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Mobile Phone / iPhone / PDA Detection and Style Assignment
Mod Version: 1.0.1, by dartho (Coder/Designer) dartho is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.4 Rating: (10 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 301
Released: 28 Oct 2009 Last Update: Never Downloads: 2040
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This add-on will detect most mobile phones, iPhones, PDAs and other mobile browsing devices and automatically for the user to a specific vBulletin style.

Release Information
1.0.1 Initial release for 3.8 ported over from 3.7 version

THIS IS IDENTICAL CODE TO THE 3.7 RELEASE!

I only re-released as soooo many people ask the question "is this OK for 3.8" You do not need to upgrade if you already have installed! However - should there be any changes in the future, it will likely happen here.

What can it do?
Detects most mobile phones and force the user to a specific style (users will not be able to select other styles from a mobile device with this add-on installed). If you have multiple styles installed which are optimized for small screen mobile devices, iPhones, WIndows Mobile devices you can assign a specific style to each of these groups.

Whilst designed with mobile device users in mind, you could also assign styles to self defined browsers. For example you can assign an alternative style to Internet Explorer users whilst Firefox users get the default style. You could also assign an alternative style to Google or Yahoo spiders.

Instructions:
0. Install styles which you wish to assign to Mobile/PDA/iPhone users - some links will appear at the bottom of this post
1. Download the product file
2. Install via Product Manager
3. Configure options via vBulletin Options, Mobile Device Detection (should appear at end)
4. Start browsing from your mobile device!
5. Click "Mark as Installed"

If upgrading from a previous 3.5 or 3.6 version, you will need to uninstall that and the install this one.

To uninstall simply uninstall the product - there are no database changes or additional files.

Styles released on vBulletin which you can use:
Dartho's Mobile, Cell, Phone, PDA, iPhone Style for vBulletin 3.7 (<-- yep, that's mine)
ElForro's iPhone / iPod Touch Optimized Style
Zachery's vB Lite Style
vBMechanics Mobile Alabama Style

Due to the stripped down nature of these mobile styles, you will find that most for 3.5 and 3.6 will work quite happily on 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 & 3.8 although additional features introduced in vBulletin in recent years such as Social Groups, Blogs and Photo Galleries will not show well on a small screen. All should display your actual forums well.

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Old 09 May 2010, 10:40
dartho dartho is offline
 
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Adding google as a custom user agent string is done via the "Custom User Agent String" section in AdminCP - I just added "google" You could add as many spiders as you want assuming they have unique usert-agent strings, but you'd have to do this manually

Some might suggest that the mobile style is more SEO friendly as it has little markup and lots of content - but I have no real knowledge in this area, and did not design it for such.

As for showing text in links - I assume you mean alt or title tags. I don;t know how google treats these, but it wouldn't take much to add them in to this style if one was keen.
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Old 09 May 2010, 11:36
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Originally Posted by dartho View Post
Adding google as a custom user agent string is done via the "Custom User Agent String" section in AdminCP - I just added "google" You could add as many spiders as you want assuming they have unique usert-agent strings, but you'd have to do this manually

Some might suggest that the mobile style is more SEO friendly as it has little markup and lots of content - but I have no real knowledge in this area, and did not design it for such.

As for showing text in links - I assume you mean alt or title tags. I don;t know how google treats these, but it wouldn't take much to add them in to this style if one was keen.
Thanks for that, and i will look at how to get the mod to reference the spiders.xml for the future.

I found the issue though, it was the header_includes template all that was there was the link to the wireless.css it was missing the site keywords and description, i added those, turned it back on and all is well in the search engines

Thanks for your time dartho!
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Old 25 May 2010, 00:11
AURFSCAN AURFSCAN is offline
 
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seems to be working on 4.01 just nice....thx
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Old 02 Jun 2010, 05:45
madbatty1 madbatty1 is offline
 
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Someone may know why the iPad is not handeled like the iPhone via this plugin?

or I better say ... how to get rid of that problem^^
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Old 27 Jun 2010, 13:16
AURFSCAN AURFSCAN is offline
 
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Originally Posted by madbatty1 View Post
Someone may know why the iPad is not handeled like the iPhone via this plugin?

or I better say ... how to get rid of that problem^^

try adding the iPad to the list of user agents in the plugin (plugin manager)
- Edit: Plugin Detect Mobile Device and Assign Style

-Scroll down about half way, you'll see what I mean.


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Old 28 Jun 2010, 02:31
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That would detect as a mobile, but not as an iPhone type device. I would have thought people would want the iPad as an exception so it gets the full style? - but to be treated like iphones etc, you should change the following in the plugin.

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Old 28 Jun 2010, 20:11
Megatr0n Megatr0n is offline
 
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Originally Posted by dartho View Post
That would detect as a mobile, but not as an iPhone type device. I would have thought people would want the iPad as an exception so it gets the full style? - but to be treated like iphones etc, you should change the following in the plugin.

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dartho, what code changes are there between this and the 3.7 version even if it's small?
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Old 28 Jun 2010, 22:45
dartho dartho is offline
 
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just a version number if my memory serves me right?
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Old 30 Jun 2010, 07:56
AURFSCAN AURFSCAN is offline
 
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thx for clearing up the ipad thing dartho
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Old 01 Jul 2010, 01:58
AURFSCAN AURFSCAN is offline
 
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I have a question dartho. How do I make it that guests see the mobile skin. ATM if your not logged in and view the forum via mobile you see it as full view. Log in you get mobile view.

How to enable forcing of mobile skin to guests viewing via mobile?

thx
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Old 01 Jul 2010, 03:34
dartho dartho is offline
 
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When you say "Guests" - do you mean not you? I would guess that you have not made teh style user selectable and as such guests can not see it - and other users wouldn;t also, but you as admin can as admin can view non user selectable styles.
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Old 01 Jul 2010, 13:06
AURFSCAN AURFSCAN is offline
 
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stupid me .. so silly so simple, cheers mate thx again.
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Old 05 Jul 2010, 23:32
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AndrewRich AndrewRich is offline
 
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I would like to add a UserCP option that allows users to override mobile detection and always use the full desktop style. I'm having difficulty figuring out where to add code for this or how to determine the UserCP variable.

I have added a User Profile field, checkbox style, defined as 'field16'. How can I determine whether the user has this checkbox checked or not when the plugin loads?

Thanks.
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Old 07 Jul 2010, 20:56
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woow gr8 installed and nominated.. works
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Old 14 Jul 2010, 19:25
cloferba cloferba is offline
 
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does this work with vbulletin 4.0.3?
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