What happens when people using mobile devices can't navigate your forums?
What happens when people trying to attach files couldn't find the upload button?
Answer: They won't like it and will probably leave.
In the next version, along with ~30 improvements and fixes (many are UI improvements to make the software easier to use), I'm gonna address these issues so that the users won't stop participating because of these problems.
Mobile Compatibility Upgrade - supporting wider range of devices jQuery Mobile just released version 1.3.1
and your members will start using this improved version in the next forum update!
While most people using mobile devices have no problems with our current Mobile App, a couple old phones don't work as well (display issues).
Since our mobile app is developed on top of the jQuery Mobile framework, I make it a top priority to update our app whenever jQuery Mobile releases a new and stable version.
The new 1.3.1 jQM framework fixes a lot of bugs and improved compatibilities with phones (the framework is now tested on 70+ real devices, not simulators) so I think with the update, we can provide even better access for a wider range of phones.
Posting and Uploading Improvements - feature no longer hidden
Drag and Drop style uploading is the new norm for sending files on a web app.
While we already support this feature, it still feels "hidden" because you need to hit the attachment button on the editor to see the upload window.
By the time you see the upload window you probably aren't gonna drag and drop files, which defeats the purpose of having drag and drop interaction on the UI.
In the next version (you can see on this support forum now), you will find the upload box immediately available below the editor. This makes uploading much smoother, allowing you to drag and drop files directly into it, without a mouse click:
Note: The current implementation takes as many as 4 mouse clicks to upload a file (not including finding your files through the small window), the next version takes zero.
And no one has to look for the upload button any more.
..... plus, the Text box focus effect
If you go to the registration page now
, you will see a nice CSS3 effect that highlights the first text box (username). This small touch helps direct your user's attention to the exact place we want him to focus right away:
And this effect shows up for any text box that is focused (either auto or mouse clicking).
Making the software easier to use (even just a little bit) pays off in the long run. And I'll continue refining the UI to improve User Experience.
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