How to create a cell phone website

Onbile, Web Design, Website templates

  • Helena
  • 20 Jun 2012
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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.

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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 involve. 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.
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    Mobile templates

    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.
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    Online web builder

    Probably the best option, online website builders like Onbile 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.


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    25 Comments

    1. web builder 20/06/2012 at 23:15:17 Responder

      Aren’t the templates Onbile provides as standardized as any others?

    2. Helena 20/06/2012 at 23:21:05 Responder

      Not really, Onbile offers a high degree of personalization, so that even though they’re templates, they don’t look like each other at all.

    3. Serendipity 29/06/2012 at 00:53:09 Responder

      Onbile templates are great! Very appealing, I really like them.

    4. roger_lee 29/06/2012 at 00:53:47 Responder

      I think they all llook a bit alike?

      • Helena 29/06/2012 at 00:55:36 Responder

        They are all mobile web templates, so there is bound to be similarities, but we provide a wide range of templates and a high level of personalization, so that no website looks like another.

    5. Andy 13/07/2012 at 14:40:44 Responder

      I`ve tested a lot of Apps and Mobile Site Builders out there. Maybe 20 or more and 80% of them are crap! Onbile is one of the best and flexible also stable online mobile site builders I`ve ever used. It is great!!! Thanks for this good tool and for the fantastic service. Kind regards from Germany.

      • Helena 06/11/2012 at 02:04:33 Responder

        We’re glad you like it, Andy. Thanks for your comment :)

    6. Raj Realop 06/11/2012 at 01:54:44 Responder

      I wish every company read this . It’s so frustrating to you try navigating a non mobile site on your cell phone.

      • Helena 11/12/2012 at 00:33:06 Responder

        I agree, Raj. Let’s hope they notice! :)

    7. TruePict 27/01/2013 at 14:16:49 Responder

      Couldn’t have explained it better meself

    8. Arjen Frank 08/03/2013 at 01:20:28 Responder

      This Onbile web buiolder thing sounds pretty good.

    9. Morna James 08/03/2013 at 02:59:24 Responder

      I’m all in for mobile websites.

    10. Richard 11/03/2013 at 00:21:29 Responder

      I think bulding a mkobile website through a template is a very good idea.

    11. Columba Denton 29/04/2013 at 02:15:37 Responder

      This is excellent.

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    13. kayxlash 06/06/2013 at 23:26:24 Responder

      plz can u help me build a mobile site?

    14. Jacob 01/08/2013 at 02:22:36 Responder

      Seems much more easier to create a cell phone website with Onbile, since you don’t need any programming knowledge. I took a look at your editor and it seems pretty easy to use.

    15. Imrich O. 16/08/2013 at 03:13:45 Responder

      Where can I download those mobile templates in your post?

    16. Everett L. 05/09/2013 at 07:48:21 Responder

      I think it’s easier building a website through a template.

    17. Cheryl V. 09/09/2013 at 07:50:10 Responder

      You editor seems like a much better option, since I don’t have any programming skills and my budget is very low.

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    19. Clarence R. 30/10/2013 at 03:14:08 Responder

      Yeah, I think Onbile fit my programming knowledges, which are equal to 0 :D

    20. samKNOWIS 30/05/2014 at 11:27:05 Responder

      Please how can i get through it?

      • Helena 02/06/2014 at 00:00:14 Responder

        Hi Sam, if you’d like to get started with Onbile to create your mobile website, just go to http://www.onbile.com/ and register with a user name and password so you can select your template and start creating fantastic websites!

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