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December 11, 2013 – By Dale Mugford

Changes in WPtouch Pro 3.1 for iOS 7 and WordPress

It’s no secret that we have heavily been cued by iPhone OS for the staple & standard in mobile web’s design direction. While the web on mobile devices has grown, changed and evolved upon multiple platforms, so too has our work and our flagship product, WPtouch.

The release of iOS 7 (while controversial) is a welcome evolution of what we consider the forefront of the mobile web. With WPtouch Pro 3.1 we’ve worked hard to improve and build on out harmony of the product with the platform is most dominantly lives on.

Web-App Mode

An innovative technology in WPtouch Pro unmatched by competitors or responsive design, Web-App Mode in WPtouch Pro allows site visitors on iOS devices to save your website to their home screens. And unlike regular web bookmarks, Web-App Mode does away with the browser, and instead offers a much-more native app feel to your WPtouch Pro powered WordPress website.

Full screen, immersive and gorgeous— WPtouch Pro’s Web-App Mode is a customer favourite and is just a few clicks in the WPtouch Pro admin panel to enable.

Merged Header

iOS 7 and WordPress

In WPtouch Pro 3.1, themes that detect iOS 7 in Web-App Mode will adopt a native merged header appearance, in line with native apps on the platform which have been updated for the new interface. No settings or configuration is needed, WPtouch Pro themes detect iOS 7 and serve up the new style.

Bauhaus Cool

iOS 7 and WordPress

Our new default and flagship theme Bauhaus takes subtle design hints from iOS 7 and WordPress, including circles for featured images in post listings and partial borders, along with circular comment avatars and a preference throughout for for thinner typography and simple design differentiation of elements and colours. It’s the closest yet to an iOS WordPress theme, but it’s so much more than that. New branding options give you the control to transform this theme into appearing vastly different— it’s truly a chameleon-like theme.

iOS 7 and WordPress 3.8, Too!

Coming soon in our 3.1.2 update is a refreshed admin appearance as well, that harmoniously works with WordPress 3.8. WPtouch Pro 3.1 is a free update for all existing customers. You can update to 3.1 through the WordPress admin panel like any other plugin on the plugins page.

  1. tedslater

    Thanks for the info. Do you anticipate updating/modifying any of the theme files in 3.1.2? Or will they stay as they are in 3.1.1?

    December 12, 2013

  2. Dale Mugford

    There will be minor modifications to Bauhaus.

    December 13, 2013

  3. Patrick Tuttle

    How is the seo of this theme for Mobile set up. Do I get the seo of the pages we have created and the sale seo will be used then for the Mobile. Thx

    December 15, 2013

  4. Dale Mugford

    Hi, SEO works fine— WPtouch Pro even works with plugins like Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin.

    December 17, 2013

  5. Mike Taylor

    Looks great!

    Any news on when you’ll be adding support for Firefox OS?

    December 17, 2013

  6. Dale Mugford

    Well globally Firefox OS is quite low in browser market share— as it picks up we’ll likely add support. It’ll have to be over 5% to warrant the time for development and support I think.

    December 17, 2013

  7. Robert

    How do we make our site on the desktop look like this mobile theme? Seems like a jarring disconnect when people switch over because the sites would look so different. Do you have desktop themes too included?

    January 8, 2014

  8. Dale Mugford

    Hi Robert,

    Our themes are highly customizable— by adding your logos, colors, and choosing between a variety of options you can ‘pair’ the mobile theme harmoniously to look and feel like your desktop theme’s appearance.

    January 12, 2014

  9. karl

    Hi Dale,

    >Well globally Firefox OS is quite low in browser market share— as it picks up we’ll likely add support. It’ll have to be over 5% to warrant the time for development and support I think.

    I’m on the Web Compatibility Team at Mozilla. It doesn’t require any specific development in the sense that Firefox on Android is already working nicely with WPTouch from my own test. The trigger here is just the user agent.

    In a classical chicken ad egg issue, the 5% market share can’t be reached/will not be reached if everyone is not fixing their Web site ;) This morning we got a fix from Yahoo! main site :) Quite cool.

    Thanks for any help.

    January 21, 2014

  10. Dale Mugford

    Hi Karl, We’ll be adding support in the next update. Let us know if there are any issues you see! Thx.

    January 21, 2014

  11. karl

    That’s a very good news. Thanks.
    Really appreciated.

    January 21, 2014

  12. davidmoody

    Hey Dale. I have Agency subscription. Was interested in forcing a site to always use the mobile theme Classic or Simple. Is there anyway to force this? I don’t ever want to show the Desktop version. Thanks. Maybe there is a way to upload the Classic or Simple theme to themes directory so the desktop version is the same? Thoughts?

    March 11, 2014

  13. Dale Mugford

    You mean forcing it 100% of the time? To accomplish that, you’d want to add some custom user agents so that it matches all desktop requests e.g. (safari,firefox,ie,opera). Second, you’d want to turn off the switch link in the Core Settings of WPtouch, that way visitors couldn’t switch to the desktop theme, whatever it is.

    March 14, 2014

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