It’s no surprise that mobile computing is continuing to expand with the boom in smartphones and tablet computers. If you’ve got your WordPress photo blog online, the next step is to make sure your site is accessible on these devices so you don’t miss out on this audience. You might be surprised to know that creating your own app for your WP photo blog isn’t as difficult as you think. At the recent WordCamp OC, Steve Zehngut gave a great presentation on mobile WordPress.
If you’re looking to make an app from your WordPress site, there are a few different options available that range from very easy to create, intermediate, and advanced. AppMakr.com is a great site that lets you easily create an app that is both IOS and Android accessible. A more intermediate level option is Red Foundry—a company that features their own app development kit as well as providing their app development services. Red Foundry also provides both IOS and Android apps. Finally, the most advanced option is to build your app using your own custom code. While this method will require the most work, there may be certain cases where you need some particular functionality that only custom coding will provide.
According to Steve, 25% of users will access your website from only a mobile device. I think that is significant enough for all photo bloggers to consider making their own app. You just can’t afford to ignore your potential mobile audience anymore.