1 February 2011

Blogger launches new mobile templates for reading on the go

Update: Blogger Announces Mobile Template Support for all Template Designer Styles

In December 2010, Blogger finally launched the much-awaited feature that would allow Blogspot users to maintain their current desktop site, while automatically enabling a mobile-compliant version of their site without having to go through the rigors of creating one themselves. The enabled mobile version of blogspot blogs would then allow the viewing of posts on mobile devices and smartphones.

Many bloggers love to have their posts viewed on smartphones because of the ever-incresing number of people who surf the internet with mobile phones and other mobile devices. However, it can be difficult at times because of the small screen size. This issue is now taken care of by the new mobile templates!

Initially available as opt-in functionality on Blogger in Draft, mobile templates will re-format your blogs for smartphones to enhance your readers’ viewing experience.

In order to activate mobile templates, simply go to Dashboard > Template > Wrench icon (Customize Mobile Template) tab, and enable the mobile template option by choosing the Yes. Show mobile template on mobile devices option in the 'pop-up window' that shows up; and then save settings.

Feature highlights of the new mobile templates
  • Preview: Get a glimpse of what your blog will look like by clicking on the Mobile Preview button. You can also see it on your smartphone by scanning the QR-code to the right of the options.
  • Automatic redirection: All opted-in blogs will automatically be redirected to the mobile view when accessed from a smartphone*.
  • Template support: Blogger is initially supporting 6 variants of the Simple template and 6 variants of the Awesome template. If you have used one of these 12 templates through their Template Designer, your mobile view will be rendered in the same style as your desktop view (other template variants will be rendered as Simple). Some gadgets are also supported**.

  • Mobile ads: Mobile AdSense ads will be displayed at the top of the post pages and at the bottom of the index page if the blog has an AdSense gadget or inline blog ads. For example, see the picture of my former mobile blog:

  • Comments and videos: You will be able to make comments and watch videos.

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