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Monday, July 6, 2009

DIY Tips: Is Your Website Mobile Friendly? 4 Free Ways To Make A Mobile Website

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have heard about the phenomenal sales of the new iPhone by Apple. It sold approximately 1 million handsets in 3 days – which is approximately 231 handsets per second.

Now stop and think what that means for website marketing. There’s no prizes for realizing that a mobile version of your website is now becoming more important than ever.

I understand it might still be hard for you to justify the expense of getting a professional mobile version of your website designed, but here’s 5 FREE ways to get a mobile version up.

1. Mofuse:

If your website produces an RSS feed, then Mofuse could be the answer. It takes your sites RSS feed and turns it into a mobile friendly website – perfect for viewing on a myriad of handsets.

2. Mippin

Mippin is another free tool that allows you to turn your website’s RSS feed into your new mobile site. While it’s a simple tool to use, it lacks a lot of the customization that mofuse offers.

3. Wirenode

Don’t have an RSS feed, then Wirenode might be a better option. While it offers some handy templates to get you started, there isn’t much in the way of customization. It does however offer some basic analytics to track performance.

4. Google Mobile Optimizer

The quickest, easiest but possibly ugliest way to mobilize your site is thanks to Google. Just submit your URL and voila – you have a mobile friendly site. But forget about customization – it’s not for those with fancy mobile website aspirations. But heck – it works!

So if you want to ensure you have a mobile friendly version of your website for all your new iPhone carrying customers, without the hefty redesign costs, you’ve got 5 easy ways to get started.

If you try out the tools, make sure to link to your new mobile website via our comments section below so we call all take a look.



Rene LeMerle Rene is the marketing manager of ineedhits.com - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for Gooruze.com - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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Discussion (8 - comments)

Hum… Yeah… Not sure better than nothing…

Let’s see (and hear) what “real clients” think of that “automated design process” that looks more like a notepad file…

OK for article reading, I guess…

Anyway, that’s the FREE concept… & Google is good at making FREE things minimally ok…

So, so far, minimal thanks to Google

Hum…

By Peter - July 9, 2009



Hi,
I took the quick, easy, Ugly way & went with Google!!!
http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http%3A%2F%2Faladdiescave.com.au
Thanks Rene!

By Bev - July 9, 2009



Thanks for the tips. Our site is already mobile friendly. See it here: http://www.hophunt.com

By Richard - July 9, 2009



I Tried out the Google Mobile Optimizer tool, it made my web site look ok http://australiabestwine.com Australia Best Wine . What do I need to do to make it seen on the web so mobile phone can view it. Google shows it as http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http%3A%2F%2Faustraliabestwine.com

By Leigh - July 9, 2009



I recently mobilized my blog using wapple architect, it’s a really good free tool! http://ben90.com/

By Ben Harris - July 12, 2009



You were definitely right about Google MO being ugly, but if it works………. http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.JadedMinx.com

By Reggio - July 15, 2009



I tried the google mobile optimizer but it made my site http://www.sazoo.co.uk kids special occasion clothing look very odd. Is there a way of making it better and would I need a completely new strategy? I focus on christening clothes including a dress and suit for baby boys and girls and would like to target the mobile market.

By Jason Blake - October 5, 2009



You’ve forgotten the most obvious of mobile websites, just get a .tel domain.

By Dialaroom.tel - May 10, 2011




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