How do I make my sites IPhone compatible?

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Being a bit of a nerd, I was going through "hits" records to a
site I'm working on improving. I noticed a browser accessed
the site trying to find files like:

./apple-touch-icon.png
and ./iphone.htm

I guess this visitor is using an Iphone and the phone looks for
these files. Since I don't use an Iphone and don't care to
involve myself with portable head-microwaving devices I'm
not going to buy an Iphone to check, but I would like to
know what I can implement easily to improve the experience
of iphone users.

What are these mysterious iphone-related files and can
I install something on my sites to put the files there to
please Iphones?
#compatible #iphone #make #sites
  • Profile picture of the author Platinum Matt
    Don't use Flash (iphone can't see flash) and make sure your site looks ok in the major browsers (including safari) if you can... The beauty of the iphone is you don't HAVE to do anything to your site, it has an AWESOME browsing experience built in.

    No need to create wap sites anymore.
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    • Profile picture of the author James12C
      Originally Posted by Platinum Matt View Post

      it has an AWESOME browsing experience built in.

      No need to create wap sites anymore.
      You'fre right - it is s-u-c-h a release!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    Originally Posted by Loren Woirhaye View Post

    don't care to involve myself with portable head-microwaving devices
    Why not?

    But I was also interested in this. If it looks for /iphone.htm maybe it is possible to put in a light weight fast loading page and name it that? Might improve the experience or at least the speed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Yesterday somebody asked to check out his WP blog that was using this plugin/mobil theme:
    WPtouch: Mobile Plugin + Theme for WordPress BraveNewCode Inc.

    I am seriously considering installing it on my blog - since I am microwaving my brain anyway with my iPhone

    This script looks very pro!
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  • Profile picture of the author SPress
    Hey Loren,

    Here's a couple of quick tips...Pretty much every site is iPhone "compatible" without doing a thing but it can be enhanced.

    1. As mentioned above, don't use Flash. It just plain won't render on an iPhone and there are no publically known plans to change that.

    2. Use Safari on your computer to get a fairly accurate view of how your site will render on the iPhone.(excluding Flash of course)

    3. probably the most useful, specific tag to know about is a meta tag to control the viewport, for example: <meta name="viewport" content="width=808" /> It's not a terribly complicated concept, but has tremendous benefit. google it for more info

    Of course there's more, but these 3 are a good start.

    Good Luck!

    Steve
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