If you don’t have a mobile version of your website 90% chances are that you are losing valuable customers. By forcing them to view desktop browser optimized version of your business website on their tiny mobile screen, Chances are it won’t display properly and loading time will be so high user will obviously leave the site and look for other sites. This also proves to your user that you don’t have the flexibility to cater to your mobile users, and sometimes users also take it that you are a small company because of your lack of mobile version.
Mobile Market, are you kidding?
Statistics say total Population of world is 6.93 Billion and stats also says that by the end of 2010, there will be 5.3 billion mobile connections in the world, and how many personal computers do you think we have sold so far? You’ll be surprised that stats say we’ll reach 2 billion sales by 2015, so it’s not even close to the sales of mobile connections we have today. Amazed Right!! I know not all mobile users use internet, but again statistics says we can expect rise in % of users accessing internet via mobile in next 5 yrs. So looking through this stats, if I were you I’d better start preparing myself for the next big boom in internet market.
Ok, I’m convinced, now what to do?
It’s good for you that you are convinced coz ultimately it’s you who’ll benefit from this. I don’t expect you to be mobile developer or technician so I’ve created a list of few free sites and plugins for popular scripts which will provide mobile functionality for your site. All you need to do is go through them, and select which suits you the most.
Before You Start…
Before you start I’d like you to download some applications for testing as it’s difficult to switch between mobile and desktop for testing every time you change something. The 1st thing I want you to download is iBBDemo2 this is iPhone and iPad (till now I cannot understand the benefit of using chunky iPad, maybe someday I will) simulator and I generally test mobile sites with this app, if it looks good on this it will probably look good on other phones too. You can also download User agent Switcher so you can switch modes in Firefox.
You should also know about W3C mobile OK Checker its mobile code validator and if you have a score of 100%, you are in perfectly safe zone. This site is 100% mobile OK, check the coding and see how its been done.
Also if you are trying to build your own custom mobile website, you should go through these best practices.
Free Scripts, Services and Plugins…
WordPress Mobile Edition – If you have a WordPress website, you can use WordPress mobile edition plugin to create a mobile version of your website. You can check out a demo of the plugin here. Mobile browsers are automatically detected; the list of mobile browsers can be customized on the settings page.
BAAP Mobile Version – This is also a wordpress plugin for wordpress site, it helps to convert your site to mobile version automatically. It includes a mobile switcher to select themes based on the type of user that is visiting the site, a selection of mobile themes, extra widgets, device adaptation and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit the site or write new posts when out and about.
Joomla Mobile Extention – Mobile Joomla is the best way to mobilize your Joomla! site, displaying beautifully on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, WAP and all other phones. It comes with advanced mobile detection, Multi Support Site, Sub-domain redirection etc.
Onbile – Onbile is a web application where you can create your mobile version of your website. This is a great application where you can edit pages, customize it using templates, and paste it in your mobile and you’re done. It is also compatible with wordpress, joomla, etc.
MobileSiteGalore – This is also a free cum paid service for mobile websites, free pack comes with only 3 pages, limited features and limited hosting. It claims to be 100% W3C Mobile OK.
Zinadoo – This is a free mobile site creation tool along with free subdomain, It does have its drawbacks for free version, you cannot use your domain, it also gives its own ads.
There are also free templates available at MobiFreaks. I Myself am looking forward on creating some free mobile templates for you guys soon.
Thats all for today hope you guys enjoyed the article .