Nov 032009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. To be honest I haven’t had too much spare time lately as I have picked up some more hours at work since I am the main programmer on an application we are developing. Not to worry, however, I still find some time to program on the side and fill my brain with various technical programming knowledge… but not necessarily enough time to blog about it. =)

I recently upgraded to an iPhone, and I must say, it is awesome. I’m in app heaven! I think I read somewhere that Apple just broke 100,000 apps on the iPhone which is a pretty monumental task; great for consumers, not so great for us developers trying to make a buck in that market. Flooded much?

Anyway, in my travels I found a pretty nifty wordpress plugin called xili-theme-select by xiligroup. xili-theme-select allows you to create a theme for your wordpress blog that is tailored for viewing on the iPhone. I gave it a try with my Suffusion theme and found it to work quite well on the iPhone. Instead of the blog blowing up the iPhone screen, it fits very nicely within the constraints of the iPhone window. I suppose it isn’t ideal viewing a technical blog on an interface as limited as the iPhone, but it looks a lot cleaner now than it did previously.

It’s pretty straightforward to install as well.  All you need to do is visit the plugin page and follow the simple installation instructions:

  1. Upload the folder containing xilithemeselect.php and language files to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory,
  2. Upload a specific theme for iPhone with a folder named as current theme + extension “_4touch” but don’t activate it as usual.
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress,
  4. Go to the dashboard settings tab – Xilitheme select – and adapt default values if necessary.

After that you’re pretty much set.  You can tailor the theme placed in the special “_4touch” folder to your specific needs and desires for users that will be viewing your blog on the iPhone.  Its simple to do and allows for better exposure to new readers.  Sweet huh?

Well, that ends this post.  Check back later for more development goodness.  Thanks for reading!