Adaptistration Is Now Officially Mobile Friendly

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…

send messageThis 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.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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