Jul 7, 2011

Chuck B. (Back40Feet) Wants You To Go Mobile

While you were busy putting the finishing touches on your patriotic themed hanging baskets Chuck B. asked you to consider turning on mobile templates on your Blogger garden blog. It is a simple request that will take you a couple of seconds to complete.

Enable mobile templates in your Blogger garden blog

To enable mobile templates on your Blogger blog simply log into your Dashboard, click the "Settings" link, click the "Email & Mobile" link, and check the button that reads "Yes. Show mobile template on mobile devices."

Why? Many people use smartphones to browse the web or while using social media sites and the standard templates can be hard to navigate on these phones. Enabling the mobile template doesn't change anything about your blog, it just  makes it easier to read while on the go.

Since we're making suggestions: Click on the "Design" link and navigate to the area of your add and arrange page elements. In the "Blog Posts" section click the link in the lower right corner that reads "Edit." In the window that popup window check the box next to "Show Share Buttons." This will enable the social media buttons at the bottom of your post. Even if you don't use Twitter or Facebook, it is a good idea to enable these to allow visitors to your garden blog to share your interesting posts. Like the mobile templates, this will not change the functionality or design of your blog, but makes a world of difference to those of us who would like to share posts we come across.

10 comments:

  1. Good reminder for us old-school folks. Just enabled it.

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  2. Thanks for the explanation of how to do what Chuck asked. If it ever rains and it is not 100 degrees and I have something to post about, the blogs will be ready!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  3. Thanks for the Mobile tip :)
    Mo

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  4. I appreciate your posting this, MBT. I've been swamped lately and haven't kept up much with the blogosphere, alas. I've made the first change already, but have to fiddle around with my template before I can do the share thing.

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  5. Pardon my ignorance but what issues arise for sharing posts if you don't have a mobile template?

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  6. @Monica, LOL, old school!

    @GP, You're welcomed.

    @Annie Hopefully you all get some relief so you can get back to posting.

    @Mo and Steve, You're welcomed!

    @Jodi, Thanks for posting because you reminded me that I had to fiddle around with this one because something broke when I removed the old share button we all were using a couple of years ago. Maybe I should do a post on that for those having the same issue.

    @Tamara, That's a very good question. Are you old enough to remember what it was like trying to get on the internet with a phone line connection? It is sort of like that! But worse because it is all happening on a tiny screen and you can't bang the side of the monitor. Also, non-mobile blog templates load everything causing the blog to render really slow. It is especially painful if the blog has a million blinking, jumping and musical gadgets in the sidebar.

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  7. I enabled this, but it won't redirect to the mobile version if I click on a link from my feed reader on the smartphone, it still goes to the regular site. Am I missing something or is that not an available option yet?

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  8. Elaine,

    My first thought is that it may take a while for it to take. Whenever I opt-in for the new features it can take a day or two for it to work. the other thing is that I see you're using the custom domain, I haven't heard of an issue between the two features, but maybe that's it.

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  9. I'm also using a slightly customized Template Designer template, so that could be holding it up too.

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