We’ve eluded to it a bit in the past, but along with the changes going on with the new site design, we are also in the early stages of creating mobile apps for both Android and iOS. These are still a ways out, but the goal is to provide more functionality to our users from an ease of use standpoint, and also being able to provide additional features that work better in a mobile app environment (such as better notifications and real-time communication).

Approximately 7 out of 10 visitors to the site are on mobile (which is why the current and upcoming UI changes are a lot more mobile-focused), but I’m interested in finding out how everyone here uses the site from a mobile perspective.

So to make it simple - if you have a moment please respond with whether or not you typically visit the site on desktop or mobile, as well as why you choose one over the other? And if a dedicated mobile app was available, would you use it over the browser version if it at least provided the same functionality? If it provided additional features that are more tuned toward mobile apps?

This isn’t intended to become a super in-depth discussion of what we can achieve with the app, rather it’s more about gauging current usage before we fully jump into the main development. Thanks!

Posted 2 weeks ago
Desktop user here, because I prefer viewing photos on a wider screen and it's always been more practical to me to use a computer than a smartphone (photo editing, writing descriptions, etc.)
Posted 2 weeks ago
I only use desktop because my phone is a potato.
Posted 2 weeks ago
I rarely ever visit the site on mobile. I mostly visit on desktop. I've always preferred using a computer, which dare I say is now becoming an "Old-fashioned" thing? :(
Posted 2 weeks ago
I visit on desktop so this layout is truthfully a bit foreign to me as a desktop design. I have an android so if I were to use the app that would primarily be just for quickly checking text posts and in that case I'd use the app over the browser.
Posted 2 weeks ago
Most of the time I use my laptop to view and upload images. On my phone I mostly show pictures to friends and family or sometimes at work I'll search for characters to help a customer with finding things for a look.
Posted 2 weeks ago
I typically find myself using desktop most of the time, but, I don't mind browsing on mobile every now and then. If it makes any difference, I use Chrome on desktop and the standard Samsung browser on my phone. I did notice that the text boxes were elongated but this was in the before times when there was a switch to the new layout for the first time.

If I recall, wasn't there something available for users to upload on mobile, or am I remembering something else? In any case, I could do either or :).
Posted 1 week ago
I don't even own a cell phone, so...

In recent years I've ceased using any site that skews its design entirely to mobile users at the cost of functionality to laptop/desktop users, and I would really hate for that to be the reason I finally leave cosplay dot com. e.g. right now I have a giant white REPORT USER block over the top of everyone's posts so I can't even read what anyone is saying. I don't give a shit about separate apps, go for it I know cell phones are the way of the now and the future and those who don't adapt end up hermits in the woods, but whatever you do, don't sacrifice computer functionality for something that looks good on a phone.
Posted 1 week ago
@CapsuleCorp - the report user should be in a dropdown and that's the first I've heard of it blocking anything. Do you by chance have javascript disabled? Also, as the report feature isn't live yet I've removed that part so it shouldn't be showing, please let me know if its' fixed on your side.
Posted 1 week ago
Personally, I only ever view it on my desktop (mostly because I'm terrible at remembering my login info), but I do understand the desire to have a "mobile friendly" option. Maybe you should consider an "alt version" like "m.cosplay.com" so folks can choose to use either version?
Posted 1 week ago
@walkerofdarkness funny you mention that, we're actually considering doing something similar but in the opposite direction. Since most non-members are on mobile, we want to keep the experience as mobile-friendly as possible, but also realize that more advanced features work better in either a desktop format or a full-blown mobile app. So the consideration right now is to keep this simple, and if users are logged in on desktop take them to a full desktop experience. And if users want to log in on mobile, provide a mobile app to do that with.

That way casual users (which make up well over 90% of our visitors with the vast majority on mobile - over 70%) have a quick site to view, while members logged in every day have a more advanced version (desktop web-app or mobile app) depending on their device.
Posted 1 week ago
I can't recall if I've ever used the site on mobile, at most maybe viewed it to show a cosplay to someone but I've certainly never uploaded or anything like that from mobile. I really only ever visit on desktop, for two primary reasons. The first is if I'm uploading anything I give it an edit pass first and my editing software's on my PC, not a phone (my phone's pretty dated). The second reason is unless I'm specifically uploading photos I usually only visit the site during the day when I'm at work and looking for a way to pass the time, so I visit the site on my work PC.

That doesn't surprise me about the mobile visitor rate though. It's probably really quick and easy to just casually look at photos on a phone, compared to actually editing, uploading, and participating in forums which only registered members would do.
Posted 1 week ago
I prefer desktop as doing anything on mobile other than browsing or likes/upvotes is a pain. If I want to type/edit a reply or upload/download something I need to be on desktop because mobile is just too frustrating for me no matter the site. I have a tiny phone screen and fat fingers, and didn't even have a smartphone until last year.
Posted 1 week ago
I prefer desktop whenever possible. Phones are fine for casual internet browsing when you're stuck in a waiting room. But whenever I want to edit and upload photos, type up a detailed costume build, or send a message longer than a few sentences I'm definitely doing that on a desktop.

I want the more advanced features a desktop site can offer. I want to be able to find things easily and not have to scroll down forever and accidentally hit a link or like button with my thumb. I want to just look and see costume details and not have to try and zoom in on my tiny screen to appreciate them.

If a dedicated app came out, even if it did provide the same things as the desktop site I wouldn't download it. I don't need another app on my phone. They only have so much space and there are a zillion that I have to have because X program or Y product won't work without it. If I wanted to casually browse the site on my phone, or look up a useful tip someone posted real quick, I would just use the mobile site.

I haven't been active on this site for a while, but have been watching the updates with interest whenever I have a chance to check in. I really want this site to come back and do well. I would love to have a way to participate in this hobby online again that doesn't involve FB Groups.

But, if this becomes a primarily mobile-oriented site that is difficult to browse via desktop or is just another social media website full of newsfeeds and like buttons without manageable galleries or navigable discussion forums, I don't really have any interest in returning.
Posted 1 week ago
Oh wow! It's been a while since I logged on but I'm glad the site is still here! I usually use desktop simply because it was easier to navigate but if a mobile app was available, I would 100% log on more and use the mobile site. I definitely see myself using both in the future, though.
Posted 19 hours ago
I just use desktop for pretty much everything online as much as I can, but especially when viewing or editing photos. I hate the tiny screens on cell phones! I also don't want to be on the internet all the time when I'm not at home because that means I'm glued to a screen rather than being in the moment and appreciating what's going on around me. That being said, I know I'm in the minority.