There’s a good chance that visitors to your site these days will be using a smartphone. We feel it’s important to provide them with a great reading experience while on the small screen, so today we’re announcing a new mobile theme: ‘Minileven’.
Minileven is based on the popular and beautiful theme Twenty Eleven, with a lot of tweaks to optimize it for mobile screens. It will use the header image, background and widgets from your current theme for a great custom look. Post format support is included so your photos and galleries will look fantastic on a smartphone.
If you were using the old mobile theme on WordPress.com, you will automatically see Minileven when visiting your site from an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone device. You can enable or disable the mobile theme in the new Mobile settings screen:
We will continue to improve on Minileven in the future. What else would you like to have in a mobile theme?
Look forward to seeing my sites looking prettier on mobiles now! The older mobile version was good anyway in terms of functionality, but it’s nice to have a nicer-looking one now. Thanks!
So JUST TODAY I had a subscriber send me a private email asking if I could possibly adapt my blog to make it easier to read on a smartphone Seriously.
What timing! :)
Hi and thanks for sharing with us the Minileven theme, i’ll surely install it.
Looks pretty neat!
I think it is a late anouncement. I’m a regular mobile user of WordPress.com and I was seeing it for couple of last days. It is beautiful theme. Easy to navigate, readable and clean. The best thing is that it shows Widgets too. Only navigation-menu is the weak point of it , which shows Pages instead of custom menu!!
Took a look and WOW. AMazing. Now visitors don’t have to click through to see the starting image I post for each article. SWEEET. The white background is nice. Somehow seems more airy than the old theme. I like it and it really makes the mobile experience an “experience” as opposed to a series of hurdles to try and enjoy something.
But the main PITA of the old these is still there. You have to click & wait just to see people’s comments. Why!
If people click on the article on the web, they see the comments. The comments are very short snippets of text WAY less data than the images now being fed down the pipe. (I assume the images are downsampled by WordPress before sending to mobile handsets- please confirm this)
I just now looked at the four blog sites that I manage for my clients.
In general they look nice on my Droid. Two problems though.
1 – The entire screen on a smartphone scrolls, not just the text area. So, backgrounds that are fixed on a computer are no longer fixed on a smartphone. That means that when a person scrolls down for a bit on their smartphone, the background ends and there’s only a solid color which is not brand-aligned.
2 – 3 out of the 4 blogs I reviewed don’t show Pages/Tabs anywhere on the smartphone screen. They show up as Pages/Tabs on the top of the computer-version layout, just not visible anywhere on a smartphone screen.
How did you come up with the name? Leven = Life in Dutch.
What can I say, people are already visiting my blog on their mobile. Thank you for bringing Minil11 :) Happy November.
Can we dynamically change the use of themes for mobile device & desktop browser? It seems that this is exactly what I am looking for right now for my website.
Nice. Looking forward to more mobile-optimized themes.
Great looking forward to this new mobile theme…. Gracias
Any chance of having it for .org sites?
Great theme. Now only if we had a mobile dashboard… Just hoping. Its not always feasible to download and use the app. A mobile web dashboard would be great. Cheers.
There seems to be a problem. When I look at my blog using my mobile (iPhone), the photos are all shrunk in horizontal orientation.
Do we have the option to choose the old mobile theme? I think it works pretty well. Cheers!
After being at a conference yesterday and seeing the number of smart phone users (including me, still wet behind the ears), I don’t really know if the figures for feature phone users outside the US is still as high as it was even a year ago. I’m assuming that the WPTouch theme introduced in 2009 is still displayed on those phones. Mobile rocks!
I don’t see Minileven option anywhere – looked in new Themes and plug-ins.
We have our own hosted blog and a (currently hidden) WordPress.com blog.
Have I missed something?
any chance to have available for Blackberry??
Looks great. I like it. Especially because the demo has photos of Budapest (I live there). :)
Great work! I take it that was one of the projects the Automattic team worked on last week in Budapest? I can’t wait to see the other ones!
sorry i havent understand it… this is a theme that exists on the theme gallery so you can pick it up OR Minileven is an option on the Mobile section at the wordpress Appearance panel?
i am unhappy about this theme.
1. Takes a lot of time to load with images (an issue on slower GPRS networks here in Europe).
2. Also it doesn’t respect my settings: I choose to have 1 post on main page and this theme displays 5, with no way to overrule this.
3. Also I much preferred to have excerpts rather than full post, as in the former mobile theme.
4. In the former mobile theme comment counter was on top near the post title, now it’s hidden at the bottom, while with animated discussions readers are interested to see how many new comments are there.
PLEASE give option to customise new Mineleven theme or give choice of former mobile theme.
hmmm….this is good? because i am checking all my blogs on mobile and at the footer says: wptouch, so now if i am going to see my blog on a mobile wptouch would be removed and minileven will show up? i mean, minileven came to replace the wptouch mobile friendly view when you see a blog on wordpress.com on a mobile?
I didn’t know it was released today until I checked my site on my Android device. Neatly done and clean! That’s really a good start on welcoming more visitor using mobile devices! Keep it up!
@Dan: No worries, thanks for the response and least it answers the question! Keep up the good work!
Hmm, this sounds like a good compliment to my Twenty-Eleven theme. Keep up the good work, but I ask you – if WordPress.org provides a Twenty-Twelve Theme, will there be a minitwelve theme on WP.com?
I prefer the older version of mobile theme since I have pretty long post for each one. If you don’t want to give me the option to choose, at least give me back the share button for facebook and twitter! Please!
I just checked it on my Android and it’s fantastic. The old one was functional but this new look is bootylicious. Well done guys.
Nice Theme :)
This new theme is awful. Why change something (ie WPtouch) that’s worked so well?! It’s actually what made me switch from TypePad to you guys! It’s definitely cleaner than this new disaster you implemented.
I’m very disappointed since the new theme looks and feels like a huge step backward. My blog is practically broken on it and the perfoamce is worse since it includes full posts on initial render.
Please give me the option to keep WPtouch. Or refund my $99 and I’ll move my blog to Tumblr.
Doesn’t look too bad, but from what I am reading, we pretty much aren’t getting a choice of mobile themes? What if we want to stick with WPTouch? We should have the option of choosing our mobile theme, just like how we have the option of choosing our main theme.
cool! thanks for this!
Any chance the Minileven code can be made public so we can use it on WordPress.org (self-hosted) blogs? I have a plugin now, but Minileven is much cooler!
I dont understand why you dont offer a special mobile theme instead.
Like a user said before, I would like to have my custom menu instead of the pages. And I would like to see what it looks like on my computer as well, not just on a smartphone.
I really wish you would release some more special mobile themes instead of some of the stuff you are releasing right now…
is there any changes for the blogger to choose what theme to use, just like we did it at Computer Version, because I Agree with beyondanomie that the Old Theme is good interms of Funcionality . . . and . .. more low resource :D . .. because . . you know . .. many blog reader in developing country like mine only have a limited bandwidth :D
Hmmm, seems like this new mobile theme doesn’t fit the somewhat smaller screensize of my (lower-range) android phone. Text adjusts itself okay, but images and header for instance are to wide. The size is perfect for browsing in landscape-mode though, in portrait it is too wide. On the contrary, if I view my blog as full-site everything is scaled perfectly. Header, images, … everything is displayed very nice + it adjusts very well when zooming. So the full site version works better then the mobile one on my phone.
PS: I was just testing and my wife’s blog doesn’t have this problem (bestamped.wordpress.com). If I view her blog on my phone the mobile theme scales everthing nicely. Strange.
Very disappointed in this new theme. Gone are the menu and share buttons. And when I clicked to view full site I now cannot find a link to go back to mobile. I’d like the option to return to the old theme please. This was a big step backward.
Sharing Buttons are not showing on this theme, as those were shown on WPTouch in past.
Awesome! I was wondering why my blog looked different on my phone. Good job!
This is great! My only gripe is I have the background fixed on my blog but on the mobile version it scrolls. I would like it fixed on both because the scrolling away to no background further down looks messy. Can this be fixed?
I would like to have the option of using the old mobile theme (WPtouch?). It was more of a real mobile theme instead of the shrunk down version of the full site. Having the option for either the new or old theme would be nice. Thank you.
I love it! I check my blog from my phone often, and noticed the change a few days ago. It looks great!
Preferred the old version. The large amount of scrolling through each post is a PITA. If it did auto-excerpts that might work. But mass scrolling through (long) posts is a real shame and misses the point of a mobile theme IMO. A case of one step forward and two steps back it seems. Regrettable.