January 25, 2018 — By Dale Mugford

Call for Summit theme beta testers

We’ve been hard at work on a new WPtouch Pro theme we’re calling “Summit” to bring even more value to our customers. To ensure the theme is the best it can be we’re looking for current users to help us beta test, and we’d love for you to be involved. If you would be so kind as to help us out, please signup to our beta testers list below and we’ll be in touch once the Summit theme beta is available.

You must have an active WPtouch Pro license when the beta is released to be eligible to participate.

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September 23, 2016 — By Dale Mugford

WPtouch Pro Theme Update: Bauhaus 2.0!

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Today we released a major update to our flagship and most popular theme, Bauhaus. In 2.0, you can now choose between different layouts, starting with our new carousel view.

Carousel View

3In Carousel View you can show an infinite horizontal carousel which loads your posts chronologically, allowing visitors quick access to your entire post content history in a single page view.

You can also choose to show Featured Posts, and Popular Posts carousels as well.

Visitors have dozens and dozens of posts available at their fingertips instantly with Bauhaus 2.

6Full-Bleed Carousel

Want your beautiful featured images to be showcased in full-bleed? No problem. Bauhaus 2 allows you to showcase your posts in an infinite loading horizontal carousel view, filling the display of your visitor’s mobile device. The smooth, kinetic carousel lets your visitors browse your content in an immersive, engaging and unique way.

1List View

Bauhaus 2 also still supports its standard list view, which showcases your posts vertically, with an optional featured posts carousel above— which has been updated both under the hood to be more performant and with a refreshed look and feel.

List view is perfect if you don’t use featured images, or have a mix of content types.

Smart Loading

Across the board in all layouts we’ve enhanced lazy loading of both posts and images, making significant speed and performance improvements.

 

Available Today

Bauhaus 2.0 is a free update for all existing customers, and included with every bundle of WPtouch Pro.

February 24, 2015 — By Dale Mugford

MobileStore: now with WooCommerce 2.3 support

If you run an eCommerce website, you know it’s important to keep your software up to date. Today we released an update to our incredible MobileStore mobile theme for WooCommerce which integrates full support for the recent WooCommerce 2.3 update.

Once you’ve upgraded to MobileStore 1.0.9 you’ll also find a new feature for your store: a carousel of top-selling products right on your store homepage. It’s just a small taste of what’s coming soon when we roll out MobileStore’s new tablet support in March.

Still running WooCommerce 2.2, don’t worry: we’ve made sure to keep MobileStore compatible with your store, too.

We’ve also released WPtouch Pro 3.7.1, which addresses a compatibility concern between WooCommerce and our new shortcode support method.

June 25, 2014 — By Dale Mugford

Prose: A New Mobile Theme for WPtouch

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Introducing Prose

Long-form content on WordPress websites on mobile devices just got a helping hand with Prose, our new mobile theme for WPtouch.

Prose was designed for one thing: showcasing content beautifully on mobile devices. With a focus on typography, color & and simplicity, Prose elegantly displays and organizes content for mobile device visitors, and gets out of the way as a mobile theme.

Delight Your Readers

We’ve included several reading optimizations in Prose:

  • Variable text size that allows readers to enjoy your content whether they need large type or enjoy smaller copy;
  • Hand-tuned typography options that let you personalize the look and feel of your site in more ways than ever;
  • How long is The Piece of String? 8 Minutes! Reading time indicators tell readers how long each post will take to read, encourage them to finish, and turn into a handy share bar when they reach the end of the post.

Off-Canvas Menu

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For the first time in WPtouch we’ve added an off-canvas menu to a theme. Prose’s off-canvas menu is smooth, user friendly, and works on all mobile devices.

We really wanted to include an off-canvas solution in WPtouch for quite some time, but found many of the available options out there not quite up to snuff. Either they didn’t work as smoothly as we thought they should, or they didn’t work on all the devices that WPtouch supports.

So— we wrote our own, based on a simple solution called Pushy by Christopher Yee. His solution was for left off-canvas menus specifically, and we extended it into a full-fledged jQuery plugin which works for left, right or both implementations. It also includes a fallback for mobile devices which don’t support CSS transforms.

We’ll be releasing it for free soon on our GitHub repository, but for now you can enjoy the new off-canvas menu in its full glory inside the Prose theme.

Available Today, For Everyone

Prose is a free addition available today for all WPtouch Pro customers and license types! That brings WPtouch’s theme count up to 6— including Classic, Bauhaus, Simple, CMS, Open and now Prose.

May 15, 2014 — By Dale Mugford

Open – A New Mobile Theme For Small Business

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Since launching WPtouch Pro 3, the Simple theme has served businesses by providing a clean, action-driven mobile experience. It has also been successfully used by many service and retail businesses to build a mobile site for small business with minor customizations and changes.

Although we love the elegance of Simple, we wanted to be able to do more for those businesses out of the box. Recent Google mobile research suggests that a whopping 55% of mobile visitors are looking to find a nearby business they can visit within the hour, and even more will use their experience of your website on their smartphones to decide whether they will ever walk in your door — a huge reason to offer a mobile site for your business and tailor it to what they’re looking for.

Create a mobile site for small business? No problem.

With that in mind, we set out to build Open, a mobile theme inspired by you and designed to help convert mobile web visitors into walk-in (or order-by-phone) customers.

Be Local.

Open shows today’s hours right on its homepage, which you can add and customize easily in settings. With a single tap, mobile visitors can access your full hours— or get a map view of your business location. With Open, setup is easy to get connected with the local mobile customers already looking to find you.

Convert everywhere.

Whether you want customers to make an appointment over the phone or book a table through a reservations provider, Open keeps your primary call to action accessible on every page and post of your mobile site.

Available today.

Open is available today for all Small Business, Agency & Enterprise WPtouch Pro licensed customers, at no additional charge. Head over to the WPtouch Pro Themes & Extensions screen in your WordPress admin and click Install or upgrade today to use the new Open theme, only for WPtouch Pro.

September 24, 2013 — By Duane Storey

WPtouch Mobile WordPress Themes In The Wild

We often get asked to see examples of what a mobile WordPress website looks like using one of the included mobile WordPress themes in WPtouch Pro. We wanted to share with you a few different sites that appear to be using WPtouch Pro and one of the included mobile themes. A few of these sites have customized it slightly, and we wanted to point out what they have done differently.

Mobile Sites using WPtouch Pro for WordPress

Mobile Sites using WPtouch Pro

Classic Redux Mobile Theme

Gizmodo's Classic Redux Based Theme

The mobile website for Gizmodo.com.

The french version of Gizmodo appears to be utilizing the ‘Classic Redux’ mobile WordPress theme included in WPtouch Pro.

Your can clearly see the included Featured Content Slider on the front page which helps showcase various articles on the site. It can be configured to show a series of specific posts, the most recently written posts, or even the latest content from a specific WordPress category or tag.

Since the content on the Gizmodo.fr website is all in french, WPtouch Pro is utilizing the included french language translations for the included theme. Currently WPtouch Pro is available in 21 different languages, but it will support 23 languages soon.

There is an advertising unit shown right under the header of their website – the type of advertisement that is displayed there can easily be configured from within the WPtouch Pro administration panel. And while most customers use Google adense, you can drop in whatever custom output you want in this area depending on what advertising service you want to use.

Outside of that most of the branding colours and fonts are the defaults included within the Classic Redux mobile theme for WordPress, and it looks great.

Simple Mobile Theme

WPtouch 'Simple' Mobile WordPress Theme

The mobile website for BraveNewCode.com:

Our own site here at BraveNewCode is based on the Simple Mobile WordPress theme that’s included in WPtouch. For us it was important to highlight WPtouch Pro on the front page as well prominently display the navigation links for the user. The WPtouch Pro Simple mobile WordPress theme accomplishes that nicely in its default configuration. We made a few small customizations related to our Support Centre and the product page, but other than that it’s mostly the default Simple theme that’s included in WPtouch Pro.

Our website also makes use of the featured content slider, but in our case we’ve preconfigured it to only show content from two specific WordPress pages. Combined with the featured images on those pages, WPtouch Pro will showcase only the content we think is the most important for our users. In our case that content pertains to our flagship mobile plugin for WordPress, WPtouch Pro.

We’ve also made use of the ability to upload a custom logo image via the WPtouch admin panel. In this way it’s easy to have your desktop website branding flow through to your mobile site for a more seamless browsing experience.

CMS Mobile Theme

CMS Mobile WordPress Theme for WPtouch

The mobile website for Scientias.nl:

The CMS Mobile Theme for WPtouch lives up to its name – it’s really meant for large sites with varied content and often a large taxonomy. As a result it has the ability to display two separate menus to assist with navigation around the site. If you couple that with the built-in ability of WPtouch Pro to show custom post types, the CMS theme is well suited for news or large content sites.

The example website shown here is using the CMS Mobile WordPress theme in mostly a default configuration. They have adjusted the colours slightly and uploaded a custom logo image to maintain their branding. The featured content slider is also showing the latest posts on the website, which in their case are cool scientific articles regarding the moon and outer space.

One other feature of the CMS mobile theme that is shown here is the prominent position of the search button. Since most CMS websites have a great deal of content, the search button is dominant to assist end-users with locating the content on your website.

This website is also a non-english version of WPtouch Pro; in this case they are using the included Dutch translation for their website, as it’s targeted for people of the Netherlands.

Custom CMS Mobile Theme Example

Custom CMS Mobile WordPress Theme

The mobile website for Technabob.com:

While you don’t have to be a mobile WordPress website developer to use WPtouch Pro, our mobile theme framework makes mobile site development extremely simple.

Technabob’s website is a good example of that, as it appears to be rockin’ a customized version of the CMS mobile theme.

There’s not only a Google advertising unit at the top, but also a large square format one at the bottom which undoubtedly increases advertising revenue.

He’s also chosen to use custom Google webfonts, which is a featured included in most WPtouch Pro themes. In this case he’s chosen to use the font Monda for the header menus, which helps his site stand out for other mobile websites that just use the generic browser fonts.

Another feature of the CMS mobile WordPress theme for WPtouch Pro that he is using is the category slider shown near the top. With this feature users can easily swipe left and right on their mobile devices to browse your website by categories, a great addition to WordPress websites with large taxonomies.

Another example of the CMS theme is shown in the top image of this post – it’s the website for citypress.co.za, a South African website that appears to be using WPtouch Pro. It’s also another great example of a stylized version of the CMS mobile theme included in WPtouch Pro.

A Theme For All Seasons

As you can see, it’s extremely easy to customize the look and feel of your mobile WordPress website using WPtouch Pro thanks to the three included mobile WordPress themes: Simple, CMS, and Classic Redux.

While you don’t need development chops to use the plugin, if you know a little PHP or CSS you can quickly customize your mobile website a bit further as some of the owners of the websites above have done. But don’t let that deter you – WPtouch Pro is the perfect mobile solution for WordPress that caters to coders and non-coders alike, and in most cases you can simply install the plugin and activate it with a single click to have a complete mobile WordPress website.

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