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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:59 am

Well, the one undeniable thing is that the mobile experience on here is far from optimal. It's a plain installation of phpBB, a platform that is unchanged from over a decade ago, long before smartphones with proper browsers:
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Modern mobile websites have large buttons that don't need to be zoomed-in to press or zoomed-in to read the actual content. The phone "experience" (user-interface paradigm, rather) is fundamentally different from the desktop/laptop "experience". It needs a separate interface in order to actually be something most people would want to use on a regular basis.

I mean, unless you're very-much used to adapting desktop sites to the phone - the iPhone browser does it relatively well, but other browsers on other phones that don't have an octo-core 8GHz CPU in them have rather a bit of trouble with the zooming and positioning thing :lol:

Hell, this forum isn't even using the LATEST VERSION of the pre-packaged software that it runs on! This version (below) has been around for a few years - YEARS - now, and it still hasn't been upgraded to it!

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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:09 am

FalconFour wrote:Well, the one undeniable thing is that the mobile experience on here is far from optimal.
Did you even try the link in the first post?

Mobile version of the site.
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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:04 pm

davewill wrote:
FalconFour wrote:Well, the one undeniable thing is that the mobile experience on here is far from optimal.
Did you even try the link in the first post?

Mobile version of the site.
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Where the heck is THAT link on the... wuh. I didn't even see that. I had a miserable experience trying to use the site with my phone, and I came here to express that... I wouldn't expect that a mobile version would be hidden as a "style". You know, a nice mobile version like that is only good if it's automatically directed to it from a mobile browser! On the phone, I'd want to see the mobile version first, with the option to use the borderline-unusable "full" site as a link to the "full site" at the bottom in the footer (as usual for mobile sites).

Because yeah, I didn't even know there *was* a "mobile version". I was saying we should get one! >.< Now it's just a matter of making that "mobile style" more visible...

edit: *looks back at first post*... yeah, I think when I wrote that original post of mine, I was on my phone and that link looked to my eyes like a signature line so I just glazed past it. D'oh. Yeah, it definitely needs to default to mobile if you're on a mobile browser IMO...
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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:35 pm

I'd prefer a profile option to use the mobile site vs an auto- redirect. I use a tablet and don't want to be redirected to the mobile version, the browser version is perfect on my tablet.
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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:07 am

vrwl wrote:I'd prefer a profile option to use the mobile site vs an auto- redirect. I use a tablet and don't want to be redirected to the mobile version, the browser version is perfect on my tablet.
I agree on the tablets, they're a funny bunch. But tablets can request the desktop site or mobile site based on a preference in the browser (phones can too). Just as long as the forum respects that request and sends the mobile site when the browser asks for one.
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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:41 am

FalconFour wrote:... I wouldn't expect that a mobile version would be hidden as a "style". You know, a nice mobile version like that is only good if it's automatically directed to it from a mobile browser! ...
You should really go ahead and read the whole thread. You'll see that it's a trial of the feature. I'd prefer an auto redirect plus links on both to get to the other version. The site can then use a cookie to remember which version you were browsing last.
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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:28 am

I'm going to try this -- great to see it's being looked at.

I do observe that since doing more and more mobile (Phone: S3, Tablet:note 10.1) it is the sites that work well on mobile that I use lots.
The sites/forums that don't I pretty much rarely visit (that's the case here sadly)

My favourite app is tapatalk (I use xdadeveloper a lot), second to that there's forum runner (which leaf talk uk uses)

And yes I've seen the posts about security concerns

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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:24 am

I've begun to notice that Google search results are starting to point to the mobile interface sometimes. It would be a good idea to block the crawlers from the mobile site. It also seems like it's time to make this more accessible by automatically directing mobile browsers to it.
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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:55 am

I read 99% of the time, and rarely comment. I find the Android Google Reader (via the RSS feed) perfect for my use. When it goes away (in a few weeks) I figure I'll happily migrate to my next RSS reader.

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Re: Mobile version of the forum

Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:04 pm

Pushpak wrote:I read 99% of the time, and rarely comment. I find the Android Google Reader (via the RSS feed) perfect for my use. When it goes away (in a few weeks) I figure I'll happily migrate to my next RSS reader.
I was a Google Reader fan, but recently found Feedly as a Reader replacement and it's working well for me in that capacity.
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