We’ve been really impressed with the mobile sites that have launched on VIP recently, many of which are responsive websites. Here’s a quick roundup of recent mobile launches on WordPress.com VIP.
Quartz’s fully responsive theme is blindingly fast, and scales whether you’re looking at it on a phone, tablet or laptop. The site looks and feels like an application. You can read more about Quartz’s innovative design here and here.
LocalTV’s mobile app (available in both the iTunes and Android stores), is powered by a custom mobile theme that is wrapped into an app. It also receives “rich” push notifications, meaning they can push HTML updates.
TIME.com’s Person of the Year site was launched in just two weeks using a responsive theme.
GigaOM’s clean site is also responsive, and is easy to navigate on a mobile phone with a slide out menu on the left for sections and on the right for search and social tools.
Metro’s site is fully responsive, with the added functionality of being able to swipe from one article to the next when on a touchscreen device.
TheVivant.com’s mobile site takes advantage of beautiful slideshows that pop up inside of your mobile browser and allow you to swipe through pages that have both large photographs and in-depth captions. It is a child theme of WPtouch.
The translating the beautiful photography site of Neil Leifer onto a mobile device can be tricky. On this beautiful site, each gallery is represented by a thumbnail: tap once to see the name of the gallery, tap twice to load the gallery.
Williams recently updated their site with a responsive design, which re-orients their homepage carousel from horizontal in the desktop version to vertical in a mobile version, and adds mobile-friendly navigation.
The mobile version of Radar Online provides the full Radar experience, complete with slideshows, videos, commenting and social media tools.
Using a child theme of WPtouch, Sophos’ Naked Security blog loads lighting fast, and offers mobile-friendly drop down menus.