have updates from main site flow directly to mobile site

by Jarrod
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What are some ways to create a mobile website such that when the client updates their main site (changes content, adds photo, etc.) it will automatically flow through and update their mobile site as well?

I've had several clients (one I just got off the phone with) ask about that and the methods I have used thus far do not work that way.

What are some options?
#directly #flow #main #mobile #site #updates
  • Profile picture of the author Jarrod
    Also, for anyone that uses a method where it does not do this, have you had clients ask about this option, and if so how do you respond?
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    • Profile picture of the author cnckevin
      Dudamobile will do this
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      • Profile picture of the author Jarrod
        Originally Posted by cnckevin View Post

        Dudamobile will do this
        Thanks. Not a fan of duda mobile for a few reasons, but good to know it will do this.

        Any others anyone knows of?
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Solem
    What methods have you used so far, and what is the main website, Wordpress, html or something else?

    I haven't done this myself with a mobile site, but with regular website used to use includes (server side or php) or now iframes I suppose, although that might be tricky if you just want certain content from a page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jarrod
    Good question Steve. TBH, not sure what this particular site is. Definitely not wordpress. I know hosting is with godaddy, but not sure what platform they used to build the site. Is there an easy way to tell?
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  • Profile picture of the author cjseven
    Checkout this codecanyon user scripts:

    WiseLoop | CodeCanyon

    I bought the WP Grab plugin several months ago as a solution to grab content from several sources and display in one website.

    I'm 99% sure that could be used to grab content from client pages and display in mobile site.

    Some limitations could be a delay between sites updates and some content could not be grabbed such as javascript. To handle text and images should work great.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Solem
      Originally Posted by Jedi Jarrod View Post

      Good question Steve. TBH, not sure what this particular site is. Definitely not wordpress. I know hosting is with godaddy, but not sure what platform they used to build the site. Is there an easy way to tell?
      I would hope you could ask and he'd know what he's using, but usually you can look at the source code and see if its wordpress or another cms if any.

      Originally Posted by cjseven View Post

      Checkout this codecanyon user scripts:

      WiseLoop | CodeCanyon

      I bought the WP Grab plugin several months ago as a solution to grab content from several sources and display in one website.

      I'm 99% sure that could be used to grab content from client pages and display in mobile site.

      Some limitations could be a delay between sites updates and some content could not be grabbed such as javascript. To handle text and images should work great.
      That looks real nice, and according to the description seems like it may do what you're looking for Jarrod.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnE
      A way to create dynamic mobile sites is via the use of PHP scripting. The code contained in the mobile site can be made to extract current content directly from the standard site.

      This can work swimmingly. Because the code in the mobile site makes an HTTP call to the standard site's URL before loading any page, all content extracted, parsed and shown to the viewer is up to date.

      The only downside to this is that apart from grabbing the entire page (in the standard site) to display as is on the mobile site, which would defeat the purpose of having a mobile site altogether, the code works when only content (on the standard site) is modified, not the code structure.

      This is due to the fact that in order to grab bits and pieces of content (those deemed necessary to appear on the mobile site) within a page on the standard site, the PHP code needs to look for pre-selected HTML tags from which to pull content. If the HTML tags are changed in any form, the code won't work and the mobile site will show errors on some or all its pages. The mobile site will need to be re-coded to work in conjunction with the new code structure.

      Hope this helps.
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      • A responsive theme might be the way to go. Has it's pros and cons however.
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        • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
          WillR seldom blows his own trumpet, but this feature is built in to his very popular WSO: http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ml#post3911233
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          • Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

            WillR seldom blows his own trumpet, but his feature is built in to his very popular WSO: http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ml#post3911233
            Nice one Annie,

            That's great support for someone who helps a lot of Warriors for free. Good job.
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          • Profile picture of the author DJL
            I own My Mobile Business from WillR.
            Perhaps I missed it somehow, but I do not recall seeing any facility that would automatically update the content of the mobile site after it is deployed.
            Please give reference to where this feature may be described.
            Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

            WillR seldom blows his own trumpet, but his feature is built in to his very popular WSO: http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ml#post3911233
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            • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
              Originally Posted by DJL View Post

              I own My Mobile Business from WillR.
              Perhaps I missed it somehow, but I do not recall seeing any facility that would automatically update the content of the mobile site after it is deployed.
              Please give reference to where this feature may be described.
              It's built into the pre-formatted "News" page. It's described in Video #16 in the training videos included with the WSO.
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              • Profile picture of the author DJL
                Thanks, AnniePot, I do recall that now.
                The "News" page can be set up to be updated automatically with new posts; however, other changes on the main site (AFAIK) would not be reflected in the mobile site.
                For most users, the News facility would probably handle 90% of their needs.
                My Mobile Business, like all of WillR's product, is a gem!
                Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

                It's built into the pre-formatted "News" page. It's described in Video #16 in the training videos included with the WSO.
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                • Profile picture of the author JacobS
                  You can pull content from a specific Wordpress page using the code found here:

                  http://www.thewordpressblog.com/phph...specific-page/

                  At the beginning of the file you will need to use your sites version of:
                  require('home/blah/public_html/wp-load.php');

                  This particular code snippet will pull all of the content, though. Images, videos, everything. That may or may not be what you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    The feature in my template is only for news type pages, it doesn't do it for any page which is what I believe the OP is referring to here.

    That's why you will need some type of php solution such as the one the person above me has posted to pull that content and display it elsewhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jarrod
    Right Will, that is what I was referring to.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Got a couple things to try out. For this particular client, they need to have the project done real quick like so ended up going with duda mobile, but good to have other options here to test out.
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