Took the mobile-friendly pages for a test drive. On my phone and obviously on desktop they're fine, I like how the top bar follows when scrolling and I really don't like drop down menus in general so good riddance. Still not big on the flat visuals though - it seems a small thing, but NG has this annoying image of being an "old" site in an unattractive way and I'm always sort of afraid it'll get pushed farther into that, so I'm not convinced the minimal design (not minimal design in general, just specifically what's on the collections page right now) won't do just that, through looking more rudimentary.
Actual issue here: Using it on an ipad though the collections page doesn't load correctly, with each bit of text loading on top of eachother rather than being spaced out horizontally. Using safari and a slightly older version of iOS, so it could just be me. (@liljim?)
Though FWIW, the rest of the site other than the drop down menus is basically already as good as it can be on a tablet, and it's just frustrating when you get forced into a mobile site when it's not necessary. I find adaptive mobile-friendly sites are the bane of the entire internet when using a tablet for that reason, but I digress.
At 9/17/16 05:03 PM, armydanywolf wrote:
there is even a site which is a "UNOFFICIAL WEB APP" for mobiles: http://newgroundsmobile.com/
I just remembered this exists as well, it's outdated now but I still like it, probably more than I like the current mobile-friendly pages. There's an unofficial app that I think is also by @armydanywolf, could that be a viable alternative?
An official app, I mean. Youtube and some other places like Crunchyroll and Netflix makes most of their money and views through the apps with less users on desktop and very few users actually using the mobile version of the sites in a browser, allowing unblockable ads and more convenient ways to sign up for subscriptions. @tomfulp I can't imagine you haven't thought of this, what's the verdict?
Mobile optimized sites are always still very very awkward and never the optimal way to view content on those devices, and I don't think new users are likely to settle in that way. On the other hand I rarely have an issue with the apps (well, save for youtube specifically & their incessant need to constantly shuffle the UI around and make every action require more clicks with every update). I suppose the mobile friendly site has to come anyway and is probably overdue, it just feels more like a sidestep than real progress right now.
(pic is a screenshot of what it looks like on the ipad, here's another screen of the bottom of the page)