Art of Manliness: Mobile Site Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay on October 6, 2010 · 25 comments

in Blog

Just a quick announcement. Today we’re launching a mobile version of the Art of Manliness that’s compatible for most touch-based smartphones. If you visit AoM on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry Torch, you’ll see a nice mobile-friendly layout. No special app needed. Just visit the site on your browser, and boom! Mobile Art of Manliness. And of course, AoM is still free even on our mobile site.

Here’s a sneak peek of how it looks:

Here’s the landing page of the mobile site. You can see the most recent posts by clicking on “Blog.” Browse the archives by clicking on “Archives.” We’ve also included a link to our Podcast feed. All you iPhone users with OS4 can now multitask while listening to the podcast. Something you can’t do with our iPhone app. Just minimize the browser while you’re listening to the podcast and do other stuff on your iPhone. We also have a link to our social network community. It’s also mobile friendly.

Here’s what it looks like when you click on “Blog.” As you can see, the most recent posts are listed in a nice clean mobile friendly format.

And here’s what a specific post looks like. The text actually fits within the width of the screen so it’s much easier to read.

Android Users Rejoice!

After we released the iPhone app a few months ago, all you Android users asked for an Android app. The Art of Manliness is now Android friendly. Just visit it on your phone’s browser. That’s it. No special app to download.

I actually looked into creating an app specific for the Android but decided on creating a universal smartphone compatible mobile site that works across different mobile platforms. I just don’t have the time or money to create and update different apps for different smartphones.

What About the iPhone App?

Many of you have downloaded our iPhone app. Thanks!  We’re still keeping it around, and it will be available to download, but we’re shifting away from creating apps for specific handheld devices to just creating a universal smartphone compatible site that works across platforms. So I don’t plan on updating the current version of the iPhone app anytime soon.

I want to thank the fine gentlemen at Difted for the great job they did in customizing and creating the mobile version of Art of Manliness. If you ever need web design work, I can’t recommend these guys enough. They’re professional, friendly, and all around good men.

Thanks for your continued support of The Art of Manliness. We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience with AoM. We hope the mobile version of the site does just that.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mitch October 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Awesome! I’ve been hoping for this.

2 Allan White October 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Excellent. Most manly.

Have you actually rolled it out yet? When I hit AoM.com with an iPhone, the desktop site/theme loads first. I’m assuming you’re using Wordpress + WPTouch Pro here.

Check your WPT settings if that’s what you intended. The site doesn’t stay in the mobile theme when navigating around.

Love the look BTW. Retro. Smells like wood shavings, sweat, and leather!

3 Michael October 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Works great on my iPhone :)

4 B. Menard October 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

AoM just keeps getting better. Keep up the great work!

5 BenE October 6, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Man me up Scotty!

6 Ben October 7, 2010 at 1:10 am

The mobile site has worked perfectly on my Android for about two weeks now. Thanks.

7 Cy October 7, 2010 at 1:52 am

Great update! However, I’m most interested in finding out how to get a Blackberry Torch! That’s way more manly than a Touch. ;)

8 Paul October 7, 2010 at 2:17 am

Amazing work!

9 Vaughn G October 7, 2010 at 3:51 am

Thanks!

I’m amazed at how quickly this site keeps growing in less than a year since I discovered it. Great work, and I’m looking forward to new things in the future.

10 Tiago Lira October 7, 2010 at 6:48 am

This is great! But it doesn’t work for me :\

I use a Nokia N97 smartphone, mostly with the Opera Mini browser (yes, we still use Nokia in Europe). I’ve been reading the site often on the phone, in public transportation, waiting at the dentist, even waiting for hours at the airport. Having the mobile version would be very good! Is there a chance of making it compatible?

11 Frank October 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

I’m using an HTC Aria, and I can’t get the mobile version to load. I’ve cleared out the browser’s cache but it’s still loading the desktop version of the site.

12 Will October 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

I’m on HTC Incredible and the regular site loads. Is there a specific domain for the site, or does the appearance change based on client detection?

13 Ryan October 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

Looks excellent on my Samsung Captivate. Maybe the HTC phones have a setting checked in their browser to load the standard version instead of mobile version of websites?

And Cy- you asked about the Blackberry Torch. They’re the newest BB phone, and as far as I know, only available with AT&T. My wife got one, and it is indeed an awesome phone. It’s the first one to ever make me want a Blackberry, if I didn’t have Android.

14 KG October 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

For those with the HTC, the mobile site does not work with the stock browser. It does work with the Dolphin Browser.

15 Bob Downs October 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Hi! Thanks for working on this, but my Samsung Vibrant is still showing the Full Site, rather than the Mobile Site on its default browser.

16 Mike October 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

One question – it that “Squire of Gothos” or “Catspaw”?

17 Jerry Crockford October 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Love the site, and was delighted when I read about the mobile version.

Tried it on my Android (HTC Legend), but I only get the normal site on there. It doesn’t change to a mobile format.

HOWEVER…

Do not fear. I have remembered that I am manly, and have ‘manned up’ and struggled on regardless.

18 Jerry Crockford October 7, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I really enjoy this site, and was delighted when I read about the mobile version.

Tried it on my Android (HTC Legend), but I only get the normal site on there. It doesn’t change to a mobile format.

HOWEVER…

Do not fear. I have remembered that I am manly, and have ‘manned up’ and struggled on regardless.

19 Jerry Crockford October 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Oooops!

Just a nano-second after posting that… it re-loaded and voila! All is good.

Thank the lord I hung on those few minutes and didn’t cry like a girl. :-)

Seriously…. great site. Thanks!

20 Brett McKay October 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Hey everyone-

We’re looking into the problem. It looks like Android users are having the most trouble. Stay tuned!

21 Bill November 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

@Mike: Definitely Catspaw. Korob is holding the voodoo Enterprise over a candle and Kirk is calling the ship to find out they are being cooked.

Mobile site is a great idea. Any possibility of getting support for the Palm Pre? Barring that, a URL direct to the mobile site. Otherwise, I still have my bookmark to Google’s mobile formatted version of the sight. To quote my favorite manly Vulcan: “There are always possibilities.”

22 Bob October 12, 2012 at 7:16 am

A great addition to a wonderful site. Thanks!

23 Falcon October 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Been using the mobile site on my iPhone at the firing range, but an iPad would complete my life.

24 tr November 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Not sure if you still have the mobile site. I didn’t have a smartphome when this post originally came out and forgot about it. I have been using my galaxy nexus to view this site but I just get the regular site and have to zoom in and out. Don’t mind too much but if the mobile site is still there is love to be able to access it. Maybe have a link to the mobile site for people that do not get redirected.

25 E. McGhee December 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

Is there still a mobile site? My Droid Bionic goes right to the desktop site. Is there a specific link to the mobile version I can type in manually?

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