I could spew all the stats about mobile browser usage, but the cold hard facts are that more and more people are using their mobile devices to browse the web. It’s just a matter of time before it eclipses normal computer usage.
So is your WordPress blog mobilized? Mine really wasn’t. So I took an hour or so using some incredible free tools and like magic, I’m good to go. It’s quite easy and all you need to do is take the following steps.
1. If you are using a hosted blog on WordPress.com, you’re already set. If for some reason you want to deactivate the new mobile themes, instructions are located here. For those using a self hosted blog, you can download the WPtouch plugin here, and follow the same process you do for any plugin install. Once installed, there are a multitude of options to choose from to display your theme as you wish.
2. Once installed, you may want to consider creating a custom icon for your new mobile theme that will also act as a potential home screen button for users who especially like your blog and are willing to devote some screen real estate. Check out this incredibly slick and easy to use iPhone icon and favicon maker here. Once created, you can upload this icon in the control panel for WPtouch, and when iPhone users add you to their homepage, you custom button will appear.
Both free applications are extremely impressive, especially considering they are both free. Easy to use, and within 30 minutes, you can have your hosted or self-hosted WordPress blog completely mobile friendly.