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This course shows how to create a mobile version of an existing WordPress web site by leveraging ready-made solutions. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen demonstrates how to install and configure three different plugins: WP Mobile Detector, which automatically detects the visitor's mobile device type and displays an auto-formatted theme; WPtouch, which transforms a site into an iPhone application-style theme with just a few clicks; and the WordPress Mobile Pack toolkit for making more fine-tuned adjustments. Morten also covers modifying the appearance of the mobile site and tracking its analytics and other stats. This course offers a variety of ways to get a stylish and nimble mobile site up and running quickly, without having to edit any code.
The WP Mobile Detector plug-in comes with its own set of settings and configuration options. But before we look at that, I am just going to address something that you see right here on the Dashboard. This happens quite a lot when you install new plug-ins in WordPress, different plug-ins may serve up new content that you see on your Dashboard. In this case, the WP Mobile Detector adds this WP Mobile Detector Updates panel on the Dashboard. If you don't want to see this, you can either collapse it, you can grab it and move it somewhere else, or you can go to Screen Options and turn it off completely.
This is completely optional, and it's just something I wanted to address because people tend to ask about it. Now to look at the settings, at the very bottom of our menu, you see that we now have WP Mobile Detector as an option and under here, you can go to Settings and see the settings that come with this plug-in. The settings are fairly basic and they are basically on off switches for different functions. You can decide to use the mobile statistics function they comes with for WP Mobile Detector you see it here under stats, yes or no. You can give credit to WordPress Mobile Detector with a footer link, yes or no, default to set the no.
You can choose to Show a dashboard widget, and you can also choose whether you want to show the mobile theme to tablet devices. This is maybe the most important setting because in many cases the mobile themes to really work all by well on tablet devices. So in many cases you may want to consider turning this off especially for using a responsive theme for the rest of your web site. For each of these options you have an Update button so you don't have the keep saving the whole page and then going back and changing option, and you can experiment with these and see what you think, but like I said, they're fairly basic settings.
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