January 16, 2014 — By Dale Mugford

Responsive Images Now in WPtouch Pro

The web community at large has struggled with delivering responsive images (different sized images that are served based on a device’s screen size).

Current State of Responsive Images

The holy grail (so to speak) of the responsive design movement lay in having the HTML spec ratified to support having devices do the work of determining which image size is most suitable to download and fetching it instead of a larger one. This would be done (in proposal) via css, or the IMG HTML tag. The advantage of this would be that small devices wouldn’t request large images, nor would they download multiple images.

However, this is what currently occurs on responsively designed sites & templates. The only way to prevent it, currently, is to only serve one large size of an image, and penalize small mobile devices by making them have to download the largest asset and just scaling it down via css to appear smaller.

Responsive Images Extension

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Publish your content and give us your best quality image— we’ll do the rest. With WPtouch Pro 3.1’s Responsive Images extension, you don’t have to define alternates or set a single setting to ensure the right sized images are being served to the right devices. The extension works to crunch images you upload and, on the fly, determine what size a device is, and which image is best suited for it and sends it along instead.

Automatic, ‘Set It and Forget It’

This means even devices like the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 5 will receive different sized images, ensuring the trade-off between high fidelity images and reduced bandwidth is negotiated. The Responsive Images extension handles all of the image size negotiation and device type negotiation automatically, with zero configuration required.

Moving forward, we’ll go beyond uploaded content to WordPress websites, and instead any image you link to in a WordPress post or page is the correct size for the device that’s requesting a page view.

responsive imagesLeveraging our BraveNewCloud, we’ll make sure any linked image has more appropriate sizes cached and ready for you to serve to your mobile visitors. This means if you link to images anywhere else on the Internet, we’ll make sure that image isn’t too large for the device requesting it.

We believe delivering Responsive Images for WordPress websites shouldn’t be difficult for the average user. We wanted the ability to support Responsive Images to be as simple as adding links to images in a post or page and clicking publish.

With Responsive Images in WPtouch Pro 3.1, that’s exactly what you do.

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.

In WPtouch Pro 3.1, we’ve introduced our own extensions, and 3 new extensions are currently available to customers: Mobile Content (for replacing desktop content with mobile content on the fly), Infinity Cache (for caching both mobile & desktop), and now Responsive Images (for serving the right sized images for the right device).

January 8, 2014 — By Dale Mugford

Infinity Cache: WordPress Cache for WPtouch + Desktop Themes

wordpress cache

With WPtouch Pro 3.1 we’ve introduced extensions, powerful additions to WPtouch Pro themes that take your mobile website to the next level. Infinity Cache WordPress Cache is one of our favourites, and enables mobile + desktop caching for WPtouch Pro-powered websites.

Caching Mobile with WPtouch Pro

For a few years now we’ve been helping users configure WPtouch & WPtouch Pro to work alongside popular desktop theme caching solutions. Not without issue however— as doing so in some of these larger, in-depth plugins can be quite an elaborate process that essentially involves disabling cache for mobile. While a viable solution and mostly headache free, these configurations don’t offer the same speedy improvements for mobile page views as seen for desktop.

Network congestion and latency, coupled with slower wireless connection speeds make load time for mobile web pages extremely important for everyone.

WPtouch Pro themes are built as highly optimized, lightweight and are speedy in their own right— but caching can always improve user experience and minimize server load when it comes to php and MySQL-based websites. It’s always been a goal for us to offer a solid caching solution ourselves to speed up WPtouch Pro page views for mobile devices.

Introducing Infinity Cache

In WPtouch Pro 3.1, we’ve introduced three new extensions to current customers: Mobile Content (for replacing desktop content with mobile content on the fly), Responsive Images (for serving optimally-sized images for each device), and Infinity Cache (for caching both mobile & desktop).

Yes you read that right— Infinity Cache handles both mobile and desktop caches.

It even caches mobile visitors who switch to your desktop theme, ensuring all visitors are served lightning fast page views no matter how they choose to visit your website.

If you already have an existing caching plugin for your desktop website, you can also use it in conjunction with Infinity Cache- your existing plugin will cache desktop pages, and Infinity Cache will handle all the mobile agents set to pass through to WPtouch Pro.

It’s Lightweight & Easy to Set-up

Unlike so many of the complex cache solutions available for WordPress, Infinity Cache is simple and straightforward, and does caching right without worry. It truly is a “set it and forget it” type of cache solution.

infinity cache wordpress cache options

Infinity Cache options

In addition, Infinity Cache also includes support for Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) such as MaxCDN. If you have a MaxCDN account, you can simply add your custom URLs to Infinity Cache and have it automatically serve your static content from your CDN.

Get It Today

Infinity Cache is available to all Small Business, Agency/Multisite and Enterprise WPtouch Pro customers in the Themes & Extensions Browser inside WPtouch Pro 3.1.

To view licenses for WPtouch Pro, visit the product pricing page.

January 8, 2014 — By Dale Mugford

Introducing BraveNewCloud + WPtouch Pro

bravenewcloud and wptouch pro 3.1

Recently we released WPtouch Pro 3.1, a major update to our flagship mobile plugin for WordPress. A solid two months of work went into the latest update— we introduced a new theme, 3 extensions, and improvements to the best platform for mobile development for WordPress websites.

BraveNewCloud

WPtouch Pro 3.1 introduces the BraveNewCloud, a revolutionary new feature for a WordPress plugin. With the BraveNewCloud you can now seamlessly install & update WPtouch Pro themes and extensions inside the admin panel.

The BraveNewCloud operates seamlessly within WPtouch Pro, and allows you to receive updates for themes and extensions as we release them. You no longer have to wait for a new version of the plugin in order to receive updates for themes and extensions. This allows us to ship more timely bug fixes and improvements to themes and extensions.

Including a cloud install inside the product like this wasn’t easy, and marks the first time any WordPress plugin has accomplished this feat.

Bauhaus: A New Theme, Theme Updates

Bauhaus

With 3.1 we’ve introduced a fresh theme, Bauhaus. Available absolutely free to all existing customers.

Contemporary design and full-featured flexibility are highlights in Bauhaus. Subtle hardware-accelerated animations and clean clear typography make Bauhaus stand out as a polished and powerful, modern mobile theme.

Classic Redux, CMS & Simple

New features, refinements and fixes are also included for all our existing themes. Hotly requested features like user login have been added, while support for iOS 7 (particularly in Web-App Mode) bring all of our themes freshly up to date.

All-New Extensions

Ever since the launch of 3.0 we’d planned to add extensions that help you take your WPtouch Pro install to the next level. With 3.1 we’ve added 3 new extensions and we’ll roll-out more this year.

Mobile Content Extension

Ever wanted to provide content on a post or page completely different from what your desktop visitors see? With the Mobile Content extension, you can. This extension adds a new text area on posts and pages in the WordPress publishing area, and allows you to enter whatever content you’d like to show differently for your mobile visitors.

Responsive Images Extension

One of the biggest issues facing responsive design these days has to do with images— since all webpage assets are served regardless of screen size in a responsively designed website, authors are forced to serve higher quality images (for larger screens) at the expense of larger web page sizes. This slows down websites when they load on a small screen device like a mobile phone, even though they don’t need large images.

With our Responsive Images extension, we’ve solved the problem. The extension swaps out larger images for smaller ones where available, since WordPress creates differently sized images for every uploaded image (full size, large, medium and small). It’s an extension that is literally activate and go— yet you can also add CDN capability to serve images based on geo-location for extra speed.

Infinity Cache Extension

Infinity Cache handles both mobile and desktop caching!

It even caches mobile visitors who switch to your desktop theme, ensuring all visitors are served lightning fast page views no matter how they choose to visit your website.

If you already have an existing caching plugin for your desktop website, you can also use it in conjunction with Infinity Cache- your existing plugin will cache desktop pages, and Infinity Cache will handle all the mobile agents set to pass through it to WPtouch Pro.

Unlike so many complex cache solutions available for WordPress, Infinity Cache is simple and straightforward, and does caching right without worry. It truly is a “set it and forget it” type of cache solution.

Available Now

The WPtouch Pro 3.1 update with BraveNewCloud is free to all existing customers, and you can upgrade through the WordPress admin like any other plugin today.

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