You’ve probably got a smartphone in your pocket right now. That smartphone is probably a model that thousands of people, or maybe even millions, are using right now to view pages on the Internet. It’s no secret that the mobile scene is expanding, meaning that more and more people will be using the Internet on their phones and tablets to view web pages that have long since been viewed on a traditional desktop.
What happens when people visit your site on a mobile phone? Is it conveniently displaying items within the confines of a 4-to-5-inch screen? Or do your visitors have to pinch their phones to zoom in on the microscopic text you present? Check your website. Ask yourself if that is convenient to visit. If not, we have work to do!
You can accommodate for mobile devices using a cunning technique: making two websites for two different devices. Hence, the mobile website will only show itself to mobile devices. The desktop website will do the same for devices that don’t identify as “mobile.” So, how do we do that?
Here are some things you can do to make the transition super simple:
- Use Shopify. The simplest way to showcase your products, sell them, and make magic with mobile devices is to use a store management system, like Shopify. Do this only if you’re willing to just scrap the site you have and start from scratch. Obviously, this isn’t an option for many people. It would be an ideal option if you didn’t have a site yet and wanted to make your first. Shopify will cost you a minimum of $14 a month. That price gives you a website with up to 25 products, 1 GB of storage, and a 2% transaction fee. Bandwidth on all plans is unlimited. Good alternatives to this are Storenvy (I’m not sure if they have mobile compatibility) and Vendio. Both of them compete well with Shopify and have very tasty pricing plans.
- Don’t want to give up your current site? Work with Zuznow. For a starting price of $35 a month, they’ll manage your site, optimize its pages, show you reports on mobile traffic, and make sure your visitors are happy! They use an “automatic smartphone website creator” which does all the work. After that, they work with you to settle in the new mobile platform. This elegant solution will automatically convert your site to mobile once a mobile user visits it. All you have to do is add a few lines of code to your site and you get a mobile platform!
- Got WordPress? Get a mobile theme plugin. If your business website is a blog, you can easily add mobile themes. There are a few plugins that will switch your site to its mobile theme when it detects a mobile device. WPTouch is a very popular one. Alternatives include Duda Mobile and MobilePress.
Now you have all the information you need to get yourself beamed up into the mobile web! Don’t forget to test your sites, after you’ve implemented everything, just to make sure that others are enjoying the viewing experience you’d expect.