Monday, December 17, 2012

Redirecting The Home Page, And Mobile Templates

Everything has its limits - even Blogger features. For a while, we've been seeing hints that mobile templates don't support a redirected Home page.
How do I disable the Blogger mobile redirect "/?m=1"?
Some blog owners would prefer their readers, using a mobile computer, see a redirected Home page, with a desktop template - instead of a mobile display with a dynamic Home page.

Apparently, the mobile redirect
/?m=1
overrides the Home page redirect
/
Actually, this makes sense. "/?m=1" (the redirected mobile template URL snippet) is not equal to "/" (the redirected Home page URL snippet).

For those blog owners who have forgotten how they set the mobile template on their blog, you need to remove the mobile template, using the "Template - Choose mobile template" wizard, from the gear icon beneath Template - Mobile. Simply select "No. Show desktop template on mobile devices.", and Save - and that's that.

Now, everybody - including your readers using mobile computers - will see the standard desktop template (with optional Home page redirect), when viewing your blog.

This probably won't remain a difficult choice, for all blog owners, for long. Newer mobile computers - PDAs, phones, tablets, and such - have rather sophisticated display units, which approach the clarity of normal high resolution devices previously seen on desktop / laptop computers, from just a few years ago. One's readers simply have to get used to a computer with a 6" to 12" touch screen, instead of one with a 12" to 16" no touch screen with keyboard.

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3 comments:

ayca said...

Thank you for the information, I panicked yesterday when I saw my blog changed like that on my I-Pad.

Becca R said...

So, I have my blog (www.svyt.org) to redirect to a custom home page, however, on a mobile device - even though I have mobile template disabled in the dashboard - it does not redirect to the home page, but rather to the "blog". Because the format of the non-mobile landing page is not optimized for mobile, I created a "mobile home" landing page (basically the same content, but formatted for a mobile screen). I can't for the life of me figure out how to redirect a mobile device to the mobile home landing page, instead of the blog, or the normal landing page.

mike said...

I have the same issue as Becca....

I have my redirect setup to use a static Blogger homepage. But even if I turn off the mobile version, when viewing site from smartphone, the redirect breaks and I am repeatedly brought to the original "blog" home page.

Any help or ideas on correcting this frustrating issue?

Many thanks