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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blog Accessories, And The Mobile Template

Some blog owners don't care much for the mobile template.

A few blog owners simply think that the mobile template is just too plain looking.
Where are all of the gadgets?
These blog owners express a concern which is not too hard to resolve. If you want gadgets to be visible on a mobile display, make the gadgets visible. Of course, it's up to you, to not add too many gadgets, and make your blog impossible to read.

By default, most gadgets are blocked, from appearing, when the blog is displayed in mobile mode.
Only Header, Blog, Profile, PageList, AdSense, Attribution will be displayed on mobile when the mobile attribute is 'default.'

You may have to add mobile="yes", to the template code, for any other gadget.

<b:widget id='FeaturedPost1' locked='false' mobile='yes' title='An Important Update' type='FeaturedPost' visible='true'>

It is not too difficult to override the block, for gadgets that are not enabled.

You have to use Template Editor, to add the mobile setting.

Use the Template Editor, and find the entry for each gadget. This is one case where you cannot just add mobile="yes" as part of the HTML gadget code.

Add / edit the "mobile" attribute, for any gadget that you want to appear in mobile mode.
mobile="yes"

Some gadgets can be made to appear only in mobile mode.

Using the "mobile" attribute, it is possible to have various gadgets appear in mobile mode, only.
mobile="only"

This would allow you to have two versions, mobile and non mobile, of gadgets which can be added in duplicate.
<b:widget id=”PageList1” locked=”false” mobile=”no” title=”Page List, non mobile” type=”PageList”/>
and
<widget id=”PageList2” locked=”false” mobile=”only” title=”Page List, mobile” type=”PageList”/>
This example would let you index specific pages, to be displayed in mobile mode, for instance.

Now your blog can have distinctly different displays, in mobile mode, and in non mobile mode.

Dude, hit me with a comment!

Angelina L said...

Chuck, this is really helpful.
Questions:
1. Is there any way to create (write) using Android mobile?
2. I have changed the template settings for mobile mainly because the text was appearing very small on mobile. But I preferred the desktop settings mode for mobile because then my sidebar (gadgets, "follow me", etc.) appeared. If I go into the template settings and change the font, would this make a difference in the text size on mobile? (Then I could switch it back to desktop settings).

You're the blogger wizard. Thanks.

Chuck Croll said...

Hi Angel,

1. Please clarify. Do you want to
a. Use an Android smartphone, to enter Blogger code / settings?
b. Use the Blogger dashboard, to enter Blogger code / settings for an Android display?

2. You can change settings for desktop, and for mobile computer, displays separately - if the blog is using a mobile template.

If you change the desktop settings (fonts) this will not affect the mobile template. If your blog is not using a mobile template, this will affect the "desktop" blog display, on a mobile computer.