How To Make A Mobile Version Of Your Blog For FREE

With the number of people online, using mobile phones is increasing day by day it has become very important to have a mobile version of your own blog. After writing the post on mobile marketing on my blog I realized that there are a lot of bloggers out there who don’t know to set up a mobile version of their blogs so I decided to write this post.

But before I jump into the step-by-step guide let me walk you through why it is important to have a mobile version of your blog.

You may already have seen that mega websites like Facebook, Google and other big blogs like Huffington Post, How-To-Geek, Famous Bloggers etc have mobile version of their website. Its because of the fact that more people hang around with their mobile and use it for browsing the Internet and finding stuff now a days like never before.

These big brands know the value of having mobile version of their website and so should you. Today with more people using mobile than internet (according to a study) you need to have a mobile version of your blog so that if the visitors somehow stumble on your website using their mobile phone, your blog looks clean and loads up fast.

There are a lot of disadvantages of a desktop based websites/blog when loaded using a mobile phone. Some of them are:

  • Large Page Sizes – As the desktop version of a website/blog contains a lot of stuff, the page size is very large especially when we talk about loading them up in a mobile browser.
  • More Page Load Time – Large sized WebPages need more time to load and as the speed of internet on mobile phones is limited, the load time can piss off your visitors.
  • More content – In the desktop version of your website you have all sorts of different components such as sidebar, footer, fancy css and java scripts etc. These cause distraction when browsing your blog using a mobile browser as the size of the screen is very small.

So it’s best to have a mobile version of your blog so that your visitors will feel more comfortable browsing through and read your content. After all helping visitors solve their problem is the only thing that is going to make them stick with you. Isn’t it?

So let me process to the step-by-step guide.

Step-By-Step Guide To Create A Mobile Version Of Your Blog In WordPress For FREE

If you have finally made up your mind that you need a mobile version of your WordPress blog follow these instructions and by the end of this post you’d have made your own mobile version blog.

1. Go to Plugins > Add Plugins from your WordPress backend and search for WordPress Mobile Pack. This plugin automatically detects when a user is trying to access your blog using a mobile phone and redirects to the optimized mobile version of your blog.

Step 1

2. From the list of results install WordPress Mobile Pack and click Activate button to install the plugin that comes on the next page.

Step 2

3. After installing the plugin, go to Appearance. You’ll see three new tabs there Mobile Theme, Mobile Widget and Mobile Switcher. These are used to configure how your mobile website looks. First go to Mobile Themes. In this page you have all the necessary options to make changes to you mobile blog. Keep in mind to make the following changes to the setting for best results.

Step 3

4. Now get your mobile phone and try to open your website from its browser. You’ll see the difference. All the fluff is gone and only pure content is left.

5. There are two more options that this plugin provides: Mobile Widget – which is used for enable  widget and Mobile Swithcer – which is used for selecting a theme. I don’t recommend enabling the sidebar widgets as it creates hindrance and does not look good.

6. The website looks raw when you first install it with just text in it. You can change the theme using the Mobile Switcher. There are four themes to choose from. Choose the one that suits your blog the most.

This way you can convert your desktop based blog in to a mobile version blog. If you are an advanced user and know about HTML and CSS then you can go to Themes > Editor and customize the theme as per your requirement. This gives you the power to add your blog’s logo, alter font sizes and color of the mobile version blog.

So after installing the plugin and tweaking up the source files a bit, here how my blog now looks like on a mobile browser:

Before-after

HOW TO: Backup WordPress Blog To Dropbox

Regular backup procedure is a must-do thing for any blogger. Your blog is your life, it defined you. If something goes wrong it gives away a bad impression about you to your reader base. So it’s better to have a backup as an extra measure to face a disaster.

What I used to do was create a backup in hosting control panel and save it in my hard drive periodically. But hard drives are highly unreliable. Any moment it could stop working. As a solution what I did was download the backup and put it in Dropbox. It was a good plan and now the backup is saved in two different locations.

But still I have to do it manually. Still human factor applies and system is unreliable. What I really needed was a way to automatically send a backup of my WordPress blog to Dropbox directly, in a given frequency. Here we go with the solution!

Getting Started With WordPress Backup to Dropbox

  • Login to your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins -> add new.
  • Search for (WordPress Backup to Dropbox) plugin and install it.
  • It will add a new menu item to WordPress dashboard as shown below.

Menu

  • In the initial run you will get the below message asking to authorize it with Dropbox. Press continue.

Authorize-DropBox

  • It will take you to Dropbox website and there you have to give the permission to use Dropbox by pressing allow.

Allow-DropBox

  • Now you are good to go. Go back to WPB2D -> backup settings. Now you will be able to see the actual control panel and options.
  • There, set the backup location, day/time, frequency and excluded folders as you need. Click on save changes once you are done.
  • That’s it! You are done with the configuration. Now it will automatically backup your WordPress blog to your Dropbox in a given location, at a given time and frequency. It’s totally automated. You can sit back and relax.
  • If you like to start backup process now, go to WPB2D -> Backup log and click on start backup. Right there you will be able to see the progress as well.

Backup-Log

  • In the setting page you have options to unlink account, see next scheduled backup and clear history.

This is truly a complete and automated backup solution for your WordPress blog. In this case your blog will be stored in Dropbox servers and it will get synced in to your hard drive, at two different geographical locations.

Now you might ask the next big question. Backup of server folder is not really enough for full restore of a WordPress blog. You need database backup as well. Where is it?

Good question! And the good news is yes, this plugin is backing us your database as well. You can find it in wp-content -> Backups. It will create two SQL scripts for main database as well as plugin settings.

Final doubt is also solved. This is definitely a must-use plugin for every WordPress blog and whole solution comes totally FREE. Try this out and share your experience as a comment below.

Retweet & Win SEOPressor WordPress Plugins Worth 291$

After a long time, we are back with another Giveaway. Seriously I hate this formal introduction, but I really mean it. We were planning on conducting a Giveaway, but lot of disasters happened, but this one made it. SEO (Search Engine Optimization), people spent almost 40% of their blogging time for optimizing their blogs for search engines, and it is wiping their precious time. Having a plugin like SEOPressor can make a difference.

Honestly this is not ‘just’ another SEO plugin to boost your blog’s performance, this is something made exclusive for WordPress blogs.


I installed “All in one SEO plugin”, what difference does this plugin make?

It is a different chapter actually. SEOPressor can perform lot more than you think.

Analyses Title, H1, H2 and H3 Tags

Your title and heading tags are the most important factors that can influence your search engine ranking. SEOPressor will analyse your title and heading tags and intelligently suggest changes to them for the best proven optimization.

Analyses Keyword Density and Content Length

It has been tested and proven countless of times that Search Engines especially Google likes longer than shorter content. Your keyword density is also an important factor that can influence how you rank. SEOPressor will analyse both of them and suggest changes you can make to improve your optimization.

SEOPressor

[In this picture you can see the blog posts and their SEO Scores in SEOPressor. On the right, you see Google Analytics showing the TOP landing pages of the website. The top landing pages are the ones bringing in heavy traffic and visitors.]

Analyses The Exact Placement of Your Keyword

SEOPressor not only analyses your keyword, it also intelligently takes into account the exact placement of your keywords. The exact placement of your keyword in your content will determind how well you rank on Search Engines.

Analyses Images and Links

Images and linking structures have a huge impact on your ranking. SEOPressor will analyse images and links on your content and suggest changes you can make for higher search engine ranking.

Analyses Font Decorations

Decorations such as bold, italic and underline all have great impact over your on-page optimization. SEOPressor analyses them and suggest changes you can make to help search engines understand your content better.

SEOPressor Options

[When you click on the suggestions link, you will see a list of tweaks you can do to improve SEO score]

Intelligently Bold, Italize and Underline Your Keywords

Font decorations are known to have great influence over how a document rank on search engines. SEOPressor will help you bold, italize and underline your keywords on-the-fly.

Intelligently Add ALT Tag to Your Images

Images’ ALT tags can be used to improve your on-page optimization. SEOPressor will automatically add your keyword to your images thus optimizing them for best search engines benefit.


How to Win SEOPressor Plugin?

Same old rules, just retweet this post, maybe similar to the below mentioned format, and share the tweet status on the comments.

Retweet & Win SEOPressor WordPress Plugins Worth 291$ : http://hbb.me/116

To avoid unnecessary problems, I kindly request you to comment here with the Tweet status URL. You can refer the below picture :

Tweet URL

SEOPressor offered us 3 free copies, SEOPressor UNLIMITED worth 97$, so I need to pick the winners randomly. I’ll be using Random.org or any other Online List Randomizers.

We will be conducting more Giveaways this year, to get quick updates about Contests and Giveaways, you can subscribe to our RSS Feeds.


Key Features of SEOPressor Multi-site License Plugin

  • Unlimited Domains
  • Top Priority Support
  • Free Life-time Updates
  • Free Installation Service

Note : This Giveaway will be live for 3 days, entries after that will not be considered. Giveaway ends on August 18th, 2011.

Note 2 : Due to the recent downtime HBB faced, we are expanding this Giveaway to another 3 days. This Giveaway now ends on August 23th, 2011.


Winners of SEOPressor WordPress Plugin

Finally, the winners are :

1. Isha Singh
2. Jorie Bell
3. Alan Tay

Congratulations to the winners. Out of almost 60+ contestants we picked them using Random.org, you can check the picture below. The winners will be contacted ASAP.

SEOPressor Winners

Thanks for all the participants, and this is not the end, we are planning to conduct lots of giveaways, so stay tuned. Thanks.

Add “Suggest to Techmeme” Button On WordPress Blog

Earlier we shared “Add to Kindle” button and Facebook “Send button, now something to bring you direct traffic. If you are not aware about Techmeme, it is a popular news aggregator site. Get featured in Techmeme, and you can expect 1000s of visits to your site.

Why You Should Add This Button On Your Blog?

If ‘breaking news’ is something your blog gives, then you must try this. Techmeme displays all the trending and breaking technology news. Getting featured on Techmeme as several advantages. Your blog gets good traffic and it will also get good exposure.

How To Add “Suggest to Techmeme” Button?

Tip Techmeme ButtonTechmeme uses Twitter to get most of their news/tips. To send a tip to Techmeme, just include “Tip @Techmeme” or “Tip @TechmemeFH” in your message along with the URL of the news story you’d like to appear. Check the below image for example :

Tip Techmeme

You can try Sociable – “Suggest to Techmeme” WordPress plugin for creating a exclusive button for it. Then your readers can also tip Techmeme, thus increasing the chance for getting featured.

[Download “Suggest to Techmeme” plugin]

HOW TO: Exclude Certain Posts From Homepage And Feed [WORDPRESS]

Writing lots of paid/sponsored reviews irrelevant to your main content? Writing lots of editorial and announcement posts? Writing about your personal infos on your niche blog? Oops, I forget to say, you are doing a bad job. You know, it spoils your whole content. You will lose lots of readers and RSS subscribers because of that.

So what you can do now? Give less importance or exposure to it! Stealth Publish WordPress plugin helps you for that.

This plugin prevent specified posts from being featured on the front page or in feeds, and from notifying external services of publication. Beneficial in instances where you want to publish new content without any fanfare and just want the post added to archive and category pages and its own permalink page. Install Stealth Publish plugin and check this box “Stealth publish?”

Stealth Publish

If you check that, the post will not be visible on the front page and in the main feed. Also check other alternatives if you are not comfortable with this.

Note : A stealth published post will also not notify any external services about the publication. This includes not sending out pingbacks, trackbacks, and pings to update services such as pingomatic.com. This behavior can be overridden via the ‘stealth_publish_silent’ filter.

Create A Mobile Version Of Your Blog Using MoFuse

Mobile HBBSome people think creating a mobile version of a website is difficult or very difficult, but it is indeed is very simple. There are many sites that lets you create a mobile version of your site/blog and MoFuse is one among them. There is no programming part involved in it. Within few seconds you can easily create a mobile based version of your beloved website or blog. You can also an iPhone version of your website or blog. You can also customize and get it personalize by the options in the dashboard. You can also promote your content and make money. You can build and measure your audience. 

Also Check : Make a Mobile Version of your Blog Through Google Reader

First go to MoFuse and register. That’s all . Now all you have to do is to enter your Blog or website URL and your desired Mobile URL (Usually your blog/site URL). You can also add your RSS Feed URL to make your Mobile site updated easily. MoFuse provides you many options to edit the look of your Mobile site. You can change the color of the hyperlink and also insert a logo, if you have one. The logo size should be around 500KB only. You can check the mobile version of HellBound Bloggers for instance. 

 

Creating a Mobile Version Of HellBound Bloggers
Creating a Mobile Version Of HellBound Bloggers

 

There is also a good news for WordPress users. MoFuse has a WordPress plugin that will automatically detect a mobile visitor and it redirects them to your mobile site. This thing requires no hack or no changing in template, just install the plugin, activate and enter the url of your MoFuse mobile site URL. If you are using a MoFuse mobile site, then you should catch this plugin!

 

Wordpress Plugin from MoFuse
Wordpress Plugin from MoFuse

 
You can create a mobile version of your website or blog for free. But if you want to do it professionally means you have to spend little bucks from your wallet . 🙂