November 27, 2013 — By Dale Mugford
We’ve just released WPtouch Pro 3.1, a major update to our flagship WordPress mobile plug-in. 3.1 contains a variety of fixes, updates, and improvements, and also support for all-new themes & extensions.
Previously WPtouch & WPtouch Pro were one-theme products. With the introduction of WPtouch Pro 3 in May we made it a three-theme product, but we weren’t done yet.
In 3.1 we’re introducing a new theme, and also support for what we’re calling Extensions, mini plug-ins to enhance your WPtouch Pro setups.
New Theme: Bauhaus
Bauhaus is an all-new theme, and is meant for a wide variety of websites. It supports all of WordPress’s modern features, including thumbnails and featured images, custom menus, and custom post types.
It’s design is heavily influenced by the design movement of Bauhaus.
Based on the principles of the 19th-century English designer William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, Bauhaus design philosophy believed that art should meet the needs of society and that no distinction should be made between fine arts and practical crafts.
It also depended on the more forward-looking principles that modern art and architecture must be responsive to the needs and influences of the modern industrial world and that good designs must pass the test of both aesthetic standards and sound engineering.
This new WPtouch Pro theme is not just aesthetically based on Bauhaus design, but its architecture (along with the core of the plugin itself) has been engineered to meet the needs of modern WordPress websites.
With WPtouch Pro 3.1 we’re introducing mini plugins called Extensions. Extensions enhance functionality and are specifically designed for WPtouch Pro.
Responsive Images (Enterprise Licenses)
Finally, truly responsive images! The Responsive Images extensions automatically crunches and serves the right size images for different devices. This offers significant performance gains on image heavy websites, leveraging our BraveNewCloud™ service to send devices requesting your pages the appropriate size of image, fast.
Leveraging the Cloud and CDNs, the WPtouch Pro Responsive Images Extension solves a significant problem for today’s mobile web.
Infinity Cache — 5x Faster Pages! (Small Business Licenses or higher)
Boost your WPtouch Pro installation with cache capabilities specifically designed for mobile & WPtouch Pro. You can even use Infinity Cache for your desktop theme, too! Infinity Cache is designed to be a simple, powerful caching extension to improve page speed load times dramatically.
Lead Developer and Co-Founder Duane Storey benchmarked Infinity Cache on his travel blog, The Migratory Nerd recently, and got some startling results:
MOBILE PAGE LOAD
Infinity Cache Off
- Transaction rate: 6.34 trans/sec
- Transaction rate: 6.85 trans/sec
- Transaction rate: 6.63 trans/sec
Average: 6.61 trans/sec
Infinity Cache On
- Transaction rate: 30.77 trans/sec
- Transaction rate: 30.30 trans/sec
- Transaction rate: 32.26 trans/sec
Average: 31.11 trans/sec
Improvement: Nearly 5x faster!
Use Infinity Cache and Responsive Images together to maximize your WPtouch Pro-powered mobile WordPress website page speed and size— you’ll be amazed at the results. No other mobile solution for WordPress offers this kind of power, flexibility and ease-of-use.
Mobile Content — Swap Out Content For Mobile Visitors (All Licenses)
With the Mobile Content Extension you can easily add a text area meta field to posts and page editing screens in your WordPress admin and show custom content only displayed to mobile visitors, instead of your desktop content.
Most of the time you want the same content showing for both mobile and desktop visitors. For many posts and pages this is the preferred and simplest way to use WPtouch Pro.
Though sometimes you want mobile visitors to see something different. Formerly, you could use WPtouch Pro’s shortcodes to display mobile-only content. With the new Mobile Content Extension, you can now just enter the separate content easily in its own text area on your posts or pages. It’s the best of both worlds.
WPtouch Pro 3.1 is now available to all customers!