AMERICAblog goes mobile!

I’m happy to announce that AMERICAblog’s new mobile site is live.

You don’t need to do anything special to access it – if your smartphone and/or tablet is compatible with the mobile template, you should be redirected there automatically when you visit www.AMERICAblog.com using your cell phone or tablet device (iPad, etc.). If your device is not supported by our mobile template, you’ll be redirected back to the normal desktop version of the homepage.

americablog-mobile-featured

Supported devices include:

iOS
iPad (Mobile Safari on iOS 5+, Google Chrome on iOS 5+)
iPhone (Mobile Safari on iOS 5+, Google Chrome on iOS 5+)

Android 4
Nexus 7 (Google Chrome)

Kindle
Kindle Fire (Amazon Silk)

While the mobile site looks a lot like our regular site, it will take you a few minutes to get used to how to navigate through stories.  But trust me, you’ll get it.  I did.  Here’s a quick tour of the site layout.

Tablet template (iPad, etc.)

For starters, let’s look at the layout for tablet devices, such as the iPad. Overall:

  • To read a story just click the title or the picture.
  • You can view the different sections of our site by clicking on the “SECTIONS” button at the top left.
  • If you want to get back to the home page at any time, just click the AMERICAblog logo at the top center.
  • If you still want to use the old homepage, just click the funny TV looking button in the upper right-hand corner (if you’re using a tablet, you’ll also see that it says “desktop site”).

If you only remember two things, it’s this: If you’re in a pickle, just click the AMERICAblog logo at the top of the screen and it will take you back to the home page.  Or if the page you’re on is acting up in some way, try refreshing/reloading the page.  I’m sure there will be some glitches as we’ve been working on this a while, but we only just launched it Friday evening.

Horizontal tablet homepage (if you’re holding your ipad horizontally):

home-horizontal

 

Vertical tablet homepage:

home-vertical

Story page on a tablet:

Note that once you’re in a story, there are several additional buttons at the bottom of the page, these include the social media buttons:

  • The speech bubble with the 3 dots in it is to comment on the article – click it, then click “comment” and it should take you to the regular version of the site, where you can scroll down to the comments and comment as usual.
  • The rocket ship will eventually show you more articles from our site that you might like.
  • The square box with the arrow coming out of it is for sharing the article via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or email.
  • And the heart lets you select your favorite articles and do something that honestly I don’t understand as of yet.  So let’s handle that one later – in any case, the other functions I just listed are the more common ones.

Please do continue to share our articles via social media.  It’s hugely important for our traffic, now more than ever since so many people cruise social media looking for blogs posts and news articles to read, rather than going to the sites directly and just browsing.  The only way we get good traffic is by people sharing our articles on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Tumblr and everywhere else.  Someone was asking me recently why it mattered sharing articles on these various sites – because it’s the only way we get enough traffic to make enough ad revenue to keep the site going.

Our revenue is directly proportional to how many visitors we get, and how many pages they read, each month.  So the more articles you share on social media, the more you help us, and every other site you like. Thanks.

So here is one of the story pages on my iPad – you scroll through the stories multiple pages by swiping to the left on a tablet:

home-vertical-story

Not the two little dots at the bottom of the story page – the first dot is black, and the second is grey.  That indicates that this story has two pages, and you are on the first page.  Swipe to the left to read the second page.

 

Drop-down list of site sections:

home-horizontal-sections

 

Mobile template

On the mobile/cellphone homepage, just swipe up to browse through the stories.  When you see a story you like, click the headline and it will take you to the story.

On a mobile story page, you scroll through an individual story by swiping up.  To scroll to the next story on our site, swipe to the left.

Mobile homepage:

iphone-home-vertical

 

Mobile story page:

Note that the social media/share button is the funny little box in the upper right hand corner of the story page – the box has 1 dot splitting into 2 dots.

iphone-story-vertical

 

Dropdown of site sections:

On the mobile site, you can find the various sections of our site by clicking the box with a small triangle in it in the upper right hand corner of the page. Just click a section to see our most recent stories on that subject.

iphone-subjects

Trust me, you’ll get the hang of it.  I always find these new designs confusing at first, but after you play with them a bit they become intuitive, and then downright easy – and even, dare I say, easier than scrolling around our regular desktop template.

I hope you like the new design of the mobile template.  A lot of folks have been asking for it, so I’m glad it’s finally here.  Thanks as always, JOHN

PS Before you ask why I didn’t use the old mobile site we had, that was Blogger’s mobile site (and we’re now on WordPress) but also, the Blogger design had no ads, for starters.


CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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