Reading this blog on iPad

Are people having a hard time reading the blog on their iPads?

What is happening?

UPDATE 14 Augs 2130 GMT:

I switched off the iPad theme.  I hope that helps.  Keep the feedback coming if there are still problems on iPad.

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  1. iPadre says:

    I don’t like plugins that make the site mobile, so I go right to the bottom to change the view. The normal page view looks great on the iPad.

  2. APX says:

    Not iPad, but the blog has caused my iPhone to crash repeatedly lately.

  3. jhayes says:

    Yes. Most of the time recently I get a special tablet page design. To get the regular page design I have to scroll to the bottom of the page and click a button. But the change isn’t saved and I have to go through the same procedure agian the next time i come back to he website

  4. majuscule says:

    Like the others, when using my iPad I am automagically served the mobile version. I dislike it. I always scroll down (down down) and change it.

    What’s more, I an unable to post comments from that view. Of course that may be a feature and not a bug.

  5. LorrieRob says:

    Glad to read this! I prefer the regular view too and hadn’t seen the button until this post. No other problems though.

  6. mamajen says:

    The mobile version is fine on my iPad 2, with the exception that if I accidentally click “Preview” instead of “Post” when I comment, the comment disappears never to be seen again (there is no preview). Once in a while it will tell me the comment was unable to post, but actually it did go through. Overall, though, I like it. I’m generally not a fan of mobile themes, but this one makes the comments particularly easy to read through, and I’m an avid comment reader. Like others have said, though, the regular site works just fine on my iPad as well.

  7. TopSully says:

    Some entries, when read on my iPad crash the browser. I always turn off the mobile view when it appears, which is seemingly random.

  8. Yeah, about every two days the blog changes back to the mobile view, which I don’t particularly like. And also, it doesn’t allow for seeing that particularly nice banner you have, which to me is almost like the nihil obstat for wdtprs… Makes me think the site is a fake.

  9. Iowander says:

    Images very rarely load for me on iPhone and iPad. I read a lot of blogs (with similar/same mobile themes), and this is the only problematic one. I’m not sure if it’s related to the current problem, but I thought I’d mention it.

  10. Marlon says:

    I have had the same experience in getting the mobile version. I change it; sometimes it stays that way for a while, but in a short time it always reverts back to the mobile version. It’s irritating, but I just routinely switch it back every time; I like the regular view too.

  11. Ben Yanke says:

    Not sure when the supposed problem happened, but when I tried last Thursday, it seemed to work fine, as you saw. If you need someone to test some things, email me, we have an ipad.

  12. mrsmontoya says:

    The first display is a “mobile” or iPad format version, when I scroll down to the bottom of the page I can choose to switch the format.

  13. majuscule says:

    Thanks mamajen–about the preview disappearing. I had not tried posting without previewing. Oooooo…I don’t know if I could even make myself do that. LOL!

  14. John 6:54 says:

    The iPad format is horrid. It’s fine on iPhone but iPad should be in the regular format in my opinion.

  15. thefeds says:

    Fortunately, for me, I have had no issues with either the iPad 3 or iPhone 4s. Thanks for asking!

  16. Blaine says:

    Same as most, I don’t like the mobile theme on iPad. It just seems to randomly happen.

  17. AnAmericanMother says:

    Certain posts seem to crash Safari (a number of them are on the top bar).
    Sometimes it won’t let me post but that seems to be o.k. right now. . .

  18. AnAmericanMother says:

    It’s the mobile app that won’t let me post – it stayed in desktop by itself this time.

  19. lh says:

    Yes, it is the mobile app. You can’t post unless you scroll down and change the setting.
    Thank you for asking.

  20. fvhale says:

    Diversis enironment. Diversa species. Sed idem. Eadem fabula

  21. VexillaRegis says:

    I don’t have an iPad, but the button for YUPR in the “roman sunset list” hasn’t been working for some days. Sorry, back to your iPad problems!

  22. mormormax says:

    I have the same difficulty with the mobile version. It’s truly awful and very hard to navigate. You can’t just scroll and read. Once I found the button at the bottom I just scroll down as soon as I go to the blog, turn off mobile and life is good again. It might annoy a first time reader though.

  23. mysticalrose says:

    I’m finding the Frz app really really slow to the bring up the blog on iPhone 4s. I dont have this problem with other blogs.

  24. Anonymous Seminarian says:

    Yes, the iPad theme is terrible. I always change it.

  25. Allan S. says:

    “Yes, the iPad theme is terrible. I always change it.”


  26. Thomas S says:

    I always change it to the normal site, otherwise it eventually crashes Safari, depending on the post.

  27. frjim4321 says:

    WDTPRS has been crashing both Safari and Chrome on my new, unadulterated iPad.

    If I’m able to scroll to the bottom and toggle the “iPad” format button (and I can’t tell whether that’s turning it “on” or “off,” it won’t crash.

  28. I switched off the iPad theme. I hope that helps.

    I am looking into what might be creating problems for iPhone. It works with mine, so I am having a hard time figuring out what is going on.

  29. SouthTxMom says:

    Whew! Thank you, Fr. Z for changing that setting! I usually read your blog via Pulse Reader…But when I would go to the website, I thought it was something wrong w/my iPad, and would change view like other have mentioned. All better now!

  30. Deacon Nathan Allen says:

    I find myself having to dust off the ‘Shakespeare Insult Kit’ [] whenever the iPad format comes up, so I don’t violate the Second Commandment as I speed down to the bottom of the page to turn the tablet format off.

  31. Patrick Langan says:

    I can access your site quite easily however sometimes I have to go to the bottom of the page to change back to the original layout

  32. frjim4321 says:

    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf says:
    14 August 2012 at 12:37 pm
    I switched off the iPad theme. I hope that helps.
    I am looking into what might be creating problems for iPhone. It works with mine, so I am having a hard time figuring out what is going on.

    That seems to have corrected the problem.

    Thank you.

  33. ckdexterhaven says:

    Well, I’m going to have to look out the window to see if there is a pig flying, b/c I agree with Fr. Jim4321. It looks a lot better now. Last week, the LCWR post shut down Safari every time I opened it. Thanks for the fix!

  34. george says:

    I have a Kindle Fire and most mornings when I first load the page I also got the mobile view. A reload would take me to the normal site, which was much preferable. +1 on the banner being the “nihil obstat”, the “trusted certificate” for the site. If I don’t see that, I reload.

  35. Allan S. says:

    Thank you! On the now-disabled theme no media would play, and it was not very functional (displaying only a very small snip of each post without graphics). Much better now.

  36. jessicahoff says:

    Yes, switching off the iPad theme has worked, Father. Tonight I got the standard version, which I prefer, as do so many. No other problems on my iPad 2. Great site Father, thank you very much for it.

  37. frjim4321 says:

    Well, I’m going to have to look out the window to see if there is a pig flying, b/c I agree with Fr. Jim4321. It looks a lot better now. Thanks for the fix!

    Oh I am sure we could find more than that to agree about! Beverages? Cigars? Anchovies on pizza?

  38. frjim4321 says: Beverages? Cigars? Anchovies on pizza?

    On that we can agree.

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