The following is a guest post from Edwin Chan. Edwin is an avid marketer and writer currently working at 9th Sphere – An award winning company specializing in online marketing and web design in Toronto. Edwin has a passion for great web design and helping businesses succeed.
We live in a world addicted to mobile phones and portable devices like tablets, iPods and the like and their popularity seems to be growing by the day. If you manage any Google Analytics accounts, you can’t help but notice the influx of traffic from mobile devices like smartphones, Android tablets and of course iPads.
With all the growth in the mobile device industry, it’s amazing to note that not every website is compatible with mobile devices at this point in time. It leaves a user forever zooming and scrolling to see all the content, which can be frustrating. For some websites, over 50% of their traffic comes from mobile devices so isn’t it about time to look into creating a mobile-friendly version of your website?
Below are the top tools to help you with your mobile website design:
If you use jQuery on your website, you will be happy to note that there is a mobile version called jQuery Mobile. This mobile platform will allow you to build one mobile-friendly website that will work on many of the most popular mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Blackberry, Bada and more.
This unique tool starts with the idea that instead of figuring out how to cram your entire website into a mobile version, you should start building with the smallest version of your website (your mobile version) first and then work upwards.
WordPress is one of the most popular website building platforms there is, and WP Touch Pro is an amazing plugin to deal with your mobile website needs. Instead of having to build a new mobile theme or redesign your site to work with mobile, WP Touch Pro takes your existing website and makes it into a mobile version.
MobilePress is yet another WordPress plugin that turns your WordPress-based website into a fully functioning mobile website. This plugin is free to use and allows your mobile website to be viewed in all the major mobile devices and platforms including iPhone, Opera mini and Windows Mobile browsers.
Used by more than 20,000 websites, including many notable websites, MoFuse can be used to easily build a mobile website. If you don’t have the time or skill, MoFuse will do it for you. This tool has a monthly subscription price, depending on what you are looking for.
This mobile website building platform is used by large organizations like Starbucks and Lululemon. It offers its users almost unlimited flexibility in creating a visually appealing yet functional mobile website compatible with today’s latest mobile devices.
This web standards compliant mobile website builder takes it to the next level with features like forums and polls to engage users, even on their mobile devices. No longer does your mobile site need to be a stripped down version of your main website!
Once you get your mobile website built, use this fantastic tool to make sure it’s W3C mobile friendly.
With the major growth in mobile devices and their use, many website users are almost exclusively using the web while on the go. If you haven’t ventured into making sure your website works on mobile browsers, now is the time. You’re soon going to be left in the dust and losing visitors if you don’t.
Have you upgraded your company/personal or client websites to a mobile version yet? If so, what platforms or plugins did you use to make it work?
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