games.on.net rolls out new mobile theme, various site upgrades

GON Mobile

By on November 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hello, friends! We’re pleased to announce that today marks the rollout of a bunch of improvements to the games.on.net site, including a proper mobile theme, as well as some various site upgrades to improve performance.

Mobile visitors will now see a slightly modified version of WPTouch, which provides slick, ultra-fast mobile browsing to anybody cranking their games.on.net from a smartphone. While this only works for the front page, we encourage anybody looking to do mobile forum browsing to grab the Tapatalk forum app for their phone of choice, as our forum is set up to support it.

Meanwhile, we’ve also deployed a jQuery UI upgrade (thanks, ginji!) and made some other various tweaks. If anything’s on fire or not working as it should be, please let us know!

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Too bad I can’t use the Tapatalk-compatible app on the Windows Phone marketplace with GON because of some strange cookie setting in the OS that blocks login (can’t change this setting either as MS insists it’s for security purposes).

Also, I can’t get to the mobile site on my Lumia 900.

 

palzer0: Also, I can’t get to the mobile site on my Lumia 900.

It took me quite a few refreshes to get it on Safari, but now it’s working fine. Could be the same issue? (Maybe not, though.)

 

The tweet display module on the forums is busted. Seeing blank spots where tweets should be.

 

Looks snazzy, and I can browse fine on my phone, but it crashes the browser as soon as I start typing a comment.

But that’s probably a combination of an older phone running an older version of android (2.2) more than anything else.

 

Might be nice to add the logo?

 

Tim Colwill,

It doesn’t seem like you’re detecting the IE Mobile UA string…?

 

waiting for games.on.net rolls out the “edit” button

 

Nice work ginji, great to see the community stepping up to make our home a little bit nicer :)

 

Such a shame you have to pick that horrible ios style look, What if someone has a Windows Phone or an Android? Why should they have to put up with a mismatched look on their phone?

You really should have gone with a platform-agnostic look so it looks at home on all 3 major mobile platforms.

 

Am I the only one who thinks of Transformers whenever the term ‘roll out’ is used?

 

elmar01:
Such a shame you have to pick that horrible ios style look, What if someone has a Windows Phone or an Android? Why should they have to put up with a mismatched look on their phone?

You really should have gone with a platform-agnostic look so it looks at home on all 3 major mobile platforms.

We pretty much used an out-of-the-box solution here I’m afraid as we don’t have the time or resources to devote to what you’re suggesting! But if you’ve got any alternatives you’ve come up with theme-wise, we’d be happy to look at them :)

 

nacimota:
Tim Colwill,

It doesn’t seem like you’re detecting the IE Mobile UA string…?

I don’t… know what that means I’m sorry, but perhaps some knowledgeable type will stop by and explain!

 

So what’s a “jQuery UI upgrade” do for me? Or is it a case of if I don’t know what it means having it explained to me probably isn’t going to help much?

 

Tim Colwill: We pretty much used an out-of-the-box solution here I’m afraid as we don’t have the time or resources to devote to what you’re suggesting! But if you’ve got any alternatives you’ve come up with theme-wise, we’d be happy to look at them :)

Really funny – I am setting the same ‘out of the box’ solution up for a client at the moment. Yours isn’t very pretty though, no customisation.. I’d be happy to spend even a few minutes making it look better if you want.

 

Tim Colwill: I don’t… know what that means I’m sorry, but perhaps some knowledgeable type will stop by and explain!

Firstly, how is your site checking whether a browser is mobile or not? Simply looking for webkit or?

 

Tim Colwill: I don’t… know what that means I’m sorry, but perhaps some knowledgeable type will stop by and explain!

By “you” I meant the games.on.net website. It detects what browser (and platform) you are using by looking at the User Agent string, which is kind of like the browser’s signature. If the UA string of a mobile browser is detected, the mobile site is served instead of the regular version.

If in my desktop browser I manually change the UA string to, for example, Android’s built-in webkit browser, I can see the mobile site:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/19093054/gonmobile.png

palzer0 was saying that he couldn’t reach the mobile version of the site on his Lumia 900. This is because while the site detects the UA string for iOS and Android mobile browsers, it does not do so for the mobile version of Internet Explorer (the Lumia 900 is a Windows Phone). This is probably just a developer oversight.

 

This is because while the site detects the UA string for iOS and Android mobile browsers, it does not do so for the mobile version of Internet Explorer (the Lumia 900 is a Windows Phone). This is probably just a developer oversight.

emobile/7.0 is one of the UA strings by default in that theme.

 

nacimota,

Ok so they’re simply looking for mobile-webkit. Bad idea since AFAIK Android’s Chrome won’t even work here.

BTW, an FYI to GON, the UA for WP7 IE:

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows Phone OS 7.5; Trident/5.0; IEMobile/9.0; ; [;; [;<operator] are naturally autofilled.

 

Sorry let me do that again. The UA is:

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows Phone OS 7.5; Trident/5.0; IEMobile/9.0; ; [;<operator])

 
TheOriginalDaniel

Yet not edit option for comments -_-

 
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