I have a mobile version of gametz.com ready for some real user testing and feedback.
If you have a mobile device and want to help me test it, let me know (post here or pm me) and I'll add you to a list of people who will have access to the new mobile site.http://m.gametz.com
should work once I put you in the tester list. You may need to sign on as well. If you're not in the tester list, it will just show you the regular site.
To be clear, this is a version of the site that has been heavily altered to work well on a mobile device like a smart phone (iPhone, Android, etc.). It assumes a smaller screen, uses easier to click buttons and is overall slimmed-down and simpler than the regular gametz site.
I tried to focus on just the most-used and most-important parts of the site: PMs, offers/trades, search, listings, user pages, forum, matches. Other parts of the site aren't generally linked and may not work if you somehow end up there (let me know if this happens).
One thing that's worth noting is that for keeping your lists of items up to date (add, edit, delete), there's no My Items page. Instead you can work on your list via browsing your own user page or by item search results/pages. This was part streamlining of the interface and just that the My Items page is so complicated as it is and not something that made sense to try to convert.
For the forum the first page it shows you will do an All My New Replies at the top, then a forums list under that (hidden in a collapsible button). There are various other adaptations you'll notice as well, but I think I've captured the core forum experience.
One of the things I haven't come up with a great solution for is quoted text. Currently, it can often look messy because it's longer/wider than fits nicely on a mobile device. Given the use of |
>'s on lines, it's a tricky problem to resolve. Potentially, I could try to move the whole site to quoting that isn't line-based, but that's a big change. So, we'll see.
I used jQuery Mobile to develop this. I have an iPod Touch I used for testing as well.
At this point my plan is to let both subscriber and non-subscribers use the mobile version of the site. There's a banner ad for non-subs (or subs that set ads on - who does that?)
This is pretty major, so there are bound to me many issues. Let me know about any problems you have.