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Would you like to see a mobile-friendly interface for TheSamba?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:37 pm    Post subject: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

I access This site frequently when travelling and thought a mobile-friendly interface would be helpful.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

The forum software has bee extensively modified so any mobile version would have to be written from scratch.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=703972

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

If it could done for free? Sure.
Since it can't? Nope.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

I access TS exclusively on mobile, it works just fine
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

Making it mobile friendly doesn't mean that it has to be completely redesigned, nor does it require a new interface.

Here's what it looks like on most phones.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

noexit wrote:
Making it mobile friendly doesn't mean that it has to be completely redesigned, nor does it require a new interface.

Here's what it looks like on most phones.

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Like most phones, my phone does not show nearly that much information. Maybe you have an iPad?

So if it's so easy, are you volunteering to do the programming for us?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:01 am    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

I have a android phone , and that screenshot is exactly what I see . I only access this site on mobile and it's perfect. I was a member of the site vwvortex.com since 2001 and when they switched there interface up a few years back I stopped going on the site . it's horrible now .
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:15 am    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

I have an apple so that screenshot is kind of what I see. My phone actually brings in the sides of the site so that the posts look longer but I don't have to scroll sideways. It's perfect and definitely doesn't need to change, it would be confusing to a lot of people if it does change.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:27 am    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

I would love The Samba to use a 'responsive' front end design. I am often in my bus working away when I need to search for the forum for reference. Zooming and pinching the screen is a real pain on my mobile phone.

I can help with the implementation of this if required as I am a software developer in my 9-5 although I am sure the site admins already have this covered! Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

Hello everyone. Mark me down as definitely wanting a mobile friendly site! It's actually very hard to believe that a site this big doesn't have that ability already. There are far far smaller sites that have long been mobile friendly. I feel bad for people trying to use it mobile and have less than average eyesight
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

unitedracing wrote:
It's actually very hard to believe that a site this big doesn't have that ability already. There are far far smaller sites that have long been mobile friendly.

Most of the new site builders and forums have mobile mode built in now, I setup a new Wordpress install for a local club last year and it's fairly slick.
The smaller sites also tend to have less to modify to make mobile work well.
TheSamba, as mentioned, has been around for a while and has a number of custom modules.

Here's a screenshot of theSamba side-by-side with Reddit in mobile-mode (sorry, couldn't resist a shitpost) on my iPhone SE (4" (diagonal) screen, tiny by current standards).
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imo theSamba is very usable as-is on mobile
If anything, a simple-ish css switch that would bump up the default post text font size on small screens would be welcome, esp if you could put an option for it in settings.

Everett, do you mind sharing the current percent of desktop vs mobile users? I see the google-analytics call :)
For my two tiny sites I'm seeing:
56.4% desktop, 33.8% mobile, 9.8% tablet for 429 users in 2019 (has a mobile-mode)
84.7% desktop, 14.9% mobile, 0.5% tablet for 233 users in 2019 (no mobile-mode)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback.

For March, 2019 (rounded):
57.5% desktop, 34% mobile, 8.5% tablet for 640K users
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

+1 for making it mobile friendly.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

noexit wrote:
Making it mobile friendly doesn't mean that it has to be completely redesigned, nor does it require a new interface.

Here's what it looks like on most phones.

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Your screenshot is missing the 'quote' and 'report' buttons, so it's either zoomed in, or cropped off the right side.

-1 for mobile "upgrade".....

I interface the Samba on my phone maybe 60% of the time, and have no problems with the current format. However, I am unlike most mobile users: I don't surf in portrait orientation, nor type with one hand...I rotate my phone into landscape mode so that I get the full width in a size that can still be read without a microscope (yeah, my eyes are going bad), and I type with both thumbs (I'm a Gen X'er Very Happy ).
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: Mobile-Friendly Reply with quote

+1 for charging mobile users $100 a year for a mobile friendly subscription.
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