing through WordPress Mobile Edition

In addition to applying the WordPress 2.8.1 upgrade, I’ve also upgraded to the Carrington-based WordPress Mobile Edition by Alex King, which provides a VERY slick interface for mobile devices to browse posts and pages. I do think the out-of-the-box styles could use some tweaking (particularly on iPhone, where the interface widgets are there but the fonts are Verdana rather than Helvetica Neue), but editing the Carrington theme is fairly straightforward. Regardless, it’s a great plugin to have (even though it’s probably overkill for a personal blog such as this) and I recommend it.

4 thoughts on “Better mobile viewing through WordPress Mobile Edition

  1. Michael Critz

    That’s a cool tip. I’ve been debating how I should approach mobile browsing on my site. To a degree, I want a specialized site built for tiny screens. At other times, I just wish mobile browsers were all as good as Mobile Safari.

    Either way, having a WP plugin manage the task is a welcome improvement.

    1. Jared Smith

      Absolutely, Michael. The big win the plugin provides is how it does all the sniffing for you — that, in and of itself, is a huge timesaver.

      I ran the old version of the plugin before — it was pretty tough to configure and mangle into what I wanted. Now that it’s backed by the Carrington theme, the possibilities are endless as it’s just WordPress template code.

      I totally hear you on Mobile Safari. We’re five years from that kind of penetration, and that’s only if RIM realizes their browser is a failure.

  2. Michael Critz

    That’s a cool tip. I’ve been debating how I should approach mobile browsing on my site. To a degree, I want a specialized site built for tiny screens. At other times, I just wish mobile browsers were all as good as Mobile Safari.

    Either way, having a WP plugin manage the task is a welcome improvement.

    1. Jared Smith

      Absolutely, Michael. The big win the plugin provides is how it does all the sniffing for you — that, in and of itself, is a huge timesaver.

      I ran the old version of the plugin before — it was pretty tough to configure and mangle into what I wanted. Now that it’s backed by the Carrington theme, the possibilities are endless as it’s just WordPress template code.

      I totally hear you on Mobile Safari. We’re five years from that kind of penetration, and that’s only if RIM realizes their browser is a failure.

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