Web Design Forum Going Mobile?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by CaldwellYSR, May 23, 2012.

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  1. CaldwellYSR

    CaldwellYSR Member

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    What are the chances these forums are going to go mobile anytime soon? It is a pain to work try to look at posts on my iPhone and I feel like, especially for a forum like this, a mobile stylesheet would be pretty simple. I don't know who the owners are but with the community we have I'm sure we could work together on getting the site mobile or something? Any thoughts?
     
  2. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I doubt it. but you never know. the whole site could realistically do with a redesign, but...

    have you got some ideas on it matthew?
     
  3. Edge

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    It would be a fair bit of work - I just spent two days doing a mobile version of a relatively simple site so a forum like this would be a good bit of graft if you wanted it to look ok.
     
  4. DHDdirect

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    Best bet would be import all the data into a new bulletin board that is ready for mobile. Is there such a thing?
     
  5. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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  6. ian

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    nobile is definitely on the agenda
    vbulletin 4 was/is rubbish in my opinion. It does have some nice features, but I am sure a lot of people would prefer version 3 over 4.
    There is talk of vbulletin version 5 coming out in the not too distant future, depending on how that is, this forum will more than likely just skip to version 5 and bypass version 4 completely. I will look at a professional redesign if I decide to upgrade to vb5.
    I really dont like the way vbulletin is headed since they sold out to some venture capital firm. I wouldnt even rule out a switch to invision or xenforo, I am just waiting to see how vbulletin 5 thing turns out.
    I think I would prefer forumrunner over tapatalk, not sure if I will use mobile optimised pages or a mobile app. Either way I cant afford to completely ignore mobile.
     
  7. Edge

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    Got it - dead easy - just do this:

    * {
    display: block;
    max-width: 480px;
    float: none;
    position: relative;
    }

    :) :)
     
  8. CaldwellYSR

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    Can't believe I never checked back on this thread. I always forget the general chat thread :/

    The only idea I had was the tapatalk app because I use that for my tennis forum and it's great. Other than that even something as simple as some media queries to target mobiles would be a great improvement. Possibly hide parts of the table the shows all the threads to make only the important info show... Up the font size, just give it a cleaner feel overall.
     
  9. CaldwellYSR

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    Unfortunately I don't know much at all about vbulletin or any other forum software. I've never had cause to use them yet on any of the pages I've worked on. Like I said in the last post I think some small changes, even as a short term "fix" would be wonderful.
     
  10. ian

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    vbulletin 5 promises better mobile optimization
    http://www.marketwire.com/press-rel...social-community-website-software-1668391.htm
    but I cant help but feel they are trying to just mimic something else,
    vbulletin 4 looked like they were trying to mimic invision, and the screenshots from vbulletin 5, together with the recent activity stream feature on the latest version of vbulletin 4 makes me think they are trying to make it more like a social network.
     
  11. CaldwellYSR

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    No ideas of their own ;) at least mimicking a social network makes a little bit of sense.
     
  12. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    vBulletin has definitely suffered somewhat after JelSoft were "aquired" by Internet Brands and I would have thought that getting vB4 into a truly usable state would be a priority over developing another version to try and drive licence sales.

    The vb4 forum I mod at, is far too often in a less than responsive state since the "upgrade" to version 4.
     
  13. computerGeek

    computerGeek Banned

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    I think having web design forum on your mobile phone is quite handy.
     
  14. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    There is a pun in there but even I wouldn't stoop that low.
     
  15. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Or would I??????
     
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    Don't much, too about VBulletin...but i know that it will great output. It gives tangible benefits to customers. ---Online Pharmacy
     
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