Auto convert blogs for iPhone / iPad?

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I've been using Typepad since the beginning, and in all that time I've looked on at Wordpress blogs jealously with their simplified optimised versions for mobile devices. Now I see that Wordpress automatically creates a beautiful iPad version of any wordpress blog, thanks to OnSwipe. Is there any possibility that Typepad will offer both of these services?

I *know* that Typepad blogs can be seen and read on iPhones / iPads / etc, but a shrunken version of a standard desktop browser view does not make for easy viewing, no matter how good your eyes are.

Simon Widdowson, Champion

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Jeff Reine

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Hey, Simon - thanks for the note! Are you primarily looking for an optimized browser experience or an app experience? What are your readers asking for?

Simon Widdowson, Champion

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Hi Jeff,
I'm looking for an optimised browser really. We have developed both iPhone and Android apps for the school website blog - but optimising the whole site automagically would be great (just like you see with WP sites).
An iPad optimised site would be marvellous too.

Bob Cohen

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Excellent news. The iPhone optimized appearance is important for me. The iPad has enough real estate for a standard Web view.

Jeff

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Gotcha, Simon. We kicked this project off with the mobile team last week. Might take some time to build the right experience for all our users but the wheels are in motion. We get different feedback regarding mobile and tablet optimization. For you, should there be a 'default' mobile theme? Would that suffice?

For tablet we hear lots of dissenting opinion about trying to present optimized sites since the screen size is sufficient for full browser. What would you want it to look like?

mynameiskate

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This is very exciting news! I tweeted about this last week to the @Typepad account (no response :( ) - but I read about the new WordPress plugin that allows a WP user to automagically have a mobile version. http://mashable.com/2011/03/23/18-mil... Would LOVE that for my Typepad sites. Great to hear you guys are working on it!

Simon Widdowson, Champion

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That's great news. The perfect solution is on a mobile device it defaults to the simplified post view, with option at the bottom / top of screen to "view desktop version".

Oh - and as for tablet devices, converting a blog into a magazine format (like the Flip app does with twitter content) is the kind of idea I was thinking about.

Jeff

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Thanks, Simon.

Ricky Ribeiro

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Glad to hear this is in the works. For me, I'd love a default mobile view, but I'd also like the option of customizing a m.barkbiteblog.com version of my site with Typepad. I can do that through mobify, but I'd much rather work with my CMS.

bchoughton

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This is the kind of news that stops me from migrating to Wordpress.

Jeff Reine

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Good to see all of the activity on this thread. I want to set expectations that we kicked off this project last week with the Mobile team and that it could be a bit before we formulate our plan and start building. There's lots to evaluate and other items to address as well... That said we will try to be as communicative as possible and know that this is important to the community.

RobiNZ, Champion

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This would be awesome.

PS: The iPhone editor app could use a bit of work too. I found you can write a long post with no problem but cant edit after posting.

I had a typo to fix near the end of the post so opened it again. I found only the first paragraph or two showed in the editor with no way to scroll down to where the typo was. When you are composing long text can be flick scrolled with ease but not when the post is edited.

Ricky Ribeiro

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Any movement on this, Jeff?

Jeff Reine

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Unfortunately no, Ricky. It got pushed back as our Mobile team's priority shifted. But we're taking it on in the core team and have it planned for the first half of this year. I hesitate to make any more concrete promises until I know we can keep them.

Keith D. Patch

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How about now, Jeff?

Jen, Typepad Support Engineer

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Hi Keith! Many of the newer pre-made themes (Metropolitan, Scene, etc.) have an updated mobile stylesheet which display a simplified version of your blog on mobile devices. You may want to check out one of these themes if you want a different look for your blog on mobile devices.

Also, we have tips for customizing your mobile stylesheet here and here which you might find helpful.

Keith D. Patch

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Hi Jen--

Thanks, I was already using the newpathconsulting.com autodetect code on my "Mosaic" formatted site (http://www.keithdpatch.com/). So that was no help.

I tried both the “Clean” and the "Metropolitan" newer pre-made themes, and both of them have the same problems:

1. The Navigation bar is totally missing. As my blog is set up as a Web site, my Nav bar is most important; as it is missing, all a mobile user can get to is my home page! Pretty useless, if you ask me!

2. My footer is replaced by a useless footer that I cannot edit and fix.

3. Your "Weekend Project: Style Your Mobile Blog with Basic Templates" does not help with the Mobile content, as it only deals with fonts, colors, etc.

Help! My users need to navigate somehow!

Thanks in advance,

--Keith

Brianna, Official Rep

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Hi Keith--

Thanks for reaching out and clarifying what it is you need in a mobile version of your blog.

The issue with the autodetect code for your blog is that it redirects to the Mobile /.m/ version of the blog. The templates for that version are automated and strip a blog down to its core content (blog title and posts). I recommend turning that off by removing the code, then seeing if the mobile version of your template is satisfactory.

Reconfiguring the templates is something I'll be personally looking at, the start of the new year, so I'll be taking a look at all the requests in this thread and seeing which are feasible and/or work with out roadmap of Typepad for 2013.

Thanks again for sharing your feedback! :D

Keith D. Patch

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Brianna--

Thanks, the new mobile version of http://www.keithdpatch.com looks much better on an iPhone now that its not the /.m/ version.

More comments related to the /.m/ and automagic version of a web site,

1.) Is there a way to view the automagic mobile version of a web site on a desktop browser, as you can with the /.m/ version? Like on an iPad mini?

2.) Are there any plans to have a button to select the standard version of a Web site when using a Mobile device? And a button allowing a switch back to the automagic version?

3.) Is there a listing of the Typepad designs with the automagic mobile version display? Can you tell me if Powell Street is automagic-capable?

Thanks for your help!

--Keith
http://blog.fuelcellnation.com

Brianna, Official Rep

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Hi Keith,

Only the 6 or so most recent themes are coded to have a mobile theme/layout when viewed on mobile devices. They should only appear on smartphones, not iPads. I don't believe they should appear on the mini iPad either, but I don't know for certain at this time.

We're looking into the option of offering a link to switch between mobile and standard view, but there won't ever be a link to view between standard and the "automagic" version.

Hope this answers your questions!

Ted Bergeron

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I'm very interested in this idea too.

Ted Bergeron

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I'm very interested in being able to edit the mobile templates for our blog.

For example on the main page ( http://blog.screamingcircuits.com/.m/ ) where the paragraph is truncated, I'd love to add a "Read More..." link right there. We've had mobile users not understand they have to click the title of the article in order to read the rest of it. :(

Also I'd like to be able to edit the Next and Previous links. For example articles that are too long for one mobile screen ( http://blog.screamingcircuits.com/.m/... ) I've used CSS to add "Article Continues" Next >> to try to differentiate from the Next link that moves to the next article. But that area really needs some work.

Why not just present the entire article an this page and let the mobile viewer just scroll down. Then you wouldn't need the "Next" link at the bottom of the article. Then it would not be confused with the Previous and Next navigation links.

I'd love it if Typepad would take a few hours to improve these basic navigation link ideas. Then I could style the rest with CSS.

Otherwise I really need to have my own mobile templates. Which would be easier for Typepad to implement?

We are seeing about 10% of our traffic coming in as mobile devices and feel like we have to improve in this area now.

Please help.

- Ted
http://screamingcircuits.com/

Melanie, Community Manager

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Hi Ted!

We are looking for different options with mobile. We do have some instructions on how to style your mobile template, however, which might help you:

http://everything.typepad.com/blog/20...

Cheers,
Melanie

Ted Bergeron

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@Melanie - I do like the way the entry-footer and nav is styled on that page, so I'll use that idea.

The one thing I'd love to have now, is in your mobile template, on the main page at the end of each article where the paragraph cuts off... Have a ... Read more link to the article.