How to create a cell phone website
Making your website accessible via cell phone or other handheld device can be easier than it seems. There are different options to do this, and the one you choose will depend on several factors.
Of course, you need to take into account that mobile devices have smaller screens compared to PCs, so the layout of the contents needs to be simpler and more efficiently distributed (this is, in one single column instead of multiple columns), and also that mobile devices connect to the internet using slower connections. So it is not a good idea to fill your website with videos, images, etc. that take ages to load, or which won’t fully load. Also, if your website has a background image or images for buttons and navigations, it’s better to change them in favour of plain text or CSS.
Mobile website programming
Not unlike building a regular website, this option implies advanced notions of programming, since you will have to design the whole website. An alternative option for this is hiring a web designer, with the additional costs this involves. The steps to take are the following:
- Design the layout of your website.
- Build it with HTML.
- Add CSS features to personalize it.
- Upload the website to a server. It will need to be a host that detects the device from which the website is being accessed, thus showing its mobile version or the regular one.
Another option to build a mobile website is through a template. The process is very similar to the first described, but you don’t need to know how to program a website. You only have to:
- Download a template.
- Personalize it.
- Upload it to the server that will detect whether it is accessed via mobile device or other.
The obvious disadvantage of this option is that predetermined templates can easily be found online, and there is a chance that another website will look like yours.
Online web builder
Probably the best option, online website builders like Zeendo provide a fast, accurate and affordable service. They create a mobile version for your website through templates that you can adapt to your needs (unlike the templates), and provide a content editor for you to update the contents of your website easily and without intermediaries.
As for the price, they usually offer both a free plan in exchange of publicity on your website, and then a professional plan at affordable prices and annual contracts.
Depending on your needs, Zeendo offers you three different plans: Professional, Ecommerce or Reseller. For very little money, with these plans you can obtain premium features and exclusive support and you can also take advantage of the discounts and special offers provided by Zeendo.
Mobile website conversion
On the other hand, if you have already your website created, but it is only optimized for computers, you can adapt it to the mobile consumption.
There are too many software to convert it, but the most famous one is Google Mobile Optimizer. It is a free and easy tool which allows you to introduce the URL of your desktop website to obtain a simple mobile version of it, without headers or advertisements. The reason is reducing the size of the site in order to decrease the data consumption of our users and accelerating the loading speed.
There are other tools which allow you to convert your desktop website in a mobile one, but the features and possibilities are better than the ones proportionate by the Google tool. Here is a list with some tool that may help you: