All of the EERE Web sites in our OpenText content management system (CMS) now have a mobile version, and each mobile version will continue to be updated, alongside the standard version, every time you make edits to a page. But what if the mobile version of a particular page needs to have different content than the standard version? Maybe a large photo downsized, or a Flash element removed? Perhaps you want to break a large, text-heavy page down into smaller multiple pages? The steps for accessing the mobile version of a page in the CMS are easy:
1. Go to the standard version of the page you want to edit and click on the "open page" red dot.
2. At the bottom of the page, click on [View Mobile Variant].
3. On the mobile version page, click on [Edit Page Content].
4a. If this is the first time you're editing the mobile version (and thereby establishing the alternate mobile page):
First, copy the content or HTML code from the standard page. Then click on [Page has alternate mobile version? (This page only)? Yes/No]. Choose Yes. This will switch the content to an empty mobile version. Then choose [Edit Mobile Content]. You can now paste the text or code from the standard page into the text editor window and begin editing from there, or you can start entering fresh content on the blank page.
4b. If the page already has an established alternate mobile page:
Choose [Edit Mobile Content] and edit the page.
Keep in mind that editing the mobile version of a page means that it falls out of synch with the standard version and will need to be maintained separately for any future content changes. At any time, however, you can revert to synched pages by returning to the mobile version and answering "No" to the question [Page has alternate mobile version? (This page only)? Yes/No]. This will cause the mobile version to match the current content on the standard version, and the two pages to be updated simultaneously once again, anytime you update the standard HTML version.
Moving forward, we are planning additional improvements in the CMS so that the need for alternate mobile versions can be minimized and the page versions can continue to be synched. We'll keep you updated on that work, as well as the other improvements we're continuing to make in the CMS so that it's more user-friendly. (See the September 25 and August 3 posts of this blog for more information on how we've been addressing user concerns raised during the CMS survey.)
Meanwhile, please let your EES representative know of any feedback or suggestions you have regarding the new mobile versions of the EERE Web pages.