Believe it or not, I've been living the last six weeks without a home that has internet. It's crazy, I know! How does a blogger survive without internet? Well, these days we're lucky to have mobile devices, like iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, HTC Touches… a whole host of options to browsing the web on the go. I have an iPhone now, and am quite happy with the accessibility, however, browsing websites isn't quite the same on a tiny hand-held device. Things like sidebars, and columns become difficult, as you're constantly scrolling around, zooming in and out. It's a chore.
Create a Mobile Version
I've noticed that some blogs have already launched a mobile version of their blogs. PR Couture was the first one I came across, and nearly fell out of my chair. Crosby Norricks, the site owner shared that she uses the WP touch plug-in on her WordPress self-hosted blog. I've checked around and there seems to be a load of different options, like Mobify.me, MobilePress and a few more, but WPtouch seems to be the easiest, most reliable, and fastest loading plug-in out there. Unfortunately, most the easy mobile plug-ins are geared towards WordPress users, but I'm sure that it will soon change as more people use mobile devices to access the internet on the go.
One IFB member, Elodie of Eleanore Bridge took the WP Touch plug-in and tweaked the CSS to match her full blog version, right down to an easy to use English translation link as her blog is in French…
If you're not as CSS savvy as Elodie, it's ok, the WPtouch also has loads of options in the dashboard where you can customize your mobile version. It only took a few moments with the IFB site to create a lean and easy to load version:
Either way, it's probably better to start thinking about creating mobile versions of you blog, or at the very least, keep your eye out for plug-ins for your platform. Think about how much more you're using mobile devices, and how much nicer it is when a website has an app, or at least a mobile friendly design for the site. From personal experience, in the past month, I can say that most sites aren't very mobile friendly (including my own). Not taking a few extra steps for mobile users might after all, deter interaction those who might be hanging out somewhere thinking about reading your blog.
Have you made a mobile friendly design for your blog? Which platform did you use?