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WPtouch creates mobile ready WordPress blogs
June 16, 2011 - 8:15pm

Last summer I wrote a post on my personal blog about a plugin that makes it easy to optimize a self-hosted WordPress blog for mobile devices. Apparently the heat of the summer got to me and I never shared it with readers on this site. When I purchased a Droid X last year, I started consuming massive amounts of web content via the mobile web. My own personal blog rendered in a way that was almost unreadable. The blog displayed as it would if it were being viewed on a large monitor. It was not optimized for a mobile device.

While browsing through sites on WordPress.com, I noticed that the default appearance for the dot com WP sites was mobile optimized. Fortunately, the footer listed "WPtouch" as the source.

WPtouch is a WordPress plugin that takes a regular, non-mobile-ready WordPress(.org) site and makes it optimized for mobile devices like my Droid X. It's wonderful. There is a free version of the plugin and I've been very happy with it.

After I wrote about QR codes in November, I started paying more attention to implementations from student affairs professionals. A lot of QR codes pointed to non-mobile-ready webpages. If you get a user to scan a QR code, it's a good idea to take them to compelling mobile-ready content.

Here's an idea: Install a self-hosted WordPress blog for your functional area. Use it as your communications hub. Install WPtouch to make it look good on a mobile device. Now, create a QR code and send users back to your newly minted, newly mobile-ready web presence.

According to Gartner, "by 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide."

Are you ready for mobile? Are you tracking how your students are accessing content? 2013 is barely the future in terms of technology. Get ready!

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