Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Make Your Blogger Blog Mobile Friendly

Twice this week (here and here) I've shared information about developing mobile applications to make your course content more accessible. But before you go and build an app for your course, you might want to just take the step of making your blog mobile friendly. If you're using Blogger to host your course blog, this can easily be done in Blogger in Draft.

Blogger in Draft is the version of Blogger in which Google releases new features before making them default services. When you sign into Blogger dashboard, at the bottom of the page below the list of blogs you're a member of, you will see a list of additional tools and resources. In that list is Blogger in Draft. (You can also just use the url draft.blogger.com)When you use Blogger in Draft for the first time you will be greeted with a pop-up window asking if you want to use mobile templates. Turn on mobile templates and your blog will automatically be optimized for mobile viewing (this doesn't affect the way your blog looks on computer). The alternate way to activate mobile templates is to sign into your Blogger in Draft dashboard, choose "settings" for your blog, then choose "email & mobile," then activate mobile templates.