Posted on October 20, 2009 Posted by John Scalzi 17 Comments
A couple of people today have asked me whether they missed the announcement that I had installed a new version of Whatever to be read on mobile devices. The answer is no, you haven’t, because I wasn’t aware that there was a new mobile version of Whatever. But there is, apparently, thanks to the folks at WordPress.com, who blog about adding the mobile themes here. So if you’re looking at the site via your iPhone or BlackBerry or whatever mobile thingie you use, it’ll be stripped down and somewhat easier to navigate through. There’s also an option to look at the full site, however, if you liked it the way it was.
So, apologies for the surprise, but, well. It was a surprise to me, too. That said, I found it the Whatever easier to read on my phone earlier today, so I’ll be keeping that turned on for now. Naturally, those of you accessing the site on your standard computers or via RSS will not care about any of this. Until you visit the site on your mobile. And then you will be delighted.
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I’ve never had a lot of trouble accessing the site from my mobile. Every now and then if you had posted a video or one of those audio clips my device would squawk at me, but nothing major. I’ll have to check it out, see what the differences are.
Sweet! Thanks. This is my second time here, pleasantly surprised by the new mobile theme. Feels like you rolled out the red carpet.
I ran across the new mobile theme this afternoon. It’s way easier than the regular theme on my phone thats for sure.
Nice! I just got an
iPhone on the 19th and then this comes out. Serendipity!
Upon reading this—via RSS—I immediately pulled out my iPhone to check out the site. Love it! So simple to use and it puts the content first, exactly the way any design should.
That Mullenweg is an okay guy.
Cool. I’m with Hobbyns — I just bought an iPhone, and this just adds to my joy.
I never would have thought people would prefer the mobile version, esp. on an iPhone. On my cheap webphone (an Instinct), mobile versions of pages, including WordPress’s one, seem more like vandalism.
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Looks good. Kudos to the wordpress team then.
Looks spiffy too…
I’ve accessed wordpress sites via the Lynx browser which strips the site down the essentials as well. WordPress sites are on of the few I’ve found that default into a really nice ADA friendly format. Kudos to WordPress.
I usually read Whatever on my phone using a Google reader app, but I went over to have a look.
I wasn’t that delighted, to be honest. I don’t like the fact that the mobile version only gives you the headings of the posts and you have to click through to find out what they’re about (I don’t religiously read all the comment threads. Bite me). I don’t know about iphones, but in my android phone the main reading column of the full version is sized just right to scroll down and read the text without being bothered by the sidebar columns, so it’s easy to read anyway.
So I have to say I’ve turned off the mobile version. Sorry.
Works great for me. I generally catch up on Whatever while art the bar and poking at my Blackberry.
Been crazy busy but meant to say thanks. I see you went with the WP Touch plug-in. Now our blogs have something in common ;-)
Not delighted. Sorry.
What is the rumor about the new Star Trek TV show coming out? My brother has been talking about it all day, can’t be true, right?