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The mobile version of MIR: Comments now work!

I’ve been toiling all night.

The fact that Disqus has not worked properly on mobile, ever since we changed over to it, has really been annoying me.

The swap to Disqus has, otherwise, been a great success — in the past couple of months we’ve had over 4,000 comments contributed. I really like the flexibility of being able to reply online or via email. I think I do most of my replying to comments by email. It’s very, very smart. BUT the lack of mobile compatibility has really irked me.

So I fixed it.

I simply took a look at the code that the Disqus servers wanted to receive and doubled back from there. My keyboard was steaming from the PHP and MySQL ‘skillz’ I deployed. It was a total arse to test. I had one hand on the keyboard, the other on my N95, refreshing constantly. And whilst I was doing that, I was cursing the person who designed the Nokia browser menu structure. RELOAD or REFRESH is a key, KEY function of every web browser on the desktop. It’s burried two menus down on the N95.

The hacked version of Disqus doesn’t work with logins. That is a step too far at the moment. But you *can* comment when you’re out and about.

I refreshed the look. You can also get the links to view the 3GP video feed of the Mobile Industry Review show from there. And I added a frontpage lead story picture. I figured that if you’re accessing our mobile version, you’ve probably got a data plan sorted. 😉

All this, thanks to Andy Moore and his WordPress Mobile script. Kudos Andy. I paid the £25 to upgrade and did some hacking of his stuff to make the Disqus stuff work.

Here’s what it looks like on the N95:

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By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

18 replies on “The mobile version of MIR: Comments now work!”

Ewan — just tried it on my N95.. two things:
1) the rendering is bad, which isn't a big deal since you hacked it together in one night, just maybe something to file away for the future. It renders the email address box off the screen to the right, so you have to scroll to get to it. Again, no biggie.

2) It didn't work — when I entered in the info, and my comment, then hit go, it kicked me to a Disqus page, saying “Disqus page doesn't exist”.

Thanks,

-olly

Ewan, I don't know if this was intentional or something; but before where it said comments on the front page, it would show how many comments there are… Now those numbers have disappeared.

Ahh well done on the “skillz”, very nice indeed!
Plus, you're getting good at this “ghetto” language thing now. Brap!

Samantha!

Ewan, I don't know if this was intentional or something; but before where it said comments on the front page, it would show how many comments there are… Now those numbers have disappeared.

Ahh well done on the “skillz”, very nice indeed!
Plus, you're getting good at this “ghetto” language thing now. Brap!

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