Since updating my blog and putting WordPress on Amazon S3, I've been able to remove caching plugins. The caching plugins performed poorly in comparison to pushing all my images to S3. (My first month's bill: $0.50).
I realize that caching could squeeze some additional performance out of my site… but it would stop me from updating the site with customizations for the iPhone, Blackberry, and other mobile devices. The issue is that one visitor could visit the page on a handheld device, it gets cached, and the next person is presented with the same handheld version in their full browser. Caching and dynamic themes don't mix well.
The first plugin I found for beautifully optimizing the themes for both iPhone, Blackberry, and other handheld devices is the WordPress Mobile Edition plugin.
This plugin was developed by Crowd Favorite. I tested the plugin on an iPod Touch and my Blackberry and both views are stunning. Kudos to the developers of this plugin for optimizing the view and navigation for both Safari on the iPhone or iPod Touch as well as the Blackberry and other devices.
One note on installing this plugin, it requires a different install than most plugins. You must first upload the theme to the themes directory, then upload and activate the plugin. Thankfully, the authors even let you know when you install it incorrectly. 🙂
iPhone WordPress Administration
The other intriguing iPhone plugin I found was WPhone. WPhone actually allows you to manage WordPress fully within an administration panel optimized for Safari on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Very cool indeed!
I've not installed this plugin since I usually do some advanced ‘tinkering' with each of my posts, but for you folks looking for some iPhone WordPress goodness, this appears to be a great plugin!
As content management systems continue to evolve, I hope that the developers incorporate mobile browser and mobile device integration as part of their strategy. Carl Weinschenk has a great article describing the upcoming mobile browser wars.
With Opera Mobile downloaded over 40 million times and the iPhone now accounting for 0.19 percent of browsing worldwide… mobile optimization will become much more of a competitive advantage soon!