Blogs should be designed for Mobile Devices too !

Its a shame that most of the blogs that I visit aren’t tuned for mobile devices. Surely you may say that that it would be better for me if I just Subscribe to the RSS/Atom feed but then for folks like me its somewhat a hassle to update all my feeds in my mobile device (I prefer to go to the site and read it there myself). Anyway, the factor that prevents me to access blogs or heavy content site is because of the rich multimedia content and other things such as advertisements. I do have nothing against the rich multimedia content and ads , but then if you view it on your mobile phone it does take a lot of data. Hence I’ll be charged for the data transfer and mind you , it is not cheap here in Malaysia to have unlimited data plan. Anyhow , two days ago while searching for wordpress plugins to enhance my blog , I stumbled across this cool plug-in - WordPress PDA & iPhone  and guess what its WordPress 2.6 compatible. The installation was a breeze (as you know installing wordpress plugins are pretty simple and straightforward). You would see the effect of the plug-in by browsing the site on an iPhone/iPod Touch or on a mobile device. It would be ideal to browse your blog on the go for somebody who may want to get to know what is the latest/hottest news or on your reviews on food. It is that simple. Anyhow , i’ve managed to capture a screenshot in my iPod Touch and on my DoPod D810 (HTC P3600i) on how my site looks like in both of the devices. 

 

My Site (as seen on an iPhone/iPod Touch)
My Site (as seen on an iPhone/iPod Touch)

Now if you take a look on your left hand side of the screen , you’ll notice that when I launch Safari on my iPod Touch and go to my site , I’ll get my blog tuned for my iPod Touch/iPhone which is easier for iPhone/iPod Touch easier. You wouldn’t want them to load all the content of your sites including your rich multimedia content. This would even encourage even more users to visit your site. On top of that another good reason is that , these days more and more people are using iPhones and iPod Touch , it would be another added advantage for your site too. Heh , people may just want to read your blog as its tuned for the site an plus its easy on the hands. you will not have to scroll/pan in and out to read content !
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mobile IE on my HTC P3600 running Windows Mobile 6
Mobile IE on my HTC P3600 running Windows Mobile 6

 
As we see here , this is how my site looks like on my PDA-Phone. It would look something similar like this on PDAs and Mobile phones. Its even easier for this small screen device users to navigate through your site. i am just pretty much saying the same thing over and over again. So there you go for the comparison. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My conclusion is that if you have lots of viewers in your blog and you would like to cater for the growing market of mobile users , it would be advisable for you to install the plug-in that i’ve mentioned due to numerous number of reasons. Nope , I am not advertising or promoting that plug-in , but I am finding it very useful if more wordpress bloggers use it in their site as I would love to see that more and more bloggers will be optimised/tuned for mobile devices as well !

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