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The latest version of SiteCM now has a built in mobile detector. Which means all you have to do is design a mobile template and it will auto-magically be applied to your website when it's viewed on a mobile device. Sounds simple right?

Well sort of. We've done the hard half of it for you.

Now it's all about the content. A content owners job is to now tweak their content for the mobile device. Simplified content and probably a condensed navigation are going to be key. The faster your site loads the better particularly on a mobile device where idle time is often limited and comes in spurts. Less is more.
Most SiteCM sites, if their content is well formed, will scale nicely and flow without even touching it.

The exception to that is tables. Tables do not play well when they exceed widths of the viewport which is typically around 300px. What the average mobile user expects to see is a single column of content with vertical scrolling.

SiteCM being the flexible solution that it is easily gives you the option of using your standard website content and a mobile menu comprised of linkTo pages or creating new pages and mobile specific content. It will ultimately be up to the website owner to decide if this shortened content is worth to the end user the time it takes to maintain content in two places. Also many users are going to be looking for specific content. If they know where to get it on your regular website you probably don't want to deviate too far from that on your mobile site.

It may be more worth the time spent to modify existing content so that it flows nicer on a mobile device. This would largely involve removing tables wider than 300px. You can keep your styles by aligning images and objects left or right instead of putting them in tables.

This component is still in it's infancy as far as development goes. We are still doing testing and research to see what direction we want to take it in.
Future development ideas include a 'mobile content' section on each page, similar to summary content where a content owner might be able to customize their content specifically for a mobile device. This would still mean updating multiple content areas but would be more condensed and logical than entirely separate mobile pages.
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Rob Stocks
Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 4:10PM
I also have noticed a few issues with images.

Images should not be more than 300px. If smaller images are left or right aligned then it can create odd wrapping too. You can get a stack of small words, or a few small words and a big gap until the bottom of the image where the first line starts with a longer word. This is most noticeable if images are in the 250 to 300 px range

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