Last week, I finally joined the denizens of web enabled Smartphone users with the purchase of a BlackBerry 8330. As such, I’ve noticed that a number of web pages and blogs are rendered by the browser are done so with less than desirable results. Granted, iPhones and the newer touch-screen BlackBerry’s don’t seem to have any problem rendering pages since they are designed more with that purpose in mind but I enjoy using my the online capabilities of the BlackBerry 8330 and appreciate web pages and blogs designed to work with the device. As such, I’ve made some upgrades to Adaptistration’s blog template so it automatically detects mobile phone visitors and displays a customized mobile blog theme…
This customization should make getting around the blog much easier for mobile users and for those preferring the standard template, you can switch over via a link at the bottom of the mobile template (labeled “View Full Version”) and iPhone users should still land directly on the full version. If you are an iPhone user and want to try the new template, just visit adaptistration.com/?mobile and then save it as a bookmark if you prefer it over the full version.
Another nice aspect of this custom mobile template is it still provides users with access to pages as well as a simplified interface for leaving comments. You can find the list of pages at the bottom of the mobile home page and comments are available by clicking on each post’s respective comment link (FYI: to simplify browsing, comments don’t automatically appear at the end of a post; if you want to read or leave a comment, just click on the comment link).
If you have a blog of your own and would like to set up a mobile version, take a look at the mobilepress plugin for WordPress. I’m not familiar with plugins or apps for other blogging platforms but if anyone has suggestions, feel free to mention it in a comment along with your personal experience and a link to the respective blog.