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Demystifying Mobile Web Development

Toward the tail end of last year I read an article suggesting that there was no longer a need for mobile web specialists like ourselves here at Wapple as “…web developers can make one site work across multiple devices/platforms, including PC’s…” It further suggested that the populus will all be smartphone users shortly therefore rendering designing for multiple devices redundant.

This article struck me as particularly misleading for those seeking genuine advice on mobile strategy and creating a future friendly mobile ... Read more

Should you develop for small screens or create a ‘Mobile Experience’?

Developing websites for multiple screens and adapting your designs for a “One size fits all” approach is the hot trend at the moment. Seminal books from Ethan Marcotte and Aaron Gustafson have kicked up a storm in the design and development world with people realising that they can style their site differently in order to make it fit multiple devices. On the surface this sounds fantastic, but looking deeper reveals multiple flaws in this approach and not giving the due care and attention ... Read more

Architect sees total requests surpass 1 BILLION

They say you should celebrate your successes and for Wapple this week has certainly seen it’s fair share, including our award winning technology ARCHITECT surpassing its billionth use; this means; requests made on Architect (by Exhibit) to serve mobile-friendly mark up (html5, html, xhtml, chtml, wml) perfectly and appropriately to mobile browsers from existing web applications that use this fantastic solution. 1,019,863,895 uses to be precise at the time of writing this!

Architect enables you to mobilize your existing websites & ... Read more

New chunk from Wapple: Shops

Today sees the addition of an exciting new chunk to Wapple Canvas – the shop chunk.

For anyone wanting to display a listing of their products, be it either a one off list, or a list of categories, or a list of items inside a category – it’s all now possible.

You’ve got a load of options to play with:- display thumbnails next to product titles; upload separate thumbnails for each category; options for pagination and of course as with everything ... Read more

Input image submit buttons

If you’ve ever tried to design a nice submit button for your mobile site, you’ll know what a pain it is.

One option is to design it with CSS – add a border here, a background there, and you’ll get something that looks a little bit like a button. Take advantage of some CSS3 features such as border-radius and maybe a gradient background and you can come up with something really nice.

But what happens on phones that don’t handle CSS3 (or ... Read more

404 pages on Canvas powered mobile sites

We’ve added a great new little feature into Wapple Canvas recently – the ability to design and create a page in your site, and assign it as a 404.

So if someone hits your site but ends up on a URL they shouldn’t, you can now create a handy 404 page that might have links to your sitemap (or even a Sitemap chunk on it), a link to the home page, or anything you want.

You can edit your 404 page exactly ... Read more

Got a lot of text? Paginate it!

Got a lot of text? Paginate it!

If you want to split a text chunk over a number of pages, just include [/pagebreak] in the body of your text and pagination links will split the text over multiple pages. Simples.

You can even control the text of the pagination links in the labels page of Canvas.

Canvas Campaign Groups

As part of our overhaul to Canvas reporting (more on that soon), we’ve created a new feature in Canvas called Campaign Groups.

What it allows you to do, is create a group with a name, then place your campaigns into these groups.

We’ve got some fancy new reports coming soon that will display your campaigns grouped together in a really nice way – but for now, start creating your groups and place your campaigns into them.

More dynamic rules..

As we’ve talked about previously, we have some awesome dynamic activation and suppression rules.

They allow you to tailor chunks of functionality so they only appear on specific versions of a particular mobile operating system – and up to now, we only enabled it for the BlackBerry OS.

We promised that there would be more, and indeed there are! We have added the following operating system rules:

Android
iPhone OS
Web OS
Windows Mobile
Symbian

In addition, we’ve added a dynamic rule to test for the vendor ... Read more

Phonecall chunk with International dialling

Previously, with the phonecall chunk, you’ve not been able to specify an overseas number – or rather you have, but no-one from overseas can dial it.

You now have an option in Wapple Canvas, and an element in WAPL that allows you to specify a +, or 00, or whatever your international dialling prefix is. It’s labelled up as “International Prefix” in Canvas, and it’s <prefix> in WAPL Read about how to use it with your own scripts here, but for ... Read more