Posts Tagged ‘Mobile Device’
Instant Mobile WordPress Blog with WPtouch – Turn your existing WordPress Blog into a Mobile optimised site in just seconds with WPtouch. WPtouch is a WordPress Plugin which optimises your WordPress site for various Mobile platforms including; iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Some themes are Responsive and adapt well to Mobile devices, others don’t adapt quite so easily, how would you like to provide your mobile viewers with an an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog, optimised for their device?
How do you get an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog
WPtouch works by detecting devices like iPhones, iPads, Android Phones and Tablets and more, then serving its optimised themes instead of your regular desktop theme. Mobile visitors can switch between the Mobile or Desktop theme if they choose, so that they are not forced to view the Mobile site if they don’t want to.
Site with Mobile Optimisation
Viewing the ComputerSpot site on a Samsung Galaxy S3 normally looks like the image on the left, you can see the mobile optimised version of the same pages below:-
Viewed on the Samsung Galaxy S3 you can see that the ComputerSpot website looks very similar on the standard (Android 4.1) mobile browser as when it is viewed on a standard Desktop browser, like Google Chrome or FireFox.
Install the Free version of the WPtouch WordPress plugin and your site immediately starts to look different on a mobile device. Even before you start changing any of the WPtouch Settings you have a Mobile Optimised version of your site.
The Free Version of the WPtouch plugin optimises for generic mobile devices, Learn more about WPtouch Pro » and you can see that the Pro version then adds specific optimisations for the iPad and the iPhone 4 Retina Display.
Some of the other differences between the Free version and WPtouch Pro include:-
- Create mobile sites as Web Apps
- Use of WordPress 3 Custom Menus
- Multi Level Menu Support
- iPhone Retina Display Support
- Select different Themes
- Skeleton Template included
Instant Mobile WordPress Blog
As you can see the original site (above) and the mobile optimised site on the right look very different. Click on either image to see them full size in a pop-up lightbox window.
The Instant Mobile WordPress Blog on the right is using the default settings from the Free version of WPtouch. So even with the Free version you instantly get a professional looking mobile WordPress blog site.
Adding the WPtouch Pro Plugin to your WordPress site to get an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog is much quicker and simpler than changing your existing WordPress Theme for a Responsive Theme. It also means that your current Desktop Users will continue to see your established theme, they will only see the Mobile Theme if they view it from a Mobile Phone, Android Tablet or iPad.
If you use the WPtouch Pro module then you have full control over how the site will look, so if you run a WordPress Blog and want to attract and keep mobile visitors with an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog then WPtouch Pro is the best option available.
Switching between Views
By default the Mobile Optimised site will be offered up to all mobile devices.
What is Plan B?
At some point we have all had that heart stopping moment when we realise that ‘I can’t Find My Phone’. Plan B is the first and only ‘find my phone’ app that you download AFTER you’ve already lost your phone.
I can’t find my Phone – Now what do I do?
Imagine that you have just lost your mobile phone. You are starting to panic because you realising ‘I can’t find my phone’ and that you don’t have a backup of the information that’s on there, the Contacts, the photos etc. If you have an Android phone go to Plan B and follow the simple steps to find my phone again:
Go to the Android Market
Go to the Plan B Android Market Page from any computer. You can just go to the Android Market and search for ‘Plan B’.
Install Plan B to Find My Phone
Click the Install Button as shown on the left.
If you are not logged into your Google account you will be prompted to do so before the application can be downloaded from the Android Market to your mobile phone.
Plan B will be installed as soon as your phone has a network connection, either a Wi-Fi connection or a 3G connection.
It will take a minute or so to download and install the Plan B application to your phone. This will depend on the network connection speed that is available, bear in mind that you have lost your phone so it may be switched off or in a building with a poor signal.
If the phone is powered off when you attempt to install the software it will be queued and Plan B will be installed once the phone is powered back on and has network connectivity. As soon as it can Plan B will try to find my phone and report back its location by email.
Note: Plan B will attempt to verify that its is compatible with your phone, you can see in this case that it has identified by phone and the local carrier.
Confirm your Phone
Once you have pressed ‘Install’ Plan B will confirm the phone that you want to install (push) Plan B to. Just make sure that it is correct before you go ahead with the installation.
Click on the Install button in the lower left hand corner of the Checkout page. (assuming the phone is correct).
At this point you can relax and go and get a coffee and leave it to Plan B to Find my Phone. You now need to login to your GMail account so that you can receive the email once Plan B has installed and found your phone.
Plan B will start automatically as soon as it has installed and then send your phones location to your Gmail account. Plan B has been able to find my phone will send updates for a 10 minute period.
To locate your phone again after 10 minutes just text the word “locate” to your mobile number. At this point Plan B will spring into action again and find my phone again for me.
Plan B can Find My Phone
Plan B was able to find my phone and send me a map and its co-ordinates. Its a very clever piece of software and will try different methods to try and find my phone.
After you install it, Plan B will start locating your phone using cell towers and GPS.
On some phones, Plan B can switch GPS on automatically.
Your location will keep updating for 10 minutes, and you will get an email each time it is located, whether the phone is moving or standing still.
You can start the process again by texting “locate” to your number from any other phone.
How does Plan B Find My Phone?
- You’ll get one email message when Plan B starts, and up to 5 other messages as it refines your phone’s location or tracks it as it moves.
- Each location email will include an accuracy rating in meters.
- Plan B will attempt to launch as soon as it downloads, but in some cases you will need to send an SMS to get it started.
- Note that your location is only sent to the Gmail address that is already associated with your phone; nobody else can access your location using Plan B
Plan B was able to find my phone and give me an accurate location, it was sat on my desk in the office.
I can find my Phone – I need to protect it now
Having Lookout on your phone is the best way to protect your phone and find it fast, but use Plan B if you have already lost your Android phone, or Tablet and didn’t have Lookout installed. So get Lookout to protect your phone and important information, but if you haven’t installed Lookout before loosing your phone fall back to Plan B and then Find my Phone.