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‘First Arkansas News’ goes mobile

By: 17 December 2010 3 Comments

That’s right — First Arkansas News is now all high-tech and fancy-shmancy.

Well, we’re all high-tech and etc. if you’re judging by 2009 standards, at least.

What’s happening? We’ve gone mobile. While we do like the way the site looks on computer monitors, it’s more than a bit cluttered on mobile devices. Since all the kids are just wild about their iPhones, Android powered devices, the Blackberry Torch and all that, First Arkansas News is now mobile-friendly.

It’s the same First Arkansas News you’ve all grown to love. You get the same great content, the same Google ads that no one bothers to click — everything. We’re just serving up all that newsy goodness in a mobile format that’s easy to read.

Just point your mobile browser over this way and you’ll automatically be greeted with a lightweight, easy-to-read version of First Arkansas News. For you folks visiting this site on your laptops and desktops, nothing will change a bit. Mobile users wanting to stick with the standard site need not worry — just scroll to the bottom of the page and turn off the “mobile theme.”

While the mobile version of First Arkansas News has been tested on an iPhone (and it looks great), please leave a comment if you’ve got another device and the mobile theme isn’t working for you. If there’s a problem, we’d like to know about it and fix it as soon as possible.

For those webmasters using the fantastic WordPress platform, converting your site into a mobile friendly one is easy — just find the right plugin. About five of them were tested, but the one that did the trick is WPtouch.

Yes, this site is built on WordPress and there’s a reason for that — if there’s something you want to do, you can usually find a free plugin that will help. Making this site mobile involved simply testing a bunch of WordPress plugins, selecting the one that best suited our purposes, activating it and letting it go to work.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

3 Comments »

  • Frances Brown said:

    Congratulations on a job well done! Working perfectly from my phone -who would have thought a local online Arkansas news outlet would be so close to the cutting edge and even be available on iTunes?
    Thanks for making it even easier to keep up with what is going on in the Natural state!

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