CoveritLive - Mobile
CoveritLive understands that mobile Readers make up a significant part of your online audience. As a result we've taken measures to to make sure your mobile Readers can easily watch and participate in your live event. In addition, we also know that you and your event Producers often need to run your live event from your mobile device. That's why we provide a robust iPhone App, Android App, as well as a mobile version of CoveritLive that makes it easy to manage your live events from the field.
Can Readers participate in a live event from a mobile device?
Yes, Readers can seamlessly watch and participate in CoveritLive events from their mobile devices. We've standardized our mobile Viewer Window to include the same features as the desktop Viewer Window. This means that by default, your mobile Readers will now get the exact same experience as your desktop Readers. We know that your Readers will love the familiarity and features of the desktop version on their mobile devices.
If preferred - the full-screen mobile version is still accessible to your Readers via our new Smartphone icon in the lower toolbar of the Viewer Window. (This icon appears when on a compatible device. If you add /ipod=y to the end of the main URL for your event, then you can see our Smartphone version of the Viewer Window.) CiL software automatically detects the mobile browser and serves up the right version based on the Reader's phone and OS. The mobile detect code is built into the standard CiL embed code you always use, so no additional coding is required.
Note: If you are using a Skin (such as Simple Skin) which has the footer hidden, then the SmartPhone icon will also be hidden by default. If required you could add a link above your Viewer Window directing readers to the SmartPhone version by adding /ipod=y to the end of the main URL for your event.
On my mobile site the Viewer Window appears cut off - what can I do?
Most likely the width of the iframe that controls the Viewer Window is wider than your mobile website. As a result a portion of the Viewer Window is being cut off on the right side. We recommend editing this width property to make the window smaller when adding it to your mobile site.
If you’re able to use the following version of the embed code when presenting the content on your mobile site your Readers will get the best experience. You will need to replace the "width="XXXpx" code called out in bold below with appropriate values for your event/site. The primary benefit of this version is that the window expands vertically to accommodate content when viewed on a mobile device, which creates a better reading experience.
A couple of notes:
- The height parameter is just an initial height for the event, as the seamless="seamless" attribute instructs mobile browsers to expand the frame to accommodate the events contents.
- The altcast_code can be found in the standard CoveritLive embed code.
- The standard event embed code should continue to be used for the desktop version of your website
- Learn more about resizing your Viewer Window
My site uses Responsive Design - any recommendations?
The CoveritLive window can be manually resized and/or directed into “smart” mode by overriding parameters in the embed code. This can be done directly in the embed code by hand or programmatically by an external system such as a CMS based on the properties of that system. This is a useful option when you want to display the Viewer Window in different ways depending on the user’s environment or the page layout the Viewer Window is being displayed within. In the future, additional options for configuring automated responsive formats will be available.
I have additional mobile requirements - do you have an API?
Yes, if you are interested in an alternative implementation or custom interface for your events then we also offer a very robust API. Several of our users have built custom applications to call the CoveritLive API which allowed them to display their event data outside of the CiL Viewer Window and completely customize the mobile experience.
Can I run a live event from my mobile device?
Yes, all Writers and Producers using mobile devices can run live events directly from their phone. Ideal for on-the-scene coverage of breaking-news, conferences and sporting events. We offer two robust Apps which let you easily run live events and instantly publish commentary, Tweets, Reader comments and multimedia directly to your CoveritLive event.
In addition to our Apps you can also go to http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php on a mobile browser and you will see a CoveritLive interface especially designed for mobile use. A "mobile version" link is also available at the bottom of each coveritlive.com page in the footer.
Use CiL Mobile to instantly:
- Login to your CiL account
- View your Current/Upcoming live event list
- Create a new live event
- Launch an Upcoming live event
- Publish live commentary in real-time
- Upload photos, audio & video files
- Place events into Standby Mode
- End live events
- View live event listings
Note: You can create and launch a new live event from a mobile device however please note you will need to add the embed code to your website using the web-based CiL software (unless you are already using a Coverpage).
Additional Mobile Options: