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Friday, July 01, 2011

Setting Up a Blogger Blog for Mobile Devices

Of interest primarily to users of Blogger, but I'm willing to bet that TypePad and WordPress have comparable settings.

Smartphones are selling like hotcakes, and people who have smartphones read blogs on them. This can be damned inconvenient, because of the small size of the screen; blogging platforms default to an assumption that readers are on a laptop or desktop computer.

On Blogger, you can set up your blog so that Blogger detects when a smartphone asks to see a page of the blog. From the Dashboard, click Settings > Email & Mobile. In the Mobile Template section, select the radio button labeled Yes. For more information, read this informative posting on official Blogger Blog.

Anyone want to contribute TypePad and WordPress instructions?

Update: From C.K. Dexter Haven, WordPress information, hoisted from the comments:

 believe that WordPress has the default set to show mobile templates because every time I've read a WordPress blog, that's the version I see.

But just in case:
Start at the Dashboard
- on the left menu, click on Appearance 
- at the bottom of the sub-menu that opens, click on Extras
- ensure that the box labeled "Display a mobile theme when this blog is viewed with a mobile browser" is checked.

2 comments:

CK Dexter Haven said...

I believe that WordPress has the default set to show mobile templates because every time I've read a WordPress blog, that's the version I see.

But just in case:
Start at the Dashboard
- on the left menu, click on Appearance
- at the bottom of the sub-menu that opens, click on Extras
- ensure that the box labeled "Display a mobile theme when this blog is viewed with a mobile browser" is checked.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Thank you! Perhaps I will update and republish this so the instructions are visible.