I travel a fair bit on both business and pleasure and when away I become totally reliant on my mobile phone, I don’t use it so much for calls but I do use it extensively for checking email, news (mainly football results), my sites and making the odd blog post.
I use the mobile version of GMail as my mail client, they do have a Java version especially for mobiles but I find their mobile enhanced web version works a treat especially since it’s been improved so that you can perform the same action on multiple messages via check boxes. As I do so much browsing on my mobile I think it makes perfect sense to include a mobile version of some of my sites (the fact that Adsense for mobiles is now live also helped kick me into action).
After doing a bit of Googling research, I came across a cool WordPress plugin by Alex King that automatically creates a mobile version of your WordPress blog, so a quick download and install of this and we’re ready to go. I made a few modifications to the code to make it fit the site and also be more standard compliant (which it still isn’t 100%).
The plug-in will automatically deliver a mobile version of your blog to mobile versions that request it, I decided to register a couple of mobi domains to make it a bit more obvious but all these will do is redirect to the existing site and display accordingly (you can register mobi domains at GoDaddy.)
There are a fair few tools and communities out there to help with developing with mobile sites, you can use this mobile emulator to see what you site looks like in a mobile, there’s also a great mobile page checker that tells you what you need to do to make your page mobile compatible.
I still need to do a bit of work on this and test on more mobiles so if you’re known to do a bit of mobile browsing please check out Self Made Minds or Coolest Gadgets and let us know what you think and you can leave comments via the mobile version too .