Site Building for Mobile Platforms
Mobile technology is increasingly becoming a part of our consumer culture as smartphones are becoming more and more advanced. According to the Nielson organization, 21% of all wireless subscribers in the U.S. now own smartphones. As the smartphone market grows, so does the audience of on-the-go consumers that businesses can reach. Companies are currently building business strategies that will allow people to access online content through smartphones such as iPhones and Blackberrys and now even tablets. One very popular concept is adapting websites to mobile sites for easy access and viewing via any phone.
Unlike a fully developed website, a mobile site is technically simpler in design and interface. Some would believe that because of this, mobile sites may lack the retention power of a normal multimedia website. However, a mobile site is basically another form of an online communication tool that presents content online and despite its limitations, mobile sites still run like a normal website with the typical website functions like navigation pages and file access.
A mobile site is not only a great way to provide information about your business, it can be used as a powerful marketing tool. Running campaigns via the mobile medium has several advantages. Primarily you will be able to reach a very targeted audience, particularly if you can persuade visitors to your mobile site to leave contact details. You can also attract specific groups of customers by optimizing your site for use on popular mobile phones. iPhones and Blackberrys are developed with well designed browser software that will allow your mobile site to display important elements of your business if they are designed right.
There are companies that will offer their mobile knowledge and skill in order to produce a site that will fit your goals. You will need to consider exactly what kind of features you will need from your mobile site and coordinate with the web designers in order to get the best results. If you are on a tight budget, there are programs that will allow you to produce your own mobile site. There are also books available for you study the more current mobile development process, one such book is Beginning Smartphone Web Development by Gail Frederick. Right now, CMS platforms such as WordPress have available themes that are compatible for mobile devices. This allows you to produce basic mobile web pages which can be conformed to your own specific functions and edited by you at any time.