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MossySF
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Mobile friendly blogs

Postby MossySF » Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:36 pm

Anybody else switching their blogs to a mobile friendly format? I've been doing much more web surfing on my phone now and these devices are getting good enough where we can be untethered from our computers. Feels like the coming wave in the next decade.

I've only tested my new template under an iphone so if you have some other handheld device, take a look at my blog and tell me what you think about it.

http://personalbizfinance.com/pbf/

It's still a work in progress. I want to add more functionality but don't want to increase the height of the menu bar. Still pondering the best UI for that.

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Re: Mobile friendly blogs

Postby ekrabs » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:05 pm

I see you've already done what I was thinking of, which is just to change the CSS template. I think that's probably the best way to go. That way, you don't have to change your basic content to suit different screen sizes and devices.

If you can, it might be worth tying different templates to different subdomains dedicated to mobile devices, similar to what Google and Yahoo have done.

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Re: Mobile friendly blogs

Postby MossySF » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:53 pm

ekrabs wrote:If you can, it might be worth tying different templates to different subdomains dedicated to mobile devices, similar to what Google and Yahoo have done.


I started with that approach. Unfortunately, we're still in the infancy of mobile-friendly blogs so detection of handheld devices, auto rewriting of URLs, auto-publishing of both templates, etc -- it's just not available in a easy template you can install and push the go button. I gave it a try and spent several hours trying to write such code (never did blog template development before so I often had to guess on the syntax). But after not much progress, I decided it would be easier to refine a mobile-only template and then add tweaks to detect larger screens.

So at this point, I'm still backporting elements from a regular template into my mobile template to first get to the refined stage.

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Re: Mobile friendly blogs

Postby MossySF » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:36 am

My templates and stylesheets are much closer to version 1.0 now. Check it out and give me your thoughts on it (whether viewed on a mobile device or a regular computer).

I also installed the mobile blogging plugin so I could in theory write and publish on my iPhone. I doubt I'll do anything more than jot down notes it but it was an interesting project to tackle anyways.

http://personalbizfinance.com/pbf/2010/ ... tform.html


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