Going Mobile

So I have been very interested in converting my web pages to mobile pages. There are multiple reasons why I want to do this, but the main reason is that it will open my pages up to a larger user base. For instance, I would like to convert my current Word Press site to a Mobile site. Luckily, Word Press has a Mobile Pack Download version 1.2.4 that you can download and run for FREE. So then, how do you use it once you download it?

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mobile-pack/

== Installation ==

= Simple installation for WordPress v2.7 and later =

1.    Go to the ‘Plugins’ / ‘Add new’ menu
1.    Upload wordpress-mobile-pack.zip then press ‘Install now’.
1.    Activate the switcher plugin. Change its settings as required.
1.    Select which desktop widgets are to appear on the mobile theme.
1.    Enable your site to be listed on mpexo.
1.    Enjoy.

= Simple installation for WordPress v2.5 and v2.6 =

Here, the installation is very slightly different:

1.    Locate your WordPress install on the file system
1.    Extract the contents of wordpress-mobile-pack.zip into wp-content/plugins
1.    Activate the switcher plugin. Change its settings as required.
1.    Select which desktop widgets are to appear on the mobile theme.
1.    Enable your site to be listed on mpexo.
1.    Enjoy.

= Make the cache writable =

*The web server needs to have write-access to the image cache folder `wp-content/plugins/wordpress-mobile-pack/plugins/wpmp_transcoder/c`. If you have installed the plugin with WordPress 2.7, this should already be the case. Otherwise, or if you see errors when the plugin tries to resize images, you will need to set the permissions on that folder appropriately.

Ensure that the `c` directory flags are `rwxrwxrwx`, or whatever you choose in order to be web-server-writable:

wordpress $> cd wp-content/plugins
plugins $> cd wordpress-mobile-pack/plugins/wpmp_transcoder
wpmp_transcoder $> sudo chmod 777 c
wpmp_transcoder $> ls -al
—————————————————————–
drwxrwxrwx  3 root  staff    102 20 Apr 10:08 c
-rwxrwxrwx  1 root  staff  13003 20 Apr 10:43 wpmp_transcoder.php</pre>

= Make the themes directory writable =

*The web server also needs to have write-access to the themes folder `wp-content/themes`, as it installs themes in that directory as part of the plugin activation. If you have installed the plugin with WordPress 2.7, this may already be the case. Otherwise, or if you see errors when activating the plugin, you will need to set the permissions on that folder appropriately.

Ensure that the `themes` flags are `rwxrwxrwx`, or whatever you choose in order to be web-server-writable, using a similar technique to that above.

:: This is the Basic conversion process, there is also a Comprehensive option which seems a little more complicated, so I did not present it. ::

So why should we as Web Designers convert our sites to a .mobi format? Well, for one, the market is estimated to grow by 700% over the next few years! Mobile sites also offer better search engine performance. Every .mobi domain gets its own entry in the Internet Zone File which are files that search engines use to start their crawls. If that is not reason enough, obviously .mobi names are designed for mobile use. There are still a lot of great names available because it is still so new. ICANN made .mobi the only authorized top-level domain for finding mobile content. That is huge because it means that subject searches can be easily found & navigated. Lastly, the industry heavyweight companies like Google, Microsoft & Nokia help to drive this agenda forward at an exponential rate.

So what is so great about Word-press’s mobile converter pack?

The pack contains the following functionality:
•    Mobile switcher to detect mobile visitors and provide an appropriate experience
•    Base mobile theme for quick-and-easy XHTML-MP compliance
•    Extended mobile themes so you can unleash your mobile creativity
•    Transcoding and device adaptation to optimize the mobile experience
•    DeviceAtlas integration for world-class adaptation
•    Mobile admin panel for when posts can’t wait
•    Mobile ad widget to make you some money
•    Barcode widget to help users bookmark your blog

Another option for .mobi conversations:
•    mobiForge: http://mobiforge.com/ (::My Favorite!!::)
•    dotMobi: http://pc.mtld.mobi/

So, what are you waiting for? Convert your home page to a mobile format today to get yourself a competitive edge.

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