Housekeeping: mobile version available

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Old cell phone

More non-cycling stuff but there’s now a mobile-friendly version of this blog.

Yesterday’s piece on the RSS feed generated plenty of comment and email and so firstly I’ve reverted to the usual RSS format.

Some helpful readers also mentioned having a more-mobile friendly version. And it’s not cyclingtips for nothing, as Aussie blogger Wade Wallace kindly left a tip about making The Inner Ring more mobile friendly.

Thanks to Wade, regular readers via an iPhone, iPad, Blackberry or other device should notice a change in the format. If you prefer the original version just scroll to the bottom of the screen and you can revert to the normal display.

Thanks for all the feedback.

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{ 17 comments }

Budge September 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm

It’s much better for phone use. I no longer have to put my reading glasses on

Anon September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Works fine

Rich September 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Thanks, and it is better

Champs September 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

It’s fine, but that JavaScript warning has got to go. All WordPress mobile themes see fit to obscure most of the page if JS is not enabled, even though the only thing making the content unusable is that warning.

Chris September 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

You acted so quickly on the initial feedback I didn’t even get a chance to put in my pennyworth! Thanks for making this accessible again in full for mobile readers – love the blog but reality is if I couldn’t have got to read regularly on ipad commuting etc I would rarely have made it to the full site either. Now a definite fixture again both mobile and full versions. Keep up the great work!

Willie September 14, 2011 at 4:07 am

Dont notice a difference. Loads as awkwardly om my ipad as it always has.

The Inner Ring September 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

Willie: try now, I got some of the settings wrong.

If others with an iPad could let me know how it works…

Tom September 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

There was a catagories index button at the top when I viewed the site on my mobile that doesn’t seem to appear on the normal website. It seems like a really useful feature (think someone else suggested it a while back). Why can’t I find it on the normal website?

The Inner Ring September 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Tom: honest answer is that I’ve not been to strict on the categories, they are a bit random and many subjects are uncategorised.

Tom September 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Oh and another point I may as well raise:
I can’t visit the site on my phone with T-mobile (have to use wifi) because it is blocked as it “contains content that is unsuitable for under 18s”.
Is this something you can fix from your end?
Thanks :-)

The Inner Ring September 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Tom: yes it happens to T-Mobile and O2 users in Britain.

It turns out my site is on a server that also hosts something “inappropriate” so every website on the server is banned.

I need some help to get this unblocked, I need the “trace route log” which is a summary of your device’s attempts to contact the server. You should find a trace route app to download that will allow you log this and then copy/paste a copy.

If any reader who is blocked in the UK could send this, I’d be very grateful.

Simma September 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm

for t-mobile, every t-mobile user can sign up to their website and turn the 18+ content block off… as i originally had the same problem and now don’t :)

O2 might have a similar option…

Lucky September 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

This is kind of hard to describe. On the mobile version on my iPad, I couldn’t scroll up or down the page unless I was touching the grayish areas of the page outside the white text boxes. This made scrolling pretty difficult when the text boxes covered most of the page/grayish area. Also, I think I randomly discovered the mobile version on/off switch under the “contact” link as I was desperately searching for a way to ask you how to turn the mobile version off. Not sure if that switch is on multiple pages or just the “contact” page, but it would be nice to have a link to it to make it easier to find. The mobile version doesn’t have graphics or anything so it “feels” better (more unique) to be on the regular version to me. I’d keep reading it either way though. Thanks for all your hard work!

Willie September 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Works now. Better.

Champs September 16, 2011 at 1:14 am

I see the rubbish Javascript warning has moved to a more suitable place, at the top of the page, rather than blocking otherwise-readable content. Fantastic.

The Inner Ring September 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

Champs, good news but what is this warning? As I’m only a blogger and not testing the site across all types of browsers and devices, I usually can’t see what you see.

Higgins September 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Love the mobile version, just have to fit in work and some riding now…

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