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ChattyChristians.com now has a mobile theme!

Postby Wesley » Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:11 am

ChattyChristians.com now has a theme that automatically targets mobile devices! This includes iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, Blackberries, and tablets.

This is a theme, and not an app, so this is totally native to the board, software, and server. For the geeks out there, this theme is also served to search engine bots rather than the full theme because the mobile theme is much lighter weight, loads less elements, and is faster which makes search engines happier and rank sites higher. (It also helps that the site is hosted on a dual socket, eight core server that isn't doing much else right now)

If you prefer the full theme to the mobile theme when you're on a device, you can look to the bottom of the page and choose the Desktop theme (scroll the picture all the way down to see what I mean):

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I've got a few more improvements to make to it, like adding the "Hello Bar" to the mobile theme. (If you've come to the site when you weren't logged in and seen a red tab, and thin red drop down element encouraging you to register, that's the "Hello Bar") However, it's pretty much done and ready for mobile users. I do have plans to add support for the TapATalk app if you prefer using that for browsing forums. I do not think I'll be using Forum Runner after some research into it versus TapATalk. I hope to have that squared away sometime in this coming week.

Let me know if you have any troubles with the mobile theme. I've tested it a little bit on iPhone, Android phone, and BlackBerry tablet. (Thanks little_tigress!)

EDIT: Okay, so it looks a little funny when you browse deeper into forums and threads. I think the Good AdWords are breaking the proportions. I'll look into it...
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Re: ChattyChristians.com now has a mobile theme!

Postby Sara » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:44 pm

You are a good forum master! :D
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Postby Ethnog » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:55 pm

Thanks so much!
I used it last night!
Thank you!!!
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Postby Amber » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:04 pm

Feedback: I switched to the mobile site on my iPad mini for this thread but the full site is easier and better looking on it. I will try my cell next and see how it looks.
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Postby Edwards1984 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:52 am

Is there an app? :P
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Postby Heather » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:51 am

I tried it today :)
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Re: ChattyChristians.com now has a mobile theme!

Postby Wesley » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:32 am

Sara wrote:You are a good forum master! :D

So good I only tested the home page and didn't notice that all subsequent pages are broken because of the dimensions of the AdSense ads! :P I'll get on that this week.

Heather wrote:I tried it today :)

General thoughts?

Ethnog wrote:Thanks so much!
I used it last night!
Thank you!!!

You and Deacon were one of the biggest reasons I added it. I know that you specifically rely on your phone so much.

Amber wrote:Feedback: I switched to the mobile site on my iPad mini for this thread but the full site is easier and better looking on it. I will try my cell next and see how it looks.

I've heard that from others too, that iPads are so large that the full site is just fine. I hadn't considered if Minis were large enough too. My mom has one of those, I should steal it for an afternoon. Your cell will look great on the home page, but look broken on all other pages. For now. :|

Edwards1984 wrote:Is there an app? :P

There will be! I hope... I'm looking at putting the TapATalk plugin into the forum. at a much future date, I'd love to have a custom TapATalk app in the app store just for this site, but that will be very advanced in our development as a community. We'll need a lot more pageviews and contributing members to make that worthwhile. ;)
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Re: ChattyChristians.com now has a mobile theme!

Postby Sara » Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:50 am

Hey, one person can only do so much within a certain period of time. The point is that you listen and handle things. :)
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Postby Ethnog » Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:25 am

Sara wrote:Hey, one person can only do so much within a certain period of time. The point is that you listen and handle things. :)

YES!
I wish I could help but I know so very little about these things and just learning how to do mod stuff.
Thanks Wes, I'm always on my phone now so its easier for me.
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Re: ChattyChristians.com now has a mobile theme!

Postby Wesley » Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:21 am

Ethnog wrote:Thanks Wes, I'm always on my phone now so its easier for me.

Okay, sounds good enough for now, but I really need to double down and figure out how to make it look like it's supposed to. More news as events warrant! =)
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