Talk:Mobile Gateway/Mobile homepage formatting

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Hi there! Is there any way to show completely different content for desktop users and mobile users? --C.eiermann (talk) 15:50, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Hello C.eiermann. First: Plase use the talk page for MobileFrontend, i don't know, how much people read here :P It's possible to show a complete different content for mobile users, that's what explainend in this article :) Just define some div containers with id "mf-something" (where something is a string choosed by you). These containers are only visible in mobile view, not in desktop. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Florianschmidtwelzow (talkcontribs)

使用“ nomobile”的方式做移动的标注实在是太笨的方法[edit]

nomobile这种方式是吧原本不被干扰的全部干扰。这种问题绝对不能用排除法。应该是需要使用再标注的方式。 以前的mf-方式标注是非常对的。建议改回来。

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Litanwei (talkcontribs) 02:34, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

mf-* elements[edit]

@Jon (WMF):, could you please let us know why did you remove the mf-* instructions? Judging from the current code, these still work. Is there currently an alternative way to choose the sections to be used in the mobile main page?--Strainu (talk) 20:37, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Yes. Use nomobile on the sections you do not want used. The mf- ids are enabled by a deprecated feature flag that is not enabled by default. When Extension:TemplateStyles gets deployed you can expect some messaging relating to removing usages as this will give far more control to editors. Jdlrobson (talk) 00:37, 20 June 2017 (UTC)
Well, the problem is without mf- ids, only FA articles and news are displayed on ro.wp main page. See with mf vs. without mf (the DYK section is probably there simply because of a bug - it's not actually considered a section). How are "sections" detected?--Strainu (talk) 15:56, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
Hi sorry again for slow reply. You can ping @Jdlrobson: to get me quicker!

So we're trying to move away from this markup and remove the code associated with it as Extension:TemplateStyles is on the horizon. We're thus discouraging usage. The mobile site preferably should not need to make big HTML changes to your main page.

This page shows how to remove the elements you want: The remaining problem with this page is the use of tables and fixed width.

This can be fixed on mobile by doing: td.mainpage-box {

   width: 100% !important;
   clear: both;
   display: block;
   border: 0 !important;

} You'll need to move some of the rules currently in the template into MediaWiki:Common.css and update the inline styles. of mainpage-box to get the desired effect but no mf- attributes should be needed. Does that make sense? @Strainu:

Jon (WMF) (talk) 00:07, 8 July 2017 (UTC)


How can we activate MFSpecialCaseMainPage like Genman Wikipedia? Or there is another way to add elements to the mobile site. I can't understand above answer. --Motoko C. K. (talk) 10:47, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

MFSpecialCaseMainPage is being deprecated. I hope helps? Jdlrobson (talk) 22:05, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
@Jdlrobson: So, how can we add a new element to the mobile site homepage? Now, we can see only a featured article and news on the mobile site of Korean Wikipedia, although we can also see a good article and a featured picture on the desktop site. How can we fix the mobile site in this situation?--Motoko C. K. (talk) 22:19, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
Could you provide a bit more background on what you are trying to achieve? The goal of this deprecation is to ensure content on the main page is consistent across mobile and desktop by making content the same for both mobile and desktop by following a mobile first responsive design. this draft demonstrates how you can turn the existing main page into a responsive design. With the exception of the top header (which is a table), the entire design looks great and displays perfectly on mobile. The `pre` tag at the top of the page shows what TemplateStyles may look like for this page to make it work the same on desktop. Does that help understanding? Jdlrobson (talk) 14:07, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
I carefully read the explanation you wrote. I think it's useful. If I have more questions, I will tell you. :) --Motoko C. K. (talk) 06:10, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

Assuming you do not want to do a big redesign[edit]

Assuming you do not want to do a big redesign [...], you can follow this guide: [...] 1. Stop using tables

Couldn't help but notice how helpful is this advice (as correct as it is) to users who don't want a big redesign. Given the complexity of mainpages, it's basically a complete redesign. Edward Chernenko (talk) 08:28, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

Does this edit help? The idea is not to change the display but simply swap out table HTML for divs.

Jdlrobson (talk) 17:40, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

You must have administrator rights in order to edit the homepage[edit]

Why? I’m asking because it’s not true – the main page might be protected on many wikis, but it’s not special cased at all in this sense, and may be edited by autoconfirmed users on a large number of wikis, somewhere even by anons. —Tacsipacsi (talk) 22:10, 19 January 2019 (UTC)