Make your web site mobile friendly

I’m reviewing some of the powerpoints from December’s Search Engine Strategies Conference, particularly the presentations on mobile web site design and marketing, which were excellent.

The session on Mobile Search Optimization, moderated by Danny Sullivan, was excellent. Someone took copious notes and posted them. Must have been a court reporter present.

One URL was given out that gives instructions on how to make your web site mobile friendly in just a few minutes.

I’m finding that I use my Blackberry web browser more and more frequently. I’m sitting at a desktop less and less for web browsing, and even more rarely for email.

Janice Roberts from Mayfield Fund (founded in 1969), a veteran VC firm from Silicon Valley, gave the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders lecture at Stanford last week. (You can get the podcast for free.) In her career, she worked at 3Com, bought more than 30 companies for them, was involved in acquiring Palm and taking it public, and has been at Mayfield for 6 1/2 years. In speaking of trends for the future in this lecture, she talked a lot about mobile devices and how many people (especially younger people) want anywhere access to everything.

If you haven’t thought about making your web site mobile friendly, you are falling behind the times.

If you have tried it, tell me what you think of the instructions from mikeindustries.com or how you approached the task.

Also, in your comment, give me the URL of your mobile-friendly site, so I can try it out on my Blackberry.

NONE of my portfolio sites are mobile friendly yet, including World Vital Records (where I am CEO), which is why I continue to lecture on this topic and blog about it.

8 Comments

  1. Paul,
    Visit Sonoff Consulting Services, Inc.’s (Scsi’s) Productivity and Knowledge Transfer (P&KT) Mobile Web Site at http://sonoffconsulting.mobi/ to examine and put through your testing regimen each of its “Perfect 10″ set of Mobile Web Best Practices that every aspiring-to-be World Class Level Web Site should seriously consider adopting and implementing.

    Additionally, you might visit http://sonoffconsulting.com/ for the comparable set of Web Best Practices that were developed prior to the arrival of the “dot Mobi” domain.

    For both domains — sonoffconsulting.mobi and sonoffconsulting.com — you should note Scsi’s adherence to W3C’s XHTML, CSS, and WCAG/WAI recommendations (stated as Scsi’s Best Practice #10) for every Web page.

    I’d appreciate your feedback and any additional comments you’d care to provide. Thank you for this opportunity to submit this commentary.

  2. I ‘went mobile’ a few months ago, when I got my own magical mobile device. I run movable type and installed a simple plugin to generate tomdalton.com/mobile. It took me all of 5 minutes to set up.

    It doesn’t have all the functionality of my main site, but since I mostly post things as reminders to myself, it works great for me to read my old posts on the road.

  3. Hi Mike

    Thought this service I’m working on might be of interest to you! Try out http://www.zinadoo.com it’s a web based tool that lets you create a mobile website in minutes, it’s also free and we host it for free too!
    We’d like to hear what you think!

  4. One way to easily mobilize a website is to filter it through googlepages.com or just create it on googlepages.com which detects a mobile browser and renders in WAP format.

    CJ

  5. Easymobilizer provides a simple solution to mobile detection. Copy & Paste a line of code into head of index file and if site is accessed by a mobile device, a mobile friendly version is auto displayed. If not a mobile device then normal website is delivered.

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