Last week in our BlackBerry 101 lecture we pointed you towards the CrackBerry forums, where our moderator Trevor has been hard at work building the CrackBerry Forums How To thread. Since the last lecture he's added a few more lessons, so be sure to drop by and check it out. If you're a new member to CrackBerry.com or are getting your BlackBerry-using colleagues to join the site, this is one of the first threads that should be visited, especially if new to using forums online.
One of the first Blog Posts I ever made for CrackBerry.com (back on Valentine's Day last year) was a How To Video on installing the CrackBerry.com Desktop Launcher. That video was done on a BlackBerry 8700, and the wap site and launcher have seen some updates since then, so I thought in continuing on with the CrackBerry How To theme I'd give a step by step of loading the desktop launcher (others would call it homescreen shortcut!) onto your BlackBerry. Plus, Trevor has a lesson coming up on the CrackBerry Forums How To thread about using the WAP/mobile optimized forums on your BlackBerry, so this is a good lead up to that. Let the class begin!
CrackBerry.com Mobile Optimized Site
Until there is a really powerful full web browser available for the BlackBerry, I'd always suggest visiting the mobile-optimized version of CrackBerry.com when visiting the site (especially if you want to use the forums) from your handheld. When on your BlackBerry, head to http://wap.crackberry.com. The default BlackBerry browser doesn't handle our site so well, and while Opera Mini does a "decent" job of displaying the site, it won't work so well if you try to login and try to use the site's functions. So if on a handheld, go to WAP.CrackBerry.com. It's a pain to type in, but don't worry, you'll only have to type it once. When you visit the WAP site, simply download and install our Desktop Launcher and you'll never be more than a click away from the site.
Step by Step Screenshot Instructions
Find Your Web Browser Among a Mess of Icons!
Once in the browser,
Up comes the mobile-optimized site.
Scroll down, and under Other Options click
Install CrackBerry.com Desktop Shortcut.
Wait for it...
It's a GREATTT Success (said like Borat)
Looks Good on on the Icon Screen
and even better on the Zen theme!
Just click the icon anytime to go straight to our
mobile optimized site at http://wap.crackberry.com
Just for old time's sake, here's the video I originally posted. It's hard to believe I'm been using the Curve for less than year - the 8700 feels like centuries ago.
Now that you have the Desktop Launcher installed on your BlackBerry, you can visit CrackBerry.com anytime. I'll admit the mobile-optimized site gets neglected a bit compared to the full-blown CrackBerry.com site, but you can still login to the forums, read our blog posts, browse, download, and buy from our software store and get to tons of other mobile-optimized sites via our link directory. So don't worry, if you're at an airport with hours to kill, just think wap.CrackBerry.com and visit it from your BlackBerry. Till Next Week, Keep Crack'n!