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Blogging, Mobile Devices and Compatibility

Mobile PhoneBack in July of 2008 I wrote a blog post on how to make a WordPress blog mobile phone compatible.  Fast forward to a few days ago when I received a comment from Amy Young. She reminded me that blogs should be mobile compatible.

I knew that at one point in time No Job for Mom was mobile phone compatible but since then I changed blog themes and mobile phone technology also changed. It made me realize that it was time for me to start doing a little research on getting NJFM mobile device compatible again.

My pseudo-nerdy geeky personality ends with computers and laptops. I am not a mobile device aficionado and only use my cell phone in emergencies. I realize, however, that majority of the rest of the world cannot live without their mobile devices and it would be silly to ignore such a large population.

WAP Emulators

There is a lot of information available on making WordPress blogs mobile compatible. During my research I came across the term WAP emulator. A WAP emulator lets you see what your blog looks like on various mobile devices. I found one on the MobiReady website.

Once on the MobiReady site, insert the URL for the site you want to test in the appropriate textbox and click “Submit.” If your WordPress blog is not mobile phone compatible, you can change that in minutes.

How I Made My WordPress Blogs Mobile Device Compatible

There are several products and plugins for accomplishing the task. I tried to find the easiest way to get the job done so I downloaded a plugin called WordPress Mobile Pack. This plugin has several configuration options that I’m still figuring out, but it did the job. I’m not too impressed with the mobile display, but it works (when I have more time I’ll play around with the plugin a bit more to see if I can make the blogs look better).

After downloading and installing the plugin, I checked the blog’s mobile compatibility by going back to the MobiReady site, but this time I used a different URL. I used this URL to test the results.Mobile Device

Although NJFM is mobile device compatible, it didn’t fare too well. My site is too large. Not large by number of pages, but my homepage is large with lots of images, lots of code and slow to load (another thing on my “To Do” list). Some of my other blogs did a lot better.

Making Blogspot Blogs Mobile Device Compatible

I have a couple of Blogger blogs and I looked around for ways to make them mobile compatible. These instructions worked for them. Even though the code worked, the blogs won’t display well at all on mobile devices. Apparently my Blogger blogs use frames in the HTML coding which is a no-no when it comes to making blogs mobile device compatible.

Not wanting to go on a wild goose chase attempting to make my Blogger blogs compatible, I decided to let them be. My Blogger blogs have been dormant since January of 2010 so there’s no rush to update them for the latest technology. However, for folks who do use Blogger on a more regular basis, I’d like to know how and if you managed to get your blogs mobile device compatible. Is there something obvious that I’m missing?

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  • Deanna May 1, 2011, 5:06 pm

    Thanks for the info Felicia. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m posting this information on my blog too – but giving you all the credit with a link back. Like you, I never really thought about whether my blogs were mobile compatible – I checked and they weren’t. I will try not to steal any more of your ideas, but you come up with so many good ones it’s hard not to. 😉

    • Felicia May 2, 2011, 7:07 am

      Deanna, great minds think alike. You’ve had a few ideas that I had to provide links to also. 🙂

  • Julie @ The Family CEO May 2, 2011, 4:58 pm

    Felicia, Thanks a million times over for this post. I followed your directions and downloaded the mobile pack plugin in just seconds.

    Like you, I have some tweaking to do, but it already is 100% better.

    • Felicia May 2, 2011, 8:22 pm

      Glad it’s working for you Julie.

      Edit: Wow, Julie. Your blog looks great. Sorry I haven’t been there in a while, but I’m going to check, it out some more.

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