There are over 30 million people browsing the web right now using an Apple device. So it’s no surprise that many developers are porting the most popular CMS’s, forums, blogging and e-commerce platforms over to be Mobile Safari friendly. While there are hundreds of publishing platforms out there, I thought I’d post a list of some of the more popular ones that have been iPhone optimized.
Since it is one of the most popular blogging platforms it’s no surprise there are several options for iPhone optimizing your WordPress install.
WPTouch by Brave New Code
In my opinion, WPTouch is by far the best option for anyone who uses WordPress. More than just a plugin, WPtouch is an entire theme package for your WordPress website. Modeled after Apple’s app store design specs, WPtouch makes your WordPress website load lightning fast on touch mobile devices, show your content beautifully, all while not interfering with your regular theme.
Blip.It by Brave New Code
Blip.it was originally written as a proof-of-concept for video on the iPhone. Since blip.tv offers the ability to convert videos into iPhone/iPod compatible H.264 video, we wanted to incorporate the ability to display those videos in conjunction with WPtouch. So while the Blip.it plugin will work without the WPtouch theme, and without a professional blip.tv account, the best user experience incorporates both.
iWPhone by Content Robot
The iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme automatically reformats your blog’s content for optimized viewing on Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch.
iPhone Mobile Admin
Now you can finally administer your blog from your iPhone without zooming and scrolling! Mobile Admin adapts the WordPress admin UI to be more friendly to mobile devices, specifically phones.
MovableType is the popular CMS/Blogging platform used by many commercial enterprises, including Oracle, NPR and Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign.
iMT – iPhone Interface for Movable Type
This plugin automatically provides a customized and specially designed user interface for Movable Type 4.0 users accessing their Movable Type installation via their iPhone or iPod Touch.
Joomla is a very popular open source Content Management System. It has a huge development community and hundreds of quality modules and add-ons.
Newspressed Mobile by hagdesigns
Newspressed Mobile is a Joomla theme that integrates with the Newspress theme (commercial). It works as a plug-in, so it’s techinically not a theme but more of a switcher that presents an optimized site to iPhone users.
Source: Theme Forest
Joomla Mobile Dark theme by rblalock
This Joomla 1.5 template will includes detailed instructions, a logo PSD , and great mobile styling.
Source: Theme Forest
AdminPraise by JoomlaPraise
Not only has AdminPraise re-imagined the functionality of the Joomla! 1.5 admin interface, it’s also made it iPhone optimized. The customizations are too numerous to list here, so check it out for yourself!
Drupal is a very popular open source publishing platform that has been used by thousands of individuals and organizations. There’s a huge developer community and hundreds of add-ons and themes.
Drupal iUI by Rob Loach
Drupal iUI optimizes any Drupal installation for the iPhone/iPod touch. It features vertical/horizontal viewing, page slide, throbber animation and more.
Express Engine (commercial)
ExpressionEngine is a flexible, feature-rich content management system that empowers thousands of individuals, organizations, and companies around the world to easily manage their website.
Express Engine iUI Tutorial by Brandon Ballentine
While this may not be a pre-built solution, I think it does one better. It’s a tutorial that shows you how to take the iUI framework and create an iPhone optimized theme for Express Engine.
Source: Brandon Bellentine
MiaCMS is an open source content management system, and a fork of the Mambo CMS.
iMia – iPhone™ Interface for MiaCMS (Mambo and Joomla! too)
iMia brings a simple web interface to the MiaCMS, Mambo, and Joomla! content management systems for iPhone users.
Radiant is a no-fluff, open source content management system designed for small teams.
Radiant iPhone Extension (admin) by Andrea Franz
The Radiant iPhone extension adds an iPhone tailored ui for the admin panel.
Source: Andrea Franz
Episerver is a commercial, Microsoft .NET 3.5-based Web Content Management system used by thousands of organizations and companies around the world.
iPhone specific templates for Episerver CMS 5
Episerver CMS 5 now comes iPhone ready, although you do need a license.
eZ Publish/eZ Flow
eZ Publish is an Open Source Content Management System chosen by thousands of enterprises and organizations world wide.
iPhone Supported eZ Publish and eZ Flow
eZ Publish and eZ Flow now support templates that can be tailored for iPhone/iPod touch.
Magento is an extremely powerful and popular open source eCommerce platform used by thousands individuals and businesses.
mCommerce – The Magento iPhone Theme
This mCommerce theme allows users to browse your store and make purchases from their iPhone/iPod touch.
osCommerce has attracted a large growing e-commerce community that consists of over 207,200 store owners and developers who support each other and extend osCommerce Online Merchant with add-ons being contributed on a daily basis.
osCommerce – The Mobile iPhone Template
This osCommerce theme allows users to browse your store and make purchases from their iPhone/iPod touch.
osCommerce – The iPhone Template by Algozone
Shopping is fun in this great, upbeat iphone template. Featuring multiple colors, the template makes it easy to blend your products into the design.
vBulletin is a professional, affordable community forum solution. Thousands of clients, including many industry leading blue chip companies, have chosen vBulletin – It’s the ideal choice for any size of community.
vBulletin Skin for the iPhone
This vBulletin skin, developed by ElForro, is optimized for the iPhone and allows you to run a mobile forum.
phpBB is one of the most widely used Open Source forum solution, with a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface.
mTheme iPhone Skin for the phpBB
This style optimizes your site for modern mobile browser, detects and automatically changes to theme with high navigability for touch screens and mobile safari browsers.
MindTouch Deki Wiki is the most sophisticated wiki-based collaboration offering in the market.
MindTouch Mobile is an iPhone-optimized skin which is accessible through the iPhone web browser. It is geared to help readers consume and share data inside MindTouch.
Source: MindTouch Wiki
Confluence Enterprise Wiki
Confluence is a simple, powerful wiki that lets you create and share pages, documents and rich content with your team.
Confluence iPhone and iPod Touch Theme
The theme is designed to fit seamlessly into the Default Theme. That is, Confluence will appear in the optimized form when viewed on an iPhone/iPod touch, but will appear unchanged when viewed through any other browser.
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Superb blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There
are so many options out there that I’m totally confused ..
Any ideas? Kudos!