Better Mobile Support

#1
Hi Alchemist,

I was wondering if you can add better mobile support for this forum. Many times, I want to check the forum on the phone and the default site opens up which is difficult to use on the phone because of the constant scrolling (both up-down and side-ways) and relatively higher bandwidth requirements.

Can you (in your free time if you have any) look at any way to provide an additional display style which is more conducive for mobile devices? I searched a bit and found this which might be good enough. Hopefully, there should be some capability in vBulletin in which it recognizes that the device requesting the page is a mobile device and sends the pages in the mobile display style. Or, at the minimum, have a URL like m.e-investing.in which serves the pages in the mobile display style.

Thanks.
 

Alchemist

Administrator
Staff member
#2
I will see what I can do.

I have never surfed the internet using a mobile and so don't have much idea how sites work on mobiles. :eek:.

The style that you have mentioned is for the newer version of vbulletin (vbulletin 4).

A very smaller number of users use a mobile to surf this site.

In the last 30 days, only 477 visitors used a mobile device to surf this site.
 
#3
That's fine. Earlier, I used to surf this site using my mobile, but it was cumbersome, so I don't do it anymore. If you enable it, there will be more hits, at least from me ;).

Thanks for considering. This was just a suggestion for a "nice to have" feature.
 
#6
Back in the pre-mobile days, the change from native clients to web-based clients was hailed a huge revolution in computing. You no longer had to write separate clients for different platforms - you could make your client web-based and it could be accessed from Windows, Linux, Macs, Solaris whatever. Everyone moved from native clients (which were richer & easier to use) to web-based clients. Ajax and other stuff made it possible to make reasonable rich & easy to use web-based stuff.

Now with mobile - world is going in a backward direction - though Apps aren't full fledged native clients, they aren't portable just like native clients weren't. 3 years down the line - there will be another web revolution Mobile 2.0 where Apps will cease to be the flavour of the day.
 

Alchemist

Administrator
Staff member
#7
Even I would like to see this Site in Mobile, I would like to be available in some Mobile app or better view in Mobile.
The newer version of vbulletin (script used in this forum) has inbuilt mobile support.

I want to update but the newer version is still in beta. I will update once a stable version is available.
 

Atiker

Active member
#8
Hi Sachin,

Even I would like to see this Site in Mobile, I would like to be available in some Mobile app or better view in Mobile.
I find no difference in browsing this site with an opera browser on Android Gingerbread on a Samsung mobile compared to desktop. It looks pretty neat with opera on Android. Give Opera a shot.
 
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#9
The newer version of vbulletin (script used in this forum) has inbuilt mobile support.

I want to update but the newer version is still in beta. I will update once a stable version is available.
I have very no personal experience with this. But from what I have read vBulletin has got screwed up after they were bought by InternetBrands (from Jelsoft). Lot of people have frozen on v3.8.7 because that was the last good release & v4.0 is a mess. Again, I have no personal experience with this - so do your due diligence before upgrading to 4.0.
 
#14
Yes, when I had started this thread, I was using Nokia N82 and the experience was not good. Now on the Android mobile that I have, the usability is as good as on a computer. But I am not sure how the speed will be on a 2g network. Does someone access this site regularly on 2G? Experience?
 
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