Design theme MobileApril 14, 2015
We have released new design theme Mobile, specially created for modern iOS and Android-powered smartphones.
View the new design theme in Webasyst Store: http://www.webasyst.com/store/theme/mobile/
Mobile theme is free and supports most of currently available Webasyst apps: Site, Shop-Script 6, Blog, Photos, Hub, Helpdesk, and Mailer.
Design theme Mobile will be a great supplement to your website's main theme. Enable it for mobile devices in site settings to immediately make your website more convenient for smartphone users!
How to try
Open this URL in your smartphone: https://demo.webasyst.com to see how it looks.
If you have an iOS or Android-based device, Webasyst will automatically switch to the new Mobile design theme. If you use a tablet, a laptop, or a desktop PC, standard design theme Default 2.0 will be displayed.
Who should use it?
We recommend Mobile theme to all users whose websites are not yet optimized for mobile devices.
At least this will make your website more user-friendly to smartphone owners whose portion among active website visitors has been growing at an enormous rate in the past years.
And, more important, Google recently announced that effective April 21, 2015, availability of a special website version optimized for mobile devices will be taken into account as an important ranking parameter in search results.
If your current design theme already supports mobile devices, then there is no need to switch to Mobile theme right away, you may continue using your own theme. Should you be not quite satisfied with your current theme's mobile version, the new Mobile theme would be a great solution for you.
If your Webasyst-based website is not yet optimized for mobile devices, we suggest that you start using it immediately to increase the website's overall efficiency.
How to start using the new theme
It is very ease to begin using design theme Mobile. Log into your Webasyst backend and select the app for which you want to enable the new theme. Navigate to screen Design (Storefront) → Themes, find the Mobile theme in the list and click its name. The theme will be installed automatically. Upon installation, click on Start using Mobile theme and ensure that option Apply this theme for mobile devices only is enabled when you do so. Done!
If you cannot see the "Apply this theme for mobile devices only" option, first update Webasyst framework to the latest version available in the Installer.
Should you skip the theme connection dialog shown above for any reason, you can still select the new theme in your website's settlement settings, in section Site → Structure or on individual apps' Design (Storefront) → Settings screens.
After this change, the new design theme will be applied when someone opens your website on a smartphone.
Use of the Mobile theme complies with all recommendations by Google for websites displaying device dependent content, it was developed in accordance with Schema.org markup guidelines, like all other basic Webasyst themes.
Extra bonus: Simplified design theme update routine
We have one more excellent news for you today! We have added the option of simplified design themes updates to Webasyst framework.
If you have not modified any template file in your design theme and have changed your website appearance only via the Settings screen (such changes are stored in manifest file theme.xml), then your theme is automatically updated to the most recent version once you install an update via Installer!
Should you have modified at least one design template file, then automatic update is not applied, and Webasyst will offer you to quickly replace all non-modified files, will automatically add all new files available in the newer version, and will also offer you to update modified files of your choice.
If you have a very customized design theme and do not want your changes to be lost because of an update, do not worry! You are in complete control of the update process; nothing important will be overwritten or lost without your input.
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As always, we are looking forward to your comments and suggestions!
If you have noticed that something does not work properly on your mobile device, please tell us in the comments below or post a bug report in the "Help" section. Note that the new design theme was developed for iOS and Android-powered smartphones and is not recommended for use on desktop computers. The theme also lacks special optimization for Windows Phone, we shall add it in one of the next releases.