iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme

New theme design to complement iOS 7!

You can grab the latest version of the plugin from the official WordPress plugin directory.

What Does the iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme Do?

The iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme automatically reformats your blog’s content for optimized viewing on Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch (Android phones too.) It detects the iPhone/iPod touch’s User Agent and serves up the content with the special theme only to iPhone and iPod touch visitors, all other browsers will view your WordPress blog with your current theme.


Why Would I Want to Use This Plugin?

While the iPhone and iPod touch do an amazing job of displaying web pages the way they were designed to be seen, often visitors want quick access to your website’s content. The “iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme” displays an optimized version of your blog’s content, formatted perfectly to fit the iPhone/iPod touch’s screen – no zooming in to read the content is necessary.


Feature List

  • New iOS7 inspired design – Read all about the new design here.
  • Native WordPress menu support NEW!
  • Formats your blog content for optimized viewing on the iPhone and iPod touch. Also works for Android phones too.
  • Automatically detects the iPhone/iPod touch’s Safari browser and only displays the custom theme to iPhone and iPod touch visitors, other visitors get your standard theme.
  • Simple iPhone/iPod-like theme with common interface elements that complements the iPhone/iPod touch’s internal applications.
  • Images larger then 300 pixels wide are automatically scaled down to fit the iPhone/iPod touch optimized width.

Demo Sites

You can view screenshots here.

Point your iPhone/iPod touch’s Safari browser at our site http://iwphone.contentrobot.com/ or http://www.grokdotcom.com/ to see it in action.

Will it Work on My WordPress blog?

The current version has been tested with WordPress 2.9 – 3.6.1


  • WordPress 2.9 – 3.6.1
  • An iPhone, iPod touch or Android phone (for viewing)

Installation from the WordPress Dashboard

  1. In the WordPress dashboard navigate to Plugins > Add New
  2. In the search field enter “iWPhone” and hit “Search Plugins”
  3. Click the “Install Now” link next to the iWPhone listing and then activate the plugin via the “Activate Plugin” link
  4. You will need to download the iWPhone theme separately and also install that now – use this link to download the theme zip file
  5. Back in the WordPress dashboard navigate to Appearance > Themes and click the “Install Themes” tab
  6. Click the “Upload” link and then click the “Browse…” button. Locate the downloaded zip file called “iwphone-by-contentrobot.zip” and then click the “install Now” button. DO NOT activate the theme.
  7. Launch your web browser on an iPhone, iPod touch (or Android phone) and enter your blog’s URL, and you should now see your content in the iPhone/iPod touch-optimized theme.

FTP Installation

  1. Download the iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme zip file from the WordPress Plugin Directory.
  2. Expand the files from the zip.
  3. Locate the file “iwphone.php” and upload it into your wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  4. Locate and upload the entire folder named “iwphone-by-contentrobot” into your wp-content/themes/ directory.
  5. Go to your WordPress dashboard and click on Plugins and activate the plugin called “iWPhone”. DO NOT make the iWPhone-by-ContentRobot theme the active theme under Appearance > Themes.
  6. Launch your web browser on an iPhone, iPod touch (or Android phone) and enter your blog’s URL, and you should now see your content in the iPhone/iPod touch-optimized theme.

Version History

  • Version 0.3: Added native WordPress menu support (iWPhone Menu)
  • Version 0.2:
    • Completely new theme design to compliment iOS 7!
    • New featured image support
    • Updated sharing options (Twitter/Facebook/Google+/LinkedIn)
    • Redesigned comments with Avatar support
    • Sticky Post support
  • Version 0.1.4: Now displays the iWPhone theme for Android devices also
  • Version 0.1.3: Update to prevent long URLs from pushing pages wider
  • Version 0.1.2: Update to support iPod touch
  • Version 0.1.1: Viewport update to allow zooming
  • Version 0.1: Initial Release

Known Issues

  • Not compatible with wp-cache. FIXED!
  • Long URLs in posts will push pages wider then the iPhone/iPod touch optimized width. FIXED!


Please submit bugs or general comments via our contact form.

Note: This 3rd party plugin was not created by or is in any way affiliated with Apple Inc.

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  9. Great plugin! The only issue I’ve had with it is that when you’re using caching and the first User-Agent to load a given page is an iPhone, the iPhone style is cached for all subsequent visits regardless of User-Agent. I’ve disabled it for now.

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  13. I haven’t tested yet, but have you tested this with WP-Cache? I need to run that on my WP install due to the traffic I get. I would love; however, to be able to set a subdomain up that automatically utilizes this theme rather than my typical one. Example: http://iphone.douglaskarr.com

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  19. Another thing I have noticed is that it doesn’t seem to work on the archive or single post pages. Only seems to be working on the homepage.

    • Jeremy: We checked out your site and the pages that use the archive.php and single.php template files seem to work fine for us. Let us know if you are still having issues.

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  21. Feature request: I’m echoing a previous comment in that I think it would be awesome if the person browsing your site on an iPhone was given the option to either choose the iPhone version, or the standard version.

    Although I think you guys did a great job with the plugin, and I think it’s a good idea, the wow factor in browsing the internet on an iPhone is it is the “real” internet. So, seeing the real thing should always be an option.

    Just my 2 cents. Keep up the good work.

    • I agree. Perhaps even through an htaccess rewrite! If they go to the subdomain iphone.yourblog.com then load this template instead of the norm!

      I can’t use this because I cache my pages. However, if they were going to another subdomain, I could.

  22. Great plugin! I installed it on my site and it worked perfectly. Several hours later, it stopped working and my site was using my regular theme again when viewing it on the iphone. I deactivated and reactivated the plugin, but I still can not get it to work any more.

    I just read about someone else having this same problem over at weblog tools collection.

    Do you have any idea why this might be happening and how to fix it? Thanks very much.

    • We emailed Lori directly about this issue and she was running 2.2.1-RC1. She updated to the final 2.2.1 and everything seems to be working now.

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    • Jeremy: We just checked your site and it is working. Make sure the option “iPhone User Agent” is selected under the iPhoney menu.

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  26. I had a comment from one of our readers at http://www.macnightowl.com with regard to how our site looks with your plug-in.

    I think this brings up some things that might require checking:

    “Site looks good on iPhone; content is readable without magnification. Tried to send this comment from the phone, but was unable. Spam protection line was not visible, and text box would not work on the phone, so am sending this from my Mac.”

    Any suggestions or does this require an update to this plug-in?


  27. I’m definitely going to put this on my site (still setting it up); great work!

    I would love to second the request for an admin version of this sort of thing. I would really love to be able to administer and _post_ from the iPhone using the WP tools in an iPhone friendly way ….

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  29. Plugin is nice but I agree with everyone that it needs the option to turn it off inside the iPhone. Also a categories option and search function are desperately needed. Iwould also like the option to navigate to other pages on my blog.

    • Michael: We’ve added the Categories, Pages and Search functions to our “To Do” list. Thanks.

  30. I would love to have an option to make this theme version available for all mobile browsers (ie other cell phones). Plus I would like the option to view the site in normal mode as well.

    • Peter: We will look into what’s involved in making the theme available for other mobile browsers. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  33. love the idea you have presented here.
    I currently use wp-pda for mobile device reformatting. I’ll be adding your plugin to see how well they interact. Hopefully well. I’ll keep you posted.

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  36. I have installed your plug-in and theme at http://www.macnightowl.com and iPhone users are welcome to check it out and let me know how it works. I have put an “optimized for iPhone” reference in our footer, and will provide a link direct to this site once things are further along in development.

    I also agree with the suggestion that there ought to be an option to view the regular site on an iPhone.

    Gene Steinberg

    • Gene: Thanks! The option to view the regular site is on our “To Do” list.

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  40. Do you have a badge or something that we can put on our blogs to say “iWPhone” enable or iPhone enabled by iWPhone?

    Thanks for the plugin

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  43. I don’t know if it’s being implemented but how about a “back link” to the old theme. Perhaps some users want to see the site not in the iPhone mode but in the normal mode.

    If you’re visiting my site with a PDA (or mobile phone) you are using an optimized PDA-theme. But if you want you can switch back – and back and back and back… as you want.

    • Jens: We did think about that when developing the plugin. One of the iPhone’s best features is being able to view full websites. It is on our “To Do” list and should show up in a future release. Thanks for your interest.

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    • Tony: iPhoney was a big help in developing iWPhone. We added a tip about previewing sites with iPhoney to our post – thanks.

    • Mojo: Glad you like the plugin. We are considering developing an iWPhone admin theme.

    • Tsewang: We are hard at work on the next version of the plugin. If you want to keep up with the latest iWPhone news, add our iWPhone RSS feed to your news reader.

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