Great iPhone WordPress Theme Plugin With AdSense

Ever since the advent of the iPhone, I’ve always tried to have an iPhone optimized theme for my sites. For the last 2 plus years I’ve been using the iWPhone plugin for WordPress. It did the job with a simple straight forward approach. However recently, I switched to WPtouch. This plugin is a power house. It also provides a feature I’ve always wanted for my mobile themes – Google AdSense integration. More on that in a minute.

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To start it lets you set up a simple theme and then, when you are ready, you can really dig in an customize all types of features. As you can see, the home page displays a simple chronological listing of your most recent posts (I chose calendar display – it also has thumbnail view), allows for a number of menu functions and a feature to read the first few lines of the post before committing to the next screen.

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The post screen displays the whole post and allows for both the submission and display of comments.

This is also where you’ll see the Google AdSense, it dislpays between the title bar and the post content. The Adsense is optimized for mobile content and has a rollover display that pages through the advertiser title, link address and copy elements. If you are curious to take the theme for a spin and see it in action, I’ve set it up on MWGblog.com, PodcastAcademy.com and ReelReviewsRadio.com.

Another nice feature is the theme works for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android smartphones, Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm.

As for podcasting, it worked just fine playing audio tracks straight from the sites. Perhaps in a future version some intelligence can be built in to display a small “play” symbol next to the file link. I’d also like to see the ability to add AdSense to the main page perhaps after every 2 or 3 post titles.

I’ve just scratched the surface here. Make sure to check out WPtouch’s great gallery of Features and the whole host of Admin options.

New Updated Theme

I have upgraded the blog to WordPress 2.5.1 and deployed a new Theme. Yes, it looks the same but it is a complete rebuild and now sports a new wider main content area. Some stuff will be broken for a few days as I sort through it all. Feel free to send along any problems you notice. Thanks!

Consolidation of My Web Presence

Consolidate
Over the last few years I have set up numerous web sites and email addresses. Much like your garage, one day you look out and wonder where all the mess came from. I am too spread out – my current situation is not efficient. As such, over the next two weeks I am going to consolidate all my hosting plans, servers and emails. While I’ll keep all the sites, moving my corporate and personal sites, I’ll also redirect a number of my key URLs. BTW, if you are a WordPress server wiz, I am looking for someone who can move 4 WordPress installs to my new server. I can do it, but my guess is an expert can do it in 20% of the time it would take me.

WordPress 2.0.6

Posts in the "Asides" category are short micro-blog posts. These were an early custom version of an update before Twitter/Facebook. Just a title, there is no additional text.