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GAMESbrief goes mobile

By on November 26, 2010
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I’ve just installed the WPTouch plugin for WordPress.

You won’t see any difference on the home page on a mobile, but individual posts should be much easier to read.

Please check it out on your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or other smartphone and tell me what you think.

I think it’s pretty neat.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve:
  • Ouch. You really dont like it.

    I tried it on my Android and found it much easier to navigate around menu items and, more importantly, to read articles. I’ll revisit it given your objections but honestly, as an Android user I thought it was an improvement.

  • PS: this whole thing is especially frustrating because people who design things like WPTouch seem to have no idea how mobile internet works.

    3G (as a technology) is high-bandwidth, high-latency.

    This means it is *always* faster to download a large webpage than it is to download a small webpage and wait for the user to click before downloading another small webpage

    (which is how almost all webapps work)

    It’s also a massive slap in the face to the last 15 years of the web, to start giving some clients a prejudicial “low quality” experience. The point of HTML is to allow the client to decide how it’s going to render, not the server.

  • FYI: I have an iPhone, so this plugin merely removes features from the site *and* makes it run slower. (things that are 1-click on the main website are now 3 clicks and several aritficial waits – WPTouch shows clearly why mobile-web-apps are much worse than native apps).

    Thankfully, I know what to do these days, as soon as I see WPTouch: scroll to the bottom of the screen (yes, right at the bottom, scroll-scroll-scroll-scroll…eventually you’ll get there, don’t give up!), and find the “please give me the website I actually visited, not a WAP-style cut-down version with half the value missing” button.

    I would love to see WPTouch discontinued. It only damages websites. It’s got to the point now where I will usually close a browser window as soon as I see WPTouch: i can’t be bothered to jump through that many hoops just to view a website. It’s just like putting a full-page Flash “intro” on the front page of your website. It might make the site owner feel their site is now “pretty”, but it’s a largely useless distraction for the site-visitors.