Mobile Devices Support in Sitefinity 4.0

Our team has been investigating recently whether there is any mobile devices support in the new release in Sitefinity CMS. As we expected there was no built-in support of mobile devices in Sitefinity 4.0 (e.g. like it is done in MS SharePoint). I will give here a short description how we were going to manage the situation.

And the only way to implement support of mobile devices is to create a mobile branch of the web site with corresponding templates of pages and CSS.

When a user browses a web site from a mobile device, the application should detect the type of the device and the version of a browser and to  redirect the user to the required branch of the web site.

There are several ready-to-use widgets and themes, but all of them were developed for Sitefinity 3.7 and has not tested with the latest 4.0 release yet. This may result in extra efforts to adjust these widgets and themes for Sitefinity 4.0 when you do similar task.

Below is the list of links to themes and widgets and we are all waiting for the first mobile themes compatible with SF 4.0.

Sitefinity Mobile Starter Theme

(http://www.sitefinity.com/marketplace/themes/mobile-starter-theme.aspx )

Mobile Starter Theme is a lightweight theme designed for mobile browsers.

License cost: free

Source code: Yes

Sitefinity Toolkit

(http://www.sitefinity.com/marketplace/modules/sitefinity-toolkit.aspx )

This toolkit include Mobile Browser Detection Control which detects if users are on a mobile device and switches to a mobile theme.

 

License cost: free

Source code: No

Sitefinity Toolkit

(http://www.sitefinity.com/marketplace/modules/response-redirect-control.aspx )

Response Redirect is a user control that can be used to redirect the request to a specified URL based on the presence of certain keywords in the user agent. This scenario can be used to detect and redirect mobile browsers to a mobile friendly Sitefinity website.

 

License cost: free

Source code: No