Now Hackaday Looks Great On The Small Screen Too

Most of use read and comment on Hackaday from the desktop, while we let our mind work through the perplexing compiler errors, wait for that 3D print to finish, or lay out the next PCB. But more and more people discovering Hackaday for the first time are arriving here on mobile devices, and now they’ll be greeted with a better reading experience — we’ve updated our look for smaller screens.

Yes, it may be a surprise but there are still people who don’t know about Hackaday. But between featuring your amazing hacks, and publishing the incredible original content tirelessly written by our amazing writers and editors, we’re seeing more new readers than ever. Our mission is to bring hardware hacking and the free and open sharing of information and ideas to people everywhere. So we made a responsive design that fits on the tall and narrow shards of glass attached to everyone’s hand.

There’s a generation of mobile-first hackers that we know has been headed our way — just a few years ago I lamented the change this poses to full-sized keyboards. But we think everyone should be interested in the kind of delightful self-learning that happens all the time around here and we’re happy to improve the mobile experience for that reason. Now we look great on a cellphone screen, and continue to look great on your battlestation where you have one-tab-always-open with Hackaday while laying out that circuit board, or debugging those timing issues on a sweet embedded project.

64 thoughts on “Now Hackaday Looks Great On The Small Screen Too

    1. This was an incredible surprise! I read Hackaday through Inoreader RSS app on iPhone 8 but often find myself browsing through more pages after the article. I had to zoom and scroll with every link that I clicked but, this is what I needed! Thank you!

  1. Ah, finally! Thanks very much, really appreciate it.

    I read hackaday on my small screens when I step *away* from my desktop, to wait for the kettle to boil etc. or when relaxing.

    Plus if I read hackaday on my desktop, it’s unlikely that any work would get done…

  2. Excellent! Finally, I can spend even more of my time reading Hackaday!

    If I may request one more tweak: it would be perfect if making my browser fill half of a 1920×1080 monitor (i.e. 960 px wide) didn’t make a horizontal scroll bar.

      1. What is this “Edit Button” you speak of? It smacks of sorcery and witchcraft to me. Are you never satisfied? The HAD team have worked hard to bring these pages in to the late 20th Century with an (almost) working mobile version, and you want all this and an “Edit Button” too. Have you no shame?

  3. Maybe you can make option to expand all comments with click on some button “see all comments” under the article, while keep “if you miss it” section with advertisements just under that button. Therefore, you dont need to scroll trough all comments (especially if there is lot of them) if you are not interested reading them to reach some more interesting articles, and ads themselves are more reachable to people. And yeah, that is going to be visible on some statistic graphs over there, while keeping people stay longer on your site.

  4. Wow I must be the only person on earth that does not like this new layout. I guess I’m going to have to use the “request desktop site” feature on firefox like I already do to view facebook

      1. Yes please! Or the ability to zoom out. The new website looks great but it has jarringly larger text than any other website I frequent on my mobile device. I’ve been really enjoying the larger write ups but it’s painful to read them now with the excessive scrolling required by the massive font.

      2. I agree about the font. Compared to the desktop version, which works great on my phone, the lines are half as long and there is a ton of space between the lines.
        And it
        gets old
        quickly having
        to read
        a new
        line every
        Couple words.
        Desktop version has far better information density and allows for a better overview.

    1. A lot of sites that offer “mobile versions” I find getting the desktop site is the best way forward.
      Because the people writing them decide what features they want to remove, or info not worthy of being displayed.
      So you ended up loading the desktop to make it work properly.

      Less cringe worthy than many apps which are simple front end wrappers for pulling all the same data in over webpages anyway. But allowing devs to harvest more data from the phone.

  5. Nice to have this option when I want to read the comments, but I primarily read the site postings via an RSS reader on my mobile devices. I find it handy to have all the various sites I read consolidated in one place, and where I can easily see if there’s a new post.

  6. Your website sucks on all devices.
    When we finally had high resolution monitors, I was convinced that the time of white, green or amber letters on black background was gone for good.

    But there are still some unteachable nutters, that seem to think that this is nevertheless a good idea, against all ergonomic findings of the last 100 years.

    If there wasn’t some interesting content here and there, I’d never visit It hurts my eyes.

    And I’d never even think about putting one of my projects on This is the most confusing thing that I’ve ever seen. I’d rather dump everything file on a ftp server.

  7. Looking good on nexus6p, this is a welcome change. The font balance between headers/body is now much more sensible too (used to be: header so huge it does bot fit on screen, text so tiny that you must zoom to read and eyes hurt anyway).

    Extra thanks for enabling zoom.

    (extra rant) Why oh why mobile sites love disabling zoom so much. You have a tiny screen? You can’t really make out any details in this tiny picture? Well f*** you, we also disabled zooming in, muahahahahahahaha! — or what were they thinking?

  8. Great, I read hackaday almost exclusively on mobile as I’m waiting for lectures or such. But the text feels a bit large at my note4. Perhaps it could automatically adapt for screen size, or zooming outcould be enabled.

  9. Since we’re on the subject of fixes, can you do something about the search?

    When I enter a search term that’s somewhat broad, I get a list of blog items displayed on the page, and then my only option is to hit the ‘Next’ button, and that’s it. No seeing how many results, no pagination to use to jump to if I know it was an older post, sorting methods, etc. At the very least it would be nice to see JUST titles with links to the blogs, and not the entire posts just barfed out one after another, so I can narrow down what I’m looking for easily.

  10. Why is not for mobile platform and for desktop users
    not all readers like this mobile spageti site version
    or add to url?layout=desktop and I will bootkmark this site with forced desktop version
    many readers using wide LCD monitors and this responsible version s?x….

      1. really??? it would be freaking awesome if i could select which version of had i got to view. it really annoys me when i view had on my phone and i have it set to “request desktop version” then when i refresh the page it reverts back to the god damn mobile version. i have to disable “request desktop version” and then re-enable it so i can get back to reading in comfort without my eyes hurting from such large font. my phones screen is 5.5in so the letters in the titles is 1/4in tall i can literally read the titles from 20 feet away. so what will happen when you have a word in the title that is more that 14 letters long……. it wont fit. also when you use a lot of big words we end up with one word per line.

        long time reader but not for much longer

  11. I mostly welcome the fact that the text is no longer hard against the left edge of the display. I have yet to find a screen protector for the stupid curved screen on my new phone that does not obscure the edges.
    Hackaday was my test site to see if the edge was legible. Now I don’t need to search anymore!

    PS: text could be smaller.

  12. Still not liking this new mobile version. For some reason HAD forgets I have my phone set to “request desktop site” but when I open firefox it loads the mobile version then I have to disable “request desktop site” and then go back to menu and re-enable “request desktop site” every time I try to view the HAD site. At least facebook loads the correct layout how is facebook’s site more intelligent than hackaday’s I was a daily reader of HAD but since this mobile version has been forsed down our throats I only come here once or twice a week.

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