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Hey Everyone!  I need some help with Witty.

More than two thirds of the people who visit Witty are now using a phone or other small mobile device.  If Witty is to prosper again, it needs to look great on mobile.

The question I have is: How do I deal with "fancy" formats on mobile?  Most of the current formats are too wide to fit on mobile and become unreadable.  Should only the desktop version of the site have the fancy formats and the mobile site just be plain text?  Should I convert fancy formats to images that get shrunken to display on the mobile site?  Maybe you have a better idea.  Comment please!

Steve
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Hey Everyone! I need some help with Witty. More than two thirds

23 faves · 18 comments · Apr 15, 2015 12:42am

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peaceinpieces · 4 years ago
Images would actually be pretty cool -- if quotes were turned into images they would be really conducive to sharing on Tumblr, Pinterest, etc, and really easy to export, save, and reuse in different places. A tiny, clean 'wittyprofiles' watermark would be great for bringing people to the site, too.
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Steve · 4 years ago
Are you spying on me while I work because that's exactly what I'm working on right now?
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peaceinpieces · 4 years ago
Not spying, though I was stalking you on the internet for a bit.

(I'm curious what Witty's built in (languages, frameworks), and also a bit curious where your livelihood comes from. (Not Witty, I assume.))

Exciting that you're working on it!
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Steve · 4 years ago
Witty is built on the old LAMP stack: Linux (Centos to be specific), Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Most everything has been built from scratch with the exception of the wysiwyg editor and the bootstrap framework (which I'd love to rip out because it's bloated and Witty doesn't use enough of it to make it worth it). I also use Amazon Web Services for the database and some image hosting.

Witty has always just been one of my side projects -- a hobby really. I contract for a boring company building and maintaining their internal sales web apps. Back in 2011 Witty grew pretty big and I made a few bucks from the advertising, but the hosting costs also grew at the same time. Some months, Witty's total hosting bill was more than $2000. Traffic has waned since then and the bills are much lower now. I haven't checked in a few months, but I'm not sure the advertising income even covers hosting costs anymore.
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peaceinpieces · 4 years ago
Hm. I should learn PHP. And interesting, I've only ever seen CentOS used once, on a machine in a college lab.

What exactly does Witty use bootstrap for? Buttons, form fields, page layout perhaps? Maybe I'll take a crack at reimplementing some of bootstrap's things for fun. I'm kind of tired of the way bootstrap looks, too...

Thank you for sating my curiosity. Witty is an impressive side project.
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Steve · 4 years ago
PHP is widely used, but despised by a lot of programmers. It has its faults, but it's good if you want to cobble something together quickly. Don't let me deter you from checking it out. I write PHP code every day. If you want to learn how to program, the best bet is to tinker around with a lot of languages so you can see the similarities and differences. It also helps you recognize the best tool for the job in the working world. Python can be a fun place to start because of the huge number of packages available (https://pypi.python.org/pypi). It's kind of like how Perl was back in the day (and some believe still is).
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Paula_P* · 4 years ago
i think an app for witty would be good,,but this is my oppinion ,you can do whatever you want :)
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basketball4everr · 4 years ago
anything you can do. an app for witty would be much appreciated. and much used. i have been waiting for this day to happen. but seriously, either option is fine, whatever you can do steve is perfect!
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*brianna* · 4 years ago
I feel that mobile users should be able to use the fancy texts too, some may not have access to a computer.
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Steve · 4 years ago
I will work this week on doing mobile format stuff.
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I was unable to see the video you posted in the comments--I will try again later--but I really like the idea of converting quotes to images on mobile or something to that effect.
I don't access Witty on mobile, but it seems like it would result in the kind of thing that I can see my friends showing me.
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opalescent* · 4 years ago
I personally prefer the second idea -- converting the formats to more visible versions on the mobile site. I dislike plainness because it doesn't show how much effort people really put into their quotes and profiles.
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Dudu* · 4 years ago
I agree
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Christina* · 4 years ago
I have an Android, I don't seem to have problems with the formats. Though, I typically use my computer. The chat process is a bit difficult with my phone, I can't have Witty open and chat at the same time.
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Delicate* · 4 years ago
Did you try requesting the desktop version in your settings? Because you have a larger screen size you might be able to use the desktop version of the website to chat without problems.
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Delicate* · 4 years ago
Hey Steve! I primarily use Witty on my iPhone, and for me a /huge/ part of the problem is the padding. I prefer using my phone upright and there's such a large margin that the quotes get lost to the side. I think maybe if the quotes could be shifted to the left slightly or scaled down a bit it would make it easier to see.
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Skimrande · 4 years ago
I agree
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Steve · 4 years ago
Here's a user test I ran that shows the trouble with the mobile version of Witty:
http://youtu.be/9tse1XiSvyE
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