How to default to latest on mobile and categories+latest on desktop?

Is there a way to default the frontpage to display latest page on mobile, while on desktop displaying the categories+latest combined view? I’m currently trying to figure this out.

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No there is no way to do this.

Thanks. That’s a bit sad tho as I am finding it frustrating to have to take an extra step to find latest when on mobile and using the discourse app. It tells me I have new posts to read, I select the link and then see not topics but categories. On desktop I am ok with the cat+latest view which my colleagues prefer but on mobile it shows me just cat.

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You could do it, if you edit the nginx-settings. We use a nginx reverse proxy, so its no real problem. Its a dirty hack, but works.

    # ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # Redirect Mobile to latest instead to default
    # ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        set $mobile_rewrite N;
        if ($http_user_agent ~* "(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino") {
               set $mobile_rewrite Y;
        }
        if ( $http_referer !~* "www\.mydomain\.com" ) {
               set $mobile "${mobile_rewrite}E";
        }
        if ($mobile_rewrite = YE) {
               rewrite     ^\/$   https://www.mydomain.com/latest redirect;
        }
        if ($http_user_agent ~* '(iPhone|iPod|android|blackberry)') {
             rewrite     ^\/$   https://www.mydomain.com/latest permanent;
        }

This version is shorter and faster, may also work for you. [code] if ($http_user_agent ~* "(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|iemobile|ip(hone|od)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino") { rewrite ^\/$ https://www.mydomain.com/latest redirect; } [/code]

The compromise we reached on our forum was to

  • Set categories as the homepage
  • On mobile, make the logo link to /latest

That way the categories view is welcoming to potentially new visitors, while regular users are just 1 tap away from the ‘latest’ page.

The suggestion came from somewhere on meta, but I can’t find it right now.

The code we use (in the Mobile “Header” section of CSS/HTML customisation) is

<script type="text/discourse-plugin" version="0.4">
  api.changeWidgetSetting('home-logo', 'href', '/latest')
</script>

(on an unrelated note, can json uploads be enabled on meta, so we can share “exported” customisations for others to easily import?)

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Definitely in favor of a admin setting for

  • mobile category page style

To go along with the current setting for

  • desktop category page style

Categories+Latest combined view is brilliant for desktop but Latest is key for mobile.

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Bumping this feature request:

Mobile usage is more and more frequent on my community, and I too think the default mobile view is pretty unpleasant when using Categories + Latest as the category page style.

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