Making Your Drupal Site Mobile-Friendly
With the advancements of mobile phones, the ownership of smart phones have been increasing rapidly. And as tariffs for data plans get cheaper, more are surfing the Internet while on the go. Gone are the days of text-based WAP pages now that full-fledged HTML pages can be used.
This means, when building your website, you have an extra consideration to be mobile-friendly. And that means it has to be hassle-free (eg. minimum/zero horizontal scroll, easy navigation, content file size) so your website is just as usable when viewed on a phone as it is on your computer.
Given that your website is running on Drupal, there are two ways to go mobile. If you already have a mobile theme ready for use, but havent got a device detection to switch the theme for mobile devices, you can use Mobile Tools (http://drupal.org/project/mobile_tools). Alternatively, if you are looking for an easy way to “mobile” your site from scratch, use Osmobi (http://drupal.org/project/osmobiclient).
Following is an overview of what the two modules can do:
|Redirection to the mobile site||Yes||Yes|
|Switch for device groups||Yes||No|
|Support for Mobile User roles||Yes||No|
|Contains mobile theme||No||Yes|
|Changing look & Feel of mobile site||No||Yes|
To conclude, the Mobile Tools module is more for developers who require more customisation and control while Osmobi works better for the newbie because it’s just a friendlier way to get your website mobile ready!
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