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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 last mobile plug-in we're going to look at is also the most popular one, called WPtouch. And as you can see it's been downloaded over 3.5 million times, and that's just the free version. There's also a paid version with far more advanced functionality that is also extremely popular. WPtouch is different from the two other plug-ins we have looked at. In that, this is not a mobile theme switcher, but rather a custom mobile theme. Because of this, the developers have spent far more time looking at graphics, making it look really nice on different devices, and also giving it full support.
That means, lots of customizability and a really consistent layout for everyone. Before we install WPtouch let's make sure the other mobile plug-ins are turned off so we don't get any collisions. So I am going to go and deactivate the WP Mobile Detector plug-in here, and then because I have had some bad experiences with deactivating this particular plug-in before, I am going to go to Appearance > Themes, and make sure that the Twenty Eleven theme is still active. I'll even go to the front page just to check. Because in some rare cases when you deactivate the WP Mobile Detector plug-in for some reason the main theme also gets temporarily deactivated, and you have to reactivate it to make it work, but in this case everything is fine.
Now I can go back to the Dashboard, go to Plug-ins > Add New, and search for WPtouch. I'll install WPtouch, activate it, and when I now open the site on my phone we get a very nice mobile experience. As you see this plug-in has very iPhone inspired look, and it has features like a dropdown menu at the top, a search bar at the top, but the power of WPtouch lies in all the customization you can do with this theme, and that's what we'll look at next.
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