It comes with great pride to finally announce what we’ve been working on over the past few months: a WordPress Plugin, built from the ground up to empower bloggers to go beyond responsiveness and “appify” the content of their blog.
The WordPress Mobile Pack was initially developed in 2009, by James Pearce, who is now running Open Source at Facebook, with the contribution of Terence Eden a Mobile Product Manager at O2 UK, and Andrea Trasatti part of Developer Relations, at the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center.
To date the WordPress Mobile Pack has accumulated over half a million downloads.
We’re grateful that we’ve been trusted to completely rebuild the WordPress Mobile Pack into its 2.0 version and we’re dedicated to offering both existing users but also new ones an easy way to build a stylish cross platform mobile web application from their existing content in minutes.
James Pearce explains: “Mobile moves fast, and the tools that developers use to serve billions of devices have to keep up too! I’m really excited to see the new version of this platform – a strong acknowledgement of the need to create a web that can cater for diverse post-PC world. That this team has been able to take a previous project and bring it up-to-date entirely independently is also a great testament to both the power of open source and the health and importance of the WordPress community.”
With over 1 billion HTML5 enabled devices in 2013, and with 2.1 billion mobile devices with HTML5 browsers expected to be shipped by 2016, the 2.0 version of the WordPress Mobile Pack allows bloggers to take advantage of the HTML5 trend by offering their users an enriched experience directly in the browser of mobile and tablet devices (iOS, Android, Windows 8, BB10, FirefoxOS, Tizen).
What the WordPress Mobile Pack 2.0 enables bloggers to do:
- Cross-platform mobile web applications
All it takes for a mobile web application to run is a modern mobile browser (HTML5 compatible), thus allowing readers to instantly have access to bloggers’ content, without needing to go through an app store, download & install the app.
- Responsive UI
The mobile web application is sensitive to various screen sizes and orientation changes: landscape, portrait. In other words, the look and feel of the mobile web app seamlessly morphs into the screen size of users’ devices.
Bloggers can offer their users an exceptional reading experience by giving their mobile web application a native app-like look & feel. The default theme comes with 6 abstract covers that are randomly displayed on the loading screen to give the app a magazine flavour.
- Customize appearance
Once a favourite theme has been selected, bloggers can start customizing the colours & fonts, adding logo and graphic elements that can relate to their blog’s identity.
- Posts Sync
The posts inside the mobile web applications are organized in their corresponding categories, thus readers can simply swipe through articles and jump from category to category in a seamless way.
- Comments Sync
All the comments that are displayed in the blog are also synchronized into the mobile web application. On top of that, comments that are posted from within the app are also displayed on the blog.
WordPress Mobile Pack 2.0 easily integrates with Google Analytics.
- Add to Homescreen
Readers can add the mobile web application to their homescreen and run it in full-screen mode.
Other important updates are already scheduled to be released in the following weeks, so stay tuned. The WordPress Mobile Pack 2.0 is FREE and available for download at: http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-mobile-pack/