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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 feature in the WP Mobile Detector plug-in is the stats. Again, just like the WordPress Mobile Pack plug-in, WP Mobile Detector has its own built-in stats system. The stats separate the users into three groups, Basic Mobile Devices, Advanced Mobile Devices, and it also tracks Googlebot and Bing Bot so that you know that in some cases these aren't real users. You'll see the stats displayed here, and you can see how many unique users there are based on IP address, and you can also see how many total visits.
You can select between Today, Last 7 Days, or Month-To-Date, and you also get some basic information about the user agent, that is what kind of device was used. Although most of this information can be gathered using a more advanced application like Google Analytics, it's good to have this kind of simple view that just tells you how many people are actually visiting your site using a mobile device. That way you can see what types of device being used and how many people are going back to your site on their mobile device by looking at this Total Visits value.
That way you have an idea of how much time and effort you should put into the mobile version of your site to make it work for those people. If you don't have a lot of mobile visitors, it's not all that important, but if a large percentage of your visitors are using mobile devices, you really should make an experience that is as much tailored to them as possible. Overall, if you compare the two together, the WP Mobile Detector plug-in is easier to use and has more modern themes than the WordPress Mobile Pack plug-in.
However, the WordPress Mobile Pack plug-in has more advanced features and more customizability. So it's a toss up, do you want a more modern look and simpler functionality, or do you want more options?
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