Testing the site on a mobile phone

I think I’m the last person in the District of Columbia to have a cell phone, and so I certainly don’t use a web-enabled phone to read Web sites. But many people — even outside D.C. — do, and I figured I might as well see how this blog (and other sites I work on) look.

Today, I got directions from Help for Linux about how to install an emulated version of the seen-on-mobile-gear Opera Mini browser on my desktop. Then I started looking at sites, and I’m glad to say this blog came out pretty well, both in the default and mobile formats.

But I think I may use the full-sized Opera browser, which allows (patient) end-users to take a lot of control over the sites they use and so test out some new formats. (That is, before seeing what Internet Explorer does to it.)

Here are the screenshots of the blog; the first two are in the standard mode; the third in mobile mode.

BitB in Opera Mini

BitB in Opera Mini

BitB in Opera Mini mobile mode

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. I am posting this from my mobile phone. Your site doesn’t look like any of the screen shots on the G1. Apparently the G1 and iPhone decided to ignore the handheld versions of CSS. If you want to change the format for these devices you need to use another method.

    The site still looks pretty good. The right column is just a tad squished.

  2. This is just how Opera interprets it, which for the time being will be of more use in Europe. But it’s also the only mobile emulator I have at the moment. But I appreciate you giving it a look-see.

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