JQuery Mobile Overview

I recently added a mobile version of my website  wallproductions. I am using the Yii framework so telling which to render mobile vs desktop was pretty straight forward. The hard part was converting the current layout to be mobile friendly. Before I started manipulating my views to be mobile friendly I decided to do some research to see if a framework for this type of thing already existed. Lucky enough I came across JQuery Mobile which so far has been great. JQuery mobile provides a lot of the core structure you need to get started.

The first thing I did was added in a menu. For that I used  jquery-mobile-slide-menu which is an add-on to JQuery mobile. I find it to be easy enough to use and I can easily understand everything it’s doing. I believe there is a built it menu too but I think this one added a couple of smaller enhancements on. Which I found to be very useful. The next thing I did as I started to add in links for the new mobile pages. The routing was not changing so that was another simple step. There was one issue I ran into while adding these links. I noticed that my pages javascript was loading the on page load event. I did some research and found out that in jquery mobile that event won’t fire. At that point I had a choice to rewrite all of my existing javascript to use that new method or not use ajax links. I decided to go down the road of disabling ajax links and since then I have not had issues with my existing javascript. Here is the solution to turn off ajax links so everything you already have work as you would expect.

$.mobile.ajaxEnabled = false;

Another road that I went down before completely disabling the ajax links was to refresh the ajax page on each load. That seemed to work well in most cases but I had some that required a full DOM load. If you want to try to reload the DOMeach time and see if it works you for you then you can implement some javascript like this. This will tell JQuery that it needs to do a complete page refresh with each link click. You can enhance to support other elements like buttons to.

$('a').live('click', function(e) {

var url = $(this).attr('href');

if (url != '#' && url != '' && url != '/#') {

$.mobile.changePage( url, { reload: true, transition: "none"});



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