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Sneak peek at new mobile version for the boards

patrick*gringo*patrick*gringo* NoobPosts: 147 Settling in
We're experimenting with a new mobile friendly version of the boards.

We've been working to create a style that is mobile friendly but gets over some of the problems with the old one.
  • This new one is quicker and simpler- we've cut out the javascript.
  • The basic functionality is available- you can login - post threads and access PMs.
  • You can switch easily between the main version (for PCs) and this mobile version - we've taken out the auto detect (so you can decide which style you prefer to use on your mobile. We really wanted to avoid forcing anyone to use this style on your mobile.

We know that currently over 20% of the people using the boards in the UK access them from mobile devices. So we're really keen to improve their accessibility on mobile.

Anyway - please check it out on your mobile and let us know what you think and how you get on. In particular, it's really useful if you let us know what device you're using to access it and what operating system you're using.

You can access the mobile style here: http://vbulletin.thesite.org/?styleid=57

Btw - this is really a sneak peek ahead of a more official announcement about TheSite.org on mobile soon. :thumb:

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    We're experimenting with a new mobile friendly version of the boards.<br />
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    We've been working to create a style that is mobile friendly but gets over some of the problems with the old one.<br />
    <ul><li>This new one is quicker and simpler- we've cut out the javascript.</li><li>The basic functionality is available- you can login - post threads and access PMs.</li><li>You can switch easily between the main version (for PCs) and this mobile version - we've taken out the auto detect (so you can decide which style you prefer to use on your mobile. We really wanted to avoid forcing anyone to use this style on your mobile.</li></ul><br />
    We know that currently over 20% of the people using the boards in the UK access them from mobile devices. So we're really keen to improve their accessibility on mobile.<br />
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    Anyway - please check it out on your mobile and let us know what you think and how you get on. In particular, it's really useful if you let us know what device you're using to access it and what operating system you're using.<br />
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    You can access the mobile style here: <a href="http://vbulletin.thesite.org/?styleid=57&quot; target="_blank">http://vbulletin.thesite.org/?styleid=57</a><br />
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    Btw - this is really a sneak peek ahead of a more official announcement about TheSite.org on mobile soon. <img src="images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="thumbs up" smilieid="20" class="inlineimg" />
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    hmmmm I clicked the link and now my computer version is like the sneak preview of the mobile version?!?! I don't understand why, how do I change it back?

    I've got all the codes showing too for various formats on the text above.... Panic?!

    edit: oh I see, there's a little box at the top you can click. Ignore me!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Can't get on the boards on my mobile because of a silly content lock (haven't had chance to remove it though, my fault! Says I'm not old enough :d) but can get on through my ipod and looks cool, deffo prefer this version! :thumb:
  • patrick*gringo*patrick*gringo* Noob Posts: 147 Settling in
    hmmm7 wrote: »
    Can't get on the boards on my mobile because of a silly content lock (haven't had chance to remove it though, my fault! Says I'm not old enough :d) but can get on through my ipod and looks cool, deffo prefer this version! :thumb:

    Cheers hmmm7 Yeh I had the same content lock. I think a lot of people have the same thing. It's really annoying as it creates another barrier to getting to TheSite. Great that it works on your ipod. Great to know.
  • patrick*gringo*patrick*gringo* Noob Posts: 147 Settling in
    hmmmm I clicked the link and now my computer version is like the sneak preview of the mobile version?!?! I don't understand why, how do I change it back?

    Glad you found it PurpledHaze. This was one of the biggest pieces of feedback from last time. We're not finished with this by any means - as think we can make this mobile theme clearer still - so that it's easy to spot where all the functionality lies - such as home to get back to the full site. Happy to take suggestions on how you think we should refer to standard style. At the mo we've put 'Main Site' but it could be 'Standard view', 'Full site', etc... what would be clearest?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yay!! I can use it on my phone again :D
  • patrick*gringo*patrick*gringo* Noob Posts: 147 Settling in
    **Deeds** wrote: »
    Yay!! I can use it on my phone again :D

    Cool **Deeds** - be sure to let us know how we can improve it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I don't know whether its just me but when I saw the main site button, I saw it as in go to the main thesite.org page, instead of the boards. Think it probs would be clearer if it said standard view or full site as you said. Maybe that's just me though :chin:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    hmmm7 wrote: »
    I don't know whether its just me but when I saw the main site button, I saw it as in go to the main thesite.org page, instead of the boards. Think it probs would be clearer if it said standard view or full site as you said. Maybe that's just me though :chin:

    I thought that too.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    When I'm on my mobile and type thesite.org into the search bar, the only thing that I can use is the local advice finder. It is abit funky looking though and I do have to scroll all the way down to find the search bit. I can get on to the main site when I'm on the boards though. Any of that make sense?
  • patrick*gringo*patrick*gringo* Noob Posts: 147 Settling in
    Thanks baa ram ewe and hmmm7 for this feedback - we can change that! Makes total sense what you're saying.
  • patrick*gringo*patrick*gringo* Noob Posts: 147 Settling in
    When I'm on my mobile and type thesite.org into the search bar, the only thing that I can use is the local advice finder. It is abit funky looking though and I do have to scroll all the way down to find the search bit. I can get on to the main site when I'm on the boards though. Any of that make sense?

    At the moment the stylesheet for mobile on TheSite.org is broken :-( - this is what we're about to mend in the next hour or so - touch wood
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