Blogger Introduces Mobile Templates!

A couple of months ago, I was literally pulling my hair out trying to mobilize Anotherwindowsblog. It wasn’t absolutely required but it was nonetheless very cool to do so. If you manage a website or blog of your own, you would want your readers to be comfortable reading your material no matter which platform they may be on. With so many users on their smart phones, it makes sense to optimize a site so that it looks its best when viewed on such a smaller viewing area. Luckily, Blogger in Draft (a version of Blogger that allows users to try out cool new features before it hits mainstream) allows every user to easily mobilize their blog with just a click of a button! This way, whenever a reader stumble upon your blog while on their mobile phone, they would instead be treated to a mobilized version of your blog automatically!

First, log in to your Blogger account via Blogger in Draft. If you’re not familiar with Blogger in Draft, you should be in for a surprise. Here, Blogger allows you to enable new features within the Blogger platform before it becomes mainstream. Of course, there’s no guarantee that every feature you see here will make it to the final stages but the whole point is for you to be able to test out the new features and most importantly, give feedback back to the Blogger team and let them know what you think.

Once you’re logged in, head over to Settings and then to the Email & Mobile tab. Here, all you need to do in order to enable mobile templates is, well, enable it! Simply click on the Yes… radio button. Before you save the setting though, you can easily preview how your blog’s mobile version will look like.

Settings

Preview

As of right now, there really isn’t any customization you can apply to your mobile templates but I’m sure hardcore bloggers right now are working on it and before long, we should be able to customize it to some degree. How your mobile template looks will depend on the current template used. I personally think it looks pretty good. Here are some screenshots of the blog when viewed on my iPhone:

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I did notice that when browsing my older posts on the homepage, the main icons would be missing. Not sure if this is an isolated issue or not.

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If you are looking for a easy way to mobilize your Blogger blog, you’ve got to try out this new feature. One click of a button is all that’s needed! No need to modify your HTML coding and whatnot. There’s not much to customize at the moment but that should change soon once people get to play around with this feature a bit.

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