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Title: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Kindred on April 20, 2015, 06:38:08 AM
Hello all.

Over the last few weeks a big "buzz" has been spreading in SMF's forum and throughout the internet about a new "mobility-friendliness" check that Google has put in place. Based on the preliminary reports that Google has sent to some webmasters, many SMF forum owners were notified that their site is not "mobile-friendly".

Google has specified April 21, 2015 as the date (http://blog.seoprofiler.com/2015/03/official-information-googles-mobile-algorithm/) when a new search algorithm will be put in place, although, as usual, the specific details regarding the algorithm have not been distributed.

Although we do not necessarily agree with this new policy, we recognize our users' desire and need to be "compliant", so we have worked out something which may help. While, Curve2 (the new default theme for the upcoming SMF 2.1) is already responsive and, as such, is "mobile-friendly", for SMF 2.0 that was not the case. The default theme for 2.0.x (Curve) is already four years old and, as such, it is not responsive, and would take a great deal of effort to make it into something fully responsive (and, in the process, would likely break many mods.)

So, in order to tackle this problem in the most efficient manner, giving admins the ability to meet some of Google's requirement while maintaining a compatibility with legacy templates and mods, we have released a MODification package (http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=4040) which will bring some "responsiveness" to Curve. This will allow your 2.0.x forum not only to be accepted by Google's "friendliness test", but also to have a better display in mobile devices. This mod can be applied, as with any other mod, through the Package Manager in your forum's Admin section.

However, if you plan on using this, you should be aware of some potential issues and limitations:


For these reasons, the changes performed in this mod will NOT be merged in the official 2.0.x series releases, but will be released, and supported, as an official mod.

Please use the mod's support topic (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=535718.0) if you have any questions regarding the mod or any issues installing or using the mod.

The SMF Team
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: JBlaze on April 20, 2015, 07:12:47 AM
Looks good. Keep up the good work!

Although we don't necessarily agree with this new policy

For as long as Google remains the #1 search engine, it would be beneficial to everyone to adhere to their policies. Agree or not, it would do nothing but hurt a website to not be in compliance.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Antes on April 20, 2015, 07:15:21 AM
Looks good. Keep up the good work!

Although we don't necessarily agree with this new policy

For as long as Google remains the #1 search engine, it would be beneficial to everyone to adhere to their policies. Agree or not, it would do nothing but hurt a website to not be in compliance.

Funny part in that, if you add meta tag & make sure width is not overflowing it accepts the site as "mobile friendly" :) I rather like to use "W3C mobileOK Checker"
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: JBlaze on April 20, 2015, 07:20:07 AM
Personally, I feel that any website that will be used by a good number of people should be mobile friendly. With the number of folks who do their browsing on the go, whether using phones or tablets, it would be silly not to be.

I find it frustrating when a site is not optimized for mobile usage, especially since I do most of my browsing on an iPhone 5s rather than my PC.

The web is constantly evolving, and I understand it's a lot of work to keep up with it all, but optimizing websites for mobile usage should be on the top of the priority list.

Disclaimer: This isn't a swipe at anyone, just my personal opinion
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: jaideejung007 on April 20, 2015, 07:40:20 AM
Waiting for SMF 2.1 finally released.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Kindred on April 20, 2015, 08:13:52 AM
Jaideejung007,

Almost completely irrelevant to this discussion.

zilladotexe,

See, the thing is - like anything else that is viewed, this is often a matter of perception. Something which I consider "mobile friendly" (in that it displays acceptably on a mobile device like my phone) might be very different from what you consider "mobile optimized" -- and both of those are likely to be different from what Google has decided to try and force to be a "standard" (and I say force, because they are attempting to force people, under pain of rank penalty, to do what THEY consider appropriate, rather than going through channels to make it an ACTUAL standard)
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: BryanD on April 20, 2015, 08:27:22 AM
Waiting for SMF 2.1 finally released.

yeh so are many people ...
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: movierchives on April 20, 2015, 09:03:48 AM
Tried "responsive_curve_draft-1"

Quote
Not mobile-friendly

˟Content wider than screen
˟Links too close together

And yes using default curve
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Antes on April 20, 2015, 09:04:53 AM
Tried "responsive_curve_draft-1"

Quote
Not mobile-friendly

˟Content wider than screen
˟Links too close together

And yes using default curve

Please post here (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=535718.0) with link to your site.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Looking on April 20, 2015, 09:13:03 AM
Anything helps but I think the bigger problem will be all the Mods people use especially things like Ad management which add to the bloat. It is also a daunting task, I've spent some months getting most of our sites to be responsive and we're still not there yet!
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: movierchives on April 20, 2015, 09:14:45 AM
Anything helps but I think the bigger problem will be all the Mods people use especially things like Ad management which add to the bloat. It is also a daunting task, I've spent some months getting most of our sites to be responsive and we're still not there yet!

According to Google it doesn't even work here!

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.simplemachines.org%2Fcommunity
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Antes on April 20, 2015, 09:20:40 AM
Anything helps but I think the bigger problem will be all the Mods people use especially things like Ad management which add to the bloat. It is also a daunting task, I've spent some months getting most of our sites to be responsive and we're still not there yet!

That's actually not our side, mod authors should also update their packs with changes to fit it. But you can fix the issues related ad mods with adding "max-width: 100%". I still need some free time to look at most used mods and try some tricks on them.

Anything helps but I think the bigger problem will be all the Mods people use especially things like Ad management which add to the bloat. It is also a daunting task, I've spent some months getting most of our sites to be responsive and we're still not there yet!

According to Google it doesn't even work here!

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.simplemachines.org%2Fcommunity

Lets give some time to site team :)
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: movierchives on April 20, 2015, 09:33:30 AM
Agreed I'm just surprised a fix was released that doesn't even work here
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: margarett on April 20, 2015, 09:40:53 AM
Agreed I'm just surprised a fix was released that doesn't even work here
It's not guaranteed that this mod will be installed here. It's not, at the moment

Only admins that have the desire to be compliant with Google's "warnings" AND whose current themes/mods will not be negatively affected by this should install it.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: oneberto on April 20, 2015, 09:46:02 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Kindred on April 20, 2015, 09:50:39 AM
It is not installed here...    which would be why that link "doesn't work"


Also - if you READ the original post, as Antes has already pointed out - Like with any mod - questions, concerns and issues belong in the SUPPORT TOPIC for that mod...  most especially not in this announcement thread
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: movierchives on April 20, 2015, 10:30:32 AM
Also - if you READ the original post, as Antes has already pointed out - Like with any mod - questions, concerns and issues belong in the SUPPORT TOPIC for that mod...  most especially not in this announcement thread

I know, I just follow what you said

kindred edit - quote fail
Basically, the thread that Antes linked you to was posted an hour before you posted...

Please try to search - or at least read the announcements before making critical statetemnts
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Kindred on April 20, 2015, 10:44:06 AM
which did not say "post your comments to the announcement thread".  I said READ the announcement thread... which, very clearly then instructs you
Please use the mod's support topic (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=535718.0) if you have any questions regarding the mod or any issues installing or using the mod.

So. If you have issues. Please post to the mod support thread, as linked in the original post and/or as linked from the mod download page.

(side note, however, installing on a CLEAN forum with no mods DOES result in a "success" from Google's algorithm.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: movierchives on April 20, 2015, 10:48:24 AM
I got told I was wrong to post there because of this existing thread, I give up
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: ARG01 on April 20, 2015, 11:16:30 AM
I got told I was wrong to post there because of this existing thread, I give up

Don't give up., Just follow directions.


Please post here (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=535718.0) with link to your site.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Spiral Joe on April 20, 2015, 07:26:31 PM
Just in time for 420 day.

"Hey, hey, hey, smoke pan everyday!"

I wanna move to Colorado.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Night09 on April 22, 2015, 08:15:56 AM
Im not sure now if this thread is the correct place to post but its relevant to the changes made by google. Below is a copy of the email sent to me from an amazon account regarding the changes and provides some usefull links to help you sort your site out. Ive posted it only so those who dont use amazon can see how they have decided to tell affiliates how to handle it.




We would like to make you aware that there has been a Google Mobile algorithm change, which took place on Tuesday, 21st April 2015.

Check out our article on Integrating Amazon Mobile Ad Units in Popular Blogging Platforms and click here to learn more about our Responsive Widgets and our Mobile Optimised Banners.

Here are our top tips & tools for mobile optimisation:

Viewport: Configure the correct viewport & don't forget to edit your content's viewport

Touch Elements: Make sure the touch elements are not too close to avoid users mis-clicking

Font Size: Make sure your font size is not too small, we recommend to use a base font size of 16 CSS pixels.

Google Webmaster Tool*: This is a free tool offered by Google that helps you monitor and maintain your site's presence in Google Search result. Click here (https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/) for Google Webmaster Tool.

Google PageSpeed Insights*: This free tool offered by Google will analyse the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster. Click here for PageSpeed (https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/) Insights.



Hope this is of help to anyone unsure.  :) If its on the wrong thread please can it be moved to the relevant one.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Kindred on April 22, 2015, 08:46:44 AM
well, it's tangentially relevant... but only because this is what we already stated that we addressed (as much as was possible within the strictures of the existing Curve theme) in the initial announcement...
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: JBlaze on April 22, 2015, 08:54:34 AM
well, it's tangentially relevant... but only because this is what we already stated that we addressed (as much as was possible within the strictures of the existing Curve theme) in the initial announcement...

I think he was posting it more for users who may be unaware of what the new policy states, not for *this* site...
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Night09 on April 22, 2015, 09:00:36 AM
well, it's tangentially relevant... but only because this is what we already stated that we addressed (as much as was possible within the strictures of the existing Curve theme) in the initial announcement...

I think he was posting it more for users who may be unaware of what the new policy states, not for *this* site...

It is for those who didnt know about the changes or unsure what to do themselves but not specific to here its just in general.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: stmaxx on April 22, 2015, 09:19:55 AM
Yes I just Checked Check my 2.1 test site and all is good with Google mobile.

Thanks good news
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Antes on April 22, 2015, 11:02:14 AM
This topic is NOT about SMF 2.1 and/or Curve2.

Please stay on topic.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: TomW on April 22, 2015, 07:03:29 PM
Why not focus on releasing 2.1 since it is responsive ?
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Kindred on April 22, 2015, 07:06:15 PM
Why not do both? Which is what we are doing
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: margarett on April 22, 2015, 07:45:04 PM
And because 2.0.x will be officially supported for years to come ;)
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Night09 on April 22, 2015, 08:53:50 PM
If only 2.1 was responsive and 2.0.9 was left as it was you would have no choice but to upgrade to the 2.1 beta line or wait it out for the final release at the cost of site penalization.

If both are done as stated then you will have time to wait and choose the right time to upgrade. Thousands of SMF sites would be effected not just your own. You should think of the big picture before coming to conclusions of how it should be done. ;)
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: live627 on April 23, 2015, 03:53:46 AM
Some don't have that choice.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Night09 on April 23, 2015, 04:14:31 AM
Some don't have that choice.

No one is forced to upgrade to 2.1..
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: roshaoar on April 23, 2015, 07:52:37 AM
I get "Not Mobile Friendly" when I put my SMF through Google's Mobile friendly test page with this responsive curve package. Content wider than screen & too many links...  :(
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: margarett on April 23, 2015, 08:43:40 AM
Maybe Google changed the page scan algorithm? Don't know, we need to investigate...
Meanwhile, please use the MOD support topic for this kind of issue ;)
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: roshaoar on April 23, 2015, 08:56:50 AM
Sorry, my bad - feel free to delete. Hadn't read the whole thing and see the support link.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: live627 on April 23, 2015, 08:12:37 PM
Some don't have that choice.

No one is forced to upgrade to 2.1..

Sorry, wasn't clear there...

Some feel that they are locked into 2.0 for various reasons, such as lots of custom code that they paid someone to write.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: xeon365 on April 28, 2015, 12:44:08 AM
is there not just a new standalone theme? one that doesn't need to edit existing files as installing this has a whole bunch of Test failed
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Kindred on April 28, 2015, 12:47:48 AM
No. The modifications to the curve theme as with this mod is the only option.

If you are getting a whole bunch of failures, then either a) you are not installing this on curve or b) you have some really significant modifications to the curve theme...

This mod is only designed to make the curve theme somewhat responsive any other theme will need tweaks,
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Night09 on April 28, 2015, 05:19:22 AM
Anyone who modifies the curve theme should be making a copy of it in theme manager and not editing the original theme. Then if all has not gone well then the original theme is intact and the modded copy will not stop your forum working which you can revert back to.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Kindred on April 28, 2015, 06:37:00 AM
Night - that might apply if someone has made individual modifications - that does not apply to admins who have just applied mod packages.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Portugal on April 28, 2015, 07:14:12 AM
Maybe you are using some mod...like an portal (simpleportal), if you are using this, you need to go to your: themes/default/css/portal.css and find
body
{
   min-width: 750px;
}

Change to:

body
{
   min-width: device-width;
}

I get "Not Mobile Friendly" when I put my SMF through Google's Mobile friendly test page with this responsive curve package. Content wider than screen & too many links...  :(
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Kindred on April 28, 2015, 07:56:29 AM
once again, folks.... this thread is **NOT** for support.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Portugal on April 28, 2015, 07:47:24 PM
Sorry just want to help...Delete my mesage its easy.



once again, folks.... this thread is **NOT** for support.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: a10 on April 29, 2015, 09:48:23 AM
Thanks, good mod. Working fine & recommending it, as who wants to risk loosing goodwill in google results. & members on my forum immediately found it very useful.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Antes on April 29, 2015, 01:50:56 PM
Glad to hear a10 :)
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Joomlamz on May 03, 2015, 03:18:17 AM
thank you
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Marple on May 03, 2015, 01:08:29 PM
Thank you - This has worked well for me, I had to mod my banners in Ad Manager so that they resize but apart from that it seems to work well.

My site is now passing the Google Mobile-Friendly Test.

The only feedback I would give at present is that the icons that replace the menu items when the width is reduced are too small and too close together to click easily on a phone screen. Also, it's not easy to figure out what each one is for.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Antes on May 03, 2015, 01:55:10 PM
Thank you - This has worked well for me, I had to mod my banners in Ad Manager so that they resize but apart from that it seems to work well.

My site is now passing the Google Mobile-Friendly Test.

The only feedback I would give at present is that the icons that replace the menu items when the width is reduced are too small and too close together to click easily on a phone screen. Also, it's not easy to figure out what each one is for.

Thanks for your feedback, that's something on my list but we need to find proper icons with proper size, I'm open for suggestions let me know :)

About Adsense, you need to use flexible (responsive) ads they fit into the view. Do not resize Adsense ads with CSS or any other method that may lead to warning from Google.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Marple on May 04, 2015, 04:06:44 AM
One additional issue I've found is that in the "Show unread posts view" the column is being squeezed right across to the left. Easier to explain with a screenshot:

(https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.marple-uk.com%2Fpics%2Fmobilescreenshot.jpg&hash=6be6261386cd440e99713c97651b9d36)
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Antes on May 04, 2015, 05:14:16 AM
We'll address those issues in next version of the mod.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: bjornforum on May 21, 2015, 09:31:45 AM
On my forums I also have the problem that @Marple describes above in the 'related topics mod'.

(https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi57.tinypic.com%2Fxaq6x5.png&hash=4885cfde7206bd9971a04769eb460e48)

BETA4 is not working properly for me by the way. It doesn't size down enough on my iPhone 6 plus.

(https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi61.tinypic.com%2F14b8dxl.jpg&hash=9b6c83e21a674822d627ffb5397350da)
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: roshaoar on May 21, 2015, 10:23:34 AM
I think it's probably the related topics mod itself that needs to a change rather than this one. The main change I made to make it work (http://extreme-macro.co.uk/forumstest/index.php) was replace the TH across the top with a div. Beyond that there's a bit of class renaming and changing.
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: sc4t on May 22, 2015, 10:45:50 AM
Cool..
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: Night09 on May 22, 2015, 11:34:08 AM
This thread is an announcement thread not support.

If you are having problems open a support thread in the relevant support section. ;)
Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: iaccountant on May 28, 2015, 09:26:14 AM
Should have replied to this sooner...

Someone said Google is forcing a standard and I agree.

I run sites in 1.x and 2.x and both render to scale in my mobile browsers...both on the last iPhone I used and my current Galaxy phone and tablet.

Now I know limited testing is not creating a "universal experience", but I have asked various people to look at my sites, and even static web pages created in, of all things, MS Front Page (which I still use for small sites) render to scale...meaning the page fits into the browser and you can then expand certain parts of it.

Having said that, yes, it makes sense to adhere to standards if it means your page is ranked higher. But to that all I can say is that the narrower the focus of your site, the higher you rank and no amount of playing around will make much of a difference....and the broader your scope, the more you need some kind of edge using SEO & stuff.

Title: Re: "Responsive Curve" mod package released
Post by: john236 on June 02, 2015, 08:14:25 AM
hey man, first of all thx to all, this solution is very helpful for me....  :D