10 WordPress Plugins for Mobile Web

We’ve entered the mobile web era several years ago and now we can observe the rapid development of the technologies related to the mobile web sphere. There is a long road ahead and a huge number of important innovations must be embodied, but even now there is a lot of successful achievements that you may start using even today.

The blogosphere in general and WordPress software are the pioneers of the mobile web and today we are going to share with you some of the best plugins that would connect your cell, tablet or other mobile device with the world of WordPress. Here you’ll find extensions that would open mobile web for your blog and will let you control your website just by clicking several buttons on your phone. Perhaps some of you will say these are not exactly the WordPress plugins in a way that we’re used to, however we believe it’s not about how you call it – it’s all about functionality. We’re sure that all of the plugins and tools presented here will greatly simplify the process of converting your blog for mobile web. Please don’t forget to share your opinion in the comments section, we really want to know about your experience of working with mobile versions of blogs – either as an editor or a viewer.

1. WordPress Mobile Edition

WordPress Mobile is a great software that detects mobile web browser and shows an interface that is specifically designed for the visitors who browse via their mobile or tablet devices. Also you can customize the list of browsers supported by this plugin.

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2. WordPress Mobile Pack

This is a toolkit that helps you to prepare your WordPress-powered website for mobile web with original mobile themes switcher, specialized widgets, device adaptation and mobile admin panels for the users. So, basically you can post on your website by using your mobile device.

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3. Mobile Admin

Mobile Admin is about adapting WordPress UI to be more user-friendly on various mobile devices including iPhone and iPod touch. Among its most essential features we should mark out the dashboard section, “manage posts” page, “manage profile” page and plugins support.

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4. WPtouch

This plugin transforms your blog into iPhone application-styled theme. By using admin panel you can customize theme’s style, making it more user-friendly for the mobile users.

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5. MobilePress

MobilePress properly renders your website for various mobile devices with the ability to use original themes customized for the mobile web. Another great thing about this plugin is that you can serve ads from some of the biggest mobile ad networks (Quattro Wireless, Buzzcity, Admob).

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6. WordPress Multi Site Mobile Edition

This is a mobile version of famous WordPress plugin which installs a theme that is specifically designed to make your website look more customized for the mobile web. It is compatible with WordPress 3.0 and later versions. Frankly speaking this is a great solution for those who want to represent their blog network on the mobile web .

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7. WordPress for Android

This wonderful plugin was created for all Android fans that want to stay in touch with their blogs via Android phones. You can manage posts, edit comments and pages on your blog via a simple admin panel created for Android users.

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8. WordPress for iOS

WordPress for iOS is quite similar to the previous item in our list, the only major difference is that this one is aimed at satisfying iPhone and iPad users. As you may have guessed, you can edit posts, moderate comments via this great software.

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9. BuddyPress Mobile

This is a WordPress theme optimized for iPhone, iPod touch, Android and some of BlackBerry devices. By installing this plugin users of these devices will see a mobile-optimized version of your blog.

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10. WPtap Mobile Detector

WPtap detects the type of the mobile browser used by the visitor and activates the theme that you have chosen for it. You may set various themes for different browsers that would speed up the performance.

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11 Ways To Boost Your Blog Readership

Starting a blog is an exciting venture. Whether you’re doing it to help promote your business or just as a personal enrichment activity, it’s your chance to broadcast your ideas to the world. But, as excited as you are about your posts, it will take some time before you build up a significant reader base that is also excited about your posts.

Here are eight easy tips you can utilize to help boost your blog readership from the beginning of your online writing adventure. Follow these tactics and you’re likely to see a boost in stats in the days and weeks that follow.

1. Network

Get involved in the blogging community and network with other bloggers. If they start to mention your blog in their posts, their readers will be intrigued and will check out your blog. There are forums and special events that you can participate in to meet the other bloggers. You can also network by reaching out to other bloggers whose blogs you respect.

2. Promote it in your email signature

Think of your email signature as a digital business card. It’s where you can provide your contacts with your pertinent contact information. By including your blog URL in your signature, those who you communicate with will have easy, instant access to your site.

3. Add to forum signatures

Online forums are another fantastic place to promote your blog. There are forums about every subject, so it will be easy for you to find one or more with people who have similar interests to what are discussed in your blog. By adding it to your forum signature, your blog URL will appear in every thread in which you post. It’s a subtle way to gain readers and will look less self-promoting than just adding posts that are asking people to read your blog.

4. Give something valuable  for free

No, you are not going to loose money in the process. Something valuable could be in the form of an eBook, a report, audio file, screencast etc that you made. You can offer this as a bonus to users who subscribe to your blog. This technique is usually used with an email signup tied to an autoresponder.

5. Build a landing page for subscribers

This option can go really well with the “giving something away for free” option. You can build a squeeze page whose soul purpose is to convert the visitor into a reader by giving them something valuable for free then you drive traffic to this landing page.

6. Engage your readers by encouraging commenting

It’s not only important to gain new readers but also to ensure that they will keep visiting your blog. That’s why it’s important to get them engaged.One way to engage your readers is to pose questions to them; ask them for their opinions, advice and experiences as they relate to your blog post. After all, who doesn’t love to provide others with their advice and opinions?!

7. Put it on business cards

Business cards are inexpensive and easy to have made. Business people have been publishing their website information on their business cards for years, so why not include information about a blog? Even if your blog isn’t connected directly to a business, you can have business cards made with your blog information.

8. Submit your URL to search engines

Search engines don’t automatically detect every single website that is ever created. Sometimes you need to speed up the cataloging process by submitting your URL to the search engines. The popular engines often will have a “submit” link that you can utilize to add your blog.Keep in mind, just because you submit your URL doesn’t mean it’s going to appear on the first page of results. Nonetheless, getting your blog listed with Google, Yahoo, and the likes, is a great first step.

9. Utilize tags

Once you have your blog listed with the search engines, tags will help ensure that it appears more frequently in search results. With each posting, pick three to five main subjects to tag. The tags that are often most searched are people’s names.

10. Set up an RSS feed

Readers who utilize your feed will easily be able to access your new posts as they are published. This is a great tool to retain your current readership! If you use WordPress as your blogging platform then you get this by default.

11. Make it easy to subscribe

Offer an email subscription option as well as the RSS subscription. Some readers just like the good old email subscription method. Make sure the subscription option is easily visible to your site’s visitors (some people have a tendency to go out of their way to make it hard to find).

I am sure I haven’t covered all the easy ways to boost your blog readership techniques so please feel free to share your tips in the comment area below.

About the Author: Daniela Baker is a blogger and social media advocate at the credit card comparison website, www.creditdonkey.com

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6 Best JQuery Lightbox Scripts to Show Your Images Using Lightbox Effect

Do you remember life without the lightbox? It wasn’t that long ago, yet lightboxes are popping up everywhere, literally. In 2006, the first lightbox script was released by Lokesh Dhakar and has become a staple for websites and blogs alike. Though they’re mainly used for larger items, even companies like Facebook have adopted lightboxes to display photos in an easy-to-see, easy-to-scroll manner. The original javascript had plenty of good qualities, but it became widely adopted when web developers started making their own lightbox applications.

The original Lightbox has not been lost in newer formats. In contrast, lightboxes have been improved and now incorporate features and functions that enhance the overall quality and user-experience. It is hard to rank the best scripts in any specific order because they all have been crafted extremely well. Choosing the best script for your site will really come down to coding preferences.

Fancybox

Fancybox has taken a pretty direct approach and is an upgrade from pure javascript to jQuery. The overall appearance of this lightbox is like the name says, fancy. The interface is clean and displays images and associated caption text nicely. In addition to looking nice, this script displays HTML elements, SWF movies, iframes and AJAX requests. This script is truly a techie’s dream come true.

FancyBox Lightbox Demo
FancyBox Lightbox Demo 

In addition to delivering such great features, you can customize this Lightbox to your liking with CSS, choose to display a drop shadow under the frame, or employ “fancy” transitions for true customization. The possibilities with this script are almost endless, making it a great fit for many.

Shadowbox

Though it doesn’t have the same aesthetic appeal as Fancybox, Shadowbox has plenty to offer for those who are interested in it. This script is highly customizable allowing you to adapt it to your specific needs. The code is both lightweight and neat which delivers supreme flexibility for editing and tweaking the default script.

Shadowbox Lighbox Demo
Shadowbox Lighbox Demo 

Shadowbox can display images, HTML, Falsh, SWF movies, Quicktime and even external websites. The framework for this application has not been fixed in place which makes it an exceptional choice for sites with highly specific needs. In addition to being able to modify and manipulate the code to the framework you like best, it can be used as a standalone application.

jQuery.popeye2

jQuery.popeye is an advanced image gallery script built on the JavaScript library jQuery. Use it to save space when displaying a collection of images and offer your users a nice and elegant way to show a big version of your images without leaving the page flow.

JQuery Popeye Lightbox Demo
JQuery Popeye Lightbox Demo 

ColorBox

ColorBox helps bridge the gap created by Fancybox’s aesthetic appeal and the flexible and lightweight code of Shadowbox. ColorBox strives to deliver a customized lightbox to their user that is unique every time. This helps the end-user deliver easy accessibility, W3C standards and good design and internet practices.

Colorbox Lightbox Demo
Colorbox Lightbox Demo 

Like most in its class, ColorBox supports photos, file grouping, slideshows, AJAX, inline and iframed content. Users can customize the application through CSS and it has been written in jQuery allowing it to be chained with additional jQuery commands. Proving just how lightweight and easy-to-use it is, ColorBox uses less than 9kb of javascript coding which can be extended using callbacks and event hooks without ever having to edit source files.

PrettyPhoto

If you’re just interested in a very simple lightbox, PrettyPhoto is in essence a clone that has been built on jQuery. It doesn’t support as many files as other scripts but it does deliver the basics with support for images, videos, flash, YouTube and iframes. This script is easy to get running and has a nice, simplistic appearance. Though it is not fully customizable, it does have some flexibility that should allow you to alter it to fulfill your needs.

PrettyPhoto Lightbox Demo
PrettyPhoto Lightbox Demo 

Lightbox2

Though improvements and breakthroughs in code have greatly modified the original lightbox, it is still a script well-worth using. What it lacks in features and increased functionality, it makes up for with its recognizable and respected interface. This model for the modern day lightbox is simple, features lightweight code, and easy to setup and use for those less interested in fancy features, colorful frames and enhanced editing.

Lightbox2 Lightbox Demo
Lightbox2 Lightbox Demo 

No matter which script you are more attracted to or interface you find more appealing, one thing is sure – lightboxes have revolutionized the way we display images and videos on the internet. With a wide range of options and customizable features, developers are sure to find a script that matches their coding and visual presentation needs. If not, you can always tweak the code.

If you are looking for a video lightbox plugin for WordPress site then checkout the WordPress Video Lightbox Plugin

About the Author: Katie Campbell is an editor for Bestcovery.com where she writes software and internet reviews. She became interested in lightboxes when they first started lighting up her screen and as the owner of an image library of over 3,000 files, takes a keen interest in their development.

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