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Blooooody nightmare things… computers that is, not kids!! πŸ˜†

Instead of bashing something and cursing I am looking at what I can do about it in order to sort it out, seems like the best option stress wise!

If there is one thing that will always ring true regarding the internet and computers, it will be constant change, nothing stands still longer than two damn minutes.

Are we all missing readers due to the changes in technology and internet use?

Let’s face it, the way people connect to the web and use it is changing due to the fact more and more use mobile devices these days, many of my friends almost never switch their PC’s or laptops on,Β preferringΒ to just use their smart phones.

Should we format for mobiles too

Considering how many of my own friends use mobiles these days, I am wondering if it would be wise to cater for mobiles with the blogs as well, which I am sure is doable but not sure what is the best way to do that, maybe one of you smart readers will know. πŸ˜‰

Even as simple as just the post content being readable would be better than nothing at all.

It’s not just blogs, ebooks are another thing that has now another market to cater for, the kindle and similar “ebook readers” userbase is only going to grow.

MinimalismΒ may just be the way forward with blogging, I know that look has been around a while now, less is more but with the fact google will also take into account site and blog load speed, with less code and bloating, less of everything really… that minimal concept looks more appealing in ways other than looks.

What do you think?

If you are a blogger, a mobile user I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts, please do comment…

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  • May 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Hey Rob,

    Technology is constantly changing and if we are going to cater to our online audience then its important to make content delivery compatible with the most popular devices, especially with the use of mobile on the rise.

    You can find some ideas of how to make a mobile friendly blog at this address: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/11-ways-to-create-a-mobile-friendly-wordpress-site/ Hope it helps πŸ™‚
    .-= Robyn@Sam’s Web Guide – Web Tutorials´s last blog ..10 Powerful Techniques For Saving A Failing Blog =-.

    • May 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for pointing them out to me, I wondered, would that be changing themes, I was thinking is it possible to just have the content on a subdomain, so I still have the blog on this theme on the web, and a subdomained one for mobiles?

      Or is there no need to worry about that sort of thing?

      Thanks for the reply by the way and welcome to the blog. πŸ™‚
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Bloggerluv, use it and share the luv =-.

      • May 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm

        Thanks for the welcome Rob.

        There are a couple of plugins at the link I provided that automatically transforms your wordpress blog into a mobile friendly version. So you would not need a new theme or domain. Unfortunately I don’t have much experience with the plugins. I actually just stumbled upon that resource.

        I’ll give it a try though and let you know what I think.
        .-= Robyn@Sam’s Web Guide – Web Tutorials´s last blog ..10 Powerful Techniques For Saving A Failing Blog =-.

        • May 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm

          Great stuff… sounds like what I need, a simple solution that would be. πŸ™‚

          Be very interested in your experience with it should you try it.

          May well try that out myself and see what happens, looking forward to trying wordpress 3 too. πŸ˜‰
          .-= rob sellen@portland bill´s last blog ..Portland Bill site possibly changing, again… =-.

  • May 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I started using a WordPress plugin sometime back for my blog that caters for those using a mobile and did notice an increase in hits via mobile devices, even had a few from iPads!

    So it’s probably best to have a blog viewable on as many devices/formats as possible πŸ˜‰
    .-= Karen @ Blazing Minds´s last blog ..How To Write a Twitter Bio That Gains You More Followers =-.

  • May 11, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Wow Rob I wasn’t even thinking about that and may explain why blogs seem to have less comments etc. I would try on of those mobi plugins for sure.
    Since people don’t read my blog online I don’t have to worry about them using a cellie πŸ˜›
    Site’s looking awesome
    Thanks for being supportive like I always thought blogging was going to be πŸ™‚

    • May 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      Hey John,

      You ain’t the only one mate, I only thought about it due to some of my own friends mentioning they only use their mobiles… facebook works on them and people are happy.

      I think it probably has been a big reason commenting on less has dropped… few years ago you could only see it on the web.

      Think I will have try a plug in, see how it fares. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for your support too mate. πŸ˜€
      .-= rob sellen@portland bill´s last blog ..Portland Bill community’s new portal =-.

  • May 12, 2010 at 2:15 am

    As a rule, I think simple is good when it comes to websites, blogs, or anything online. Aside from download time, I figure that the more code there is, the more things there are to go wrong.

    I’m a blogger, but not a mobile user – but it’s obvious I should be learning more about making my blogs more widely accessible.

    • May 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Brian,

      I agree, clean and simple just works. πŸ™‚
      I added the WPtouch plug in and it works fine, a few friends say they can now read the blog on their mobiles… that was nice and simple.

      Worth doing for any blogger, the mobile market is only going to grow.

      Thanks for the comment Brian. πŸ™‚
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Adsense, beginning of the end or time to adapt =-.

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  • May 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I must admit I never gave mobile users a second thought until I read this article. It is a huge potential market…I’m out of here, I better go check out some of those plugins…

    • May 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm

      Glad you read it now πŸ˜‰

      There is a list of good ones in the first reply on this thread, above. I went with WPtouch in the end, seems to do the job great.
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..A moment to ponder =-.


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