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Offline thehj

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simple portal and mobile phones
« on: June 15, 2009, 02:40:21 PM »
hello there
i installed simple portal 2.2.2 on a fresh copy of smf 2 rc1-1....

members using their cell phones have been complaining of having everything "mixed" together...

i told them to try this site (which is simpleportal.net), they told me everything went fine

when i disabled simpleportal in my site, everything went fine as well

so, any ideas please?
thanks a lot in advance

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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2009, 03:06:25 PM »
Apologies for the intrusion but why use a cell phone to view the portal?

OK I know it's easier than going shopping etc with a complete desktop pc but....
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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2009, 03:31:58 PM »
Are they using wap/wap2/imode? Or viewing the normal theme?

Can you post a link to your site (via PM if you don't want to give it publically), so that I can have a look?
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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2009, 03:34:00 PM »
Sheesh technology. Makes me feel old. ( ok I'm 36 but I still feel old).
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Offline thehj

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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2009, 03:57:01 PM »
honestly i don't know what wap means, nathaniel, but this member is using nokia 81
my site: www.jumss.net/testforum

i'm 20, listener, and i too feel old when it comes to mobile phones :D

Offline thehj

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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2009, 04:23:09 PM »
Apologies for the intrusion but why use a cell phone to view the portal?

OK I know it's easier than going shopping etc with a complete desktop pc but....
i've just read this
it's a forum for students, so most of them use the phone in the library, easier to carry if you ask me, but nothing can do the work like a laptop, it's always with me :D


ok, i used one of the themes by dziner studio, and, it worked!!
the only difference i could find is that if i change the resolution of my screen in dziner themes, it stays fixed, while default themes expand and shrink to fit the screen

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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2009, 04:25:00 PM »
Kids know a lot more than the adults when it comes to technology I suppose.
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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2009, 12:49:30 AM »
Yeah, that is the default SMF theme, so it should work okay.

I don't actually have a phone with internet capabilities so I can't really test it...

They could use SMF's wireless templates, the urls below will show your site with a more basic template...
http://jumss.net/testforum/?wap2
or http://jumss.net/testforum/?wap
or http://jumss.net/testforum/?imode

I haven't really explored getting templates to work with mobiles, so I can't really say what the issue is with the default theme, but you could try out some different themes to see if they work any better...
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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2009, 01:10:24 AM »
Having a full HTML browser on my phone, I can testify that it's a double-edged sword. If you get the portal optimized for the desktop, you'll never have it optimized for the mobile platform (until the mobile platform catches up with the desktop). If you optimize the portal for the mobile platform, it'll look terrible on the desktop. Since most users click in on a desktop or laptop or some sort of full computing device (and not a mobile phone), that's probably the direction we need to optimize it for.

That said, here's what I see on your forum. It seems that the default theme sets the width to almost the device's width (that being 95% width, so it shows up as nearly full width on a 320 X 480 resolution or a 1600x1200 resolution. What the site is forced to do, since our portal is tabled, is display the two side tables at full width, and squash the center table since that is the only variable-width region of the forum.

My suggestion, to make it look pretty on mobile phones (but with more scrolling), dive into FTP and open the /Themes/default/css/index.css file of your forum. Alternatively, you could make a copy of the default theme (in Admin > Themes and Layout, at the bottom) and then go to Admin > Themes and Layout > Modify Theme and click on the new copy's name, then css, then index.css. Change the line that says:

Code: [Select]
#mainframe
{
font-size: 85%;
width: 95%;
margin: auto;
}

to:

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#mainframe
{
font-size: 85%;
width: 95%;
min-width: 720px;
margin: auto;
}

What that will do is force any screen to show the forum at a minimum of 720 pixels in width. This is a decent width for the forum, but you can adjust that amount up or down as you please. It will cause scrolling on smaller screens, such as mobile phones, but that's the side effect of needing the forum to look properly.
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Offline thehj

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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2009, 01:16:24 AM »
that's brilliant, thanks a lot

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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2009, 08:39:19 AM »
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Re: simple portal and mobile phones
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2010, 03:03:10 AM »
Kids know a lot more than the adults when it comes to technology I suppose.

I admit that almost teenagers were becoming more expert and advanced when it comes to technologies. They are more curious than adults in using mobile phones in which they make it as a hobby.  Adults also learn in using mobiles, specially those who are looking for a job.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2010, 01:37:22 AM by jeanlery2010 »