No mobile site? No more excuses!

[Editor’s note: This is a sponsored post for Wix Mobile]

Considering the growth of the mobile web, not having a mobile accessible version of your website is akin to ignoring a huge segment of the internet population.

With more than 77 percent of the world’s population using mobile phones, and more than half a billion people accessing the web over 3G or faster connections, many of whom are mobile-only users (they rarely ever use a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer to access the web), ignoring this access point can severely limit your traffic and the success of your website.

While some mobile devices can handle websites aimed at desktop users, other phones don’t work as well. Smaller screens can become a nightmare with tightly-packed links or content that doesn’t adapt. This is why a mobile website can be a great option, rather than expecting mobile users to access your full website.

To make this entire process easier, Wix has recently come out with a freemium mobile site creator. Supported devices include iOS devices (iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone), Android and Blackberry (version 6 or higher). With the free version, you get a Wix.com URL and basic features. Premium versions offer more options, along with premium support.

The Mobile Ads Free Package ($4.08/month if you prepay for the year, or $4.95 monthly) offers an ad-free site with click-to-call and click-to-text functions, as well as mobile maps and directions. The Mobile Domain Package ($4.92/month if prepaid for the year, otherwise $5.95 monthly) offers you the ability to connect your WixMobile site to your own domain name, includes auto-redirect, click-to-call and click-to-text functions, and the same mobile maps and directions in the previous package.

There’s also a Combo Package ($8.25/month if prepaid yearly, otherwise $9.90 monthly) that includes the features of both the Mobile Ads Free and Mobile Domain packages, as well as more storage and bandwidth, and a free domain name. The Mobile Unlimited Package ($12.42/month if prepaid yearly, or $14.90 monthly) includes all of the previous features, plus unlimited bandwidth. It’s a good option for sites with a lot of traffic.

Creating a mobile site with their app couldn’t get much easier. You just choose a template, then a category for the type of site you want to create. From there you’re given options for the content you want on your site, including links to call, text message, or email directly from the website (call and text message functions are only available in the premium versions). The call function is especially handy for many mobile users.

WixMobile makes it incredibly simple to get your mobile site up and running in a matter of minutes. Their templates are versatile, with design styles that can fit virtually any type of website. They’re constantly working on getting new templates out to users, as well as other mobile features.

There’s a thorough support section on their website if you run into any problems, including info about setting up your WixMobile site, upgrading, connecting your mobile site to your domain, and more. If you’re creating a mobile site, it’s definitely worth checking out WixMobile, since it makes it so easy to get a mobile site up and running in minutes.

 

[Disclaimer: This post is a sponsored post for Wix Mobile. The opinions expressed in the article are the author’s only.]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P3RZXQ5HJYY4RIW2BCPBLITGQY Evert Van dansen

    When you claim “facts” like number of users on the net without desktop, etc. one should always link to original studies and test-results that can be used to verify such claims. Not just that, but the assumption that *every* website should have a mobile version is a gross simplification of UX.
    Please consider that sponsored posts like these seriously cloud design and development from an educational point of view.

  • Brol

    Strange that the WixMobile website is fully build in Flash…

  • Gary Hicks

    I would prefer to use a template from the liked of ThemeForest and not be tied into something like Wix; especially as some of the templates there [on ThemeForest] are WordPress-driven.

  • Anonymous

    so wait. wix offers one template? that’s a pretty good excuse not to go mobile. (with wix anyway)

  • http://www.testshoot.com/ TestShoot

    Who says you “have to” have a mobile version?

    • http://twitter.com/cameron_chapman Cameron Chapman

      I would say you pretty much have to have a mobile-accessible version of your website. Whether that’s done with a mobile-only site, a responsive design, or some other way, it’s important, and it’s only going to get more so. Not everyone can afford to (or wants to) redesign their website so that it’s responsive, so mobile-only versions can still be very useful for some.

      • http://www.testshoot.com/ TestShoot

        Still a farce, not everyone needs, wants, or can make their site useful in a mobile platform. I won’t kill myself making sites in to a mobile versions when the conversion is not worth the investment. Most of my clients are massive, people like the NFL for example, and for a good portion of them, they find very low traffic and often times, non-existent sales conversions. I watched a million dollar operation net less than one thousand dollars in two years. People were not even going to the mobile site, but at least it made my Porsche payments.

  • http://twitter.com/cameron_chapman Cameron Chapman

    That’s not what was said. What was said is that 77% of the world’s population now uses mobile devices, and also that half a billion people use 3G to access the web. Two separate statistics.

  • http://twitter.com/cameron_chapman Cameron Chapman

    You make a good point about most 3G users likely having access to a desktop, but if I happen to come across your site while looking for something on my phone, and your site doesn’t work properly on said phone, I’m not going to wait until I get home to check out your site. I’ll just move on to a site that does work properly on my phone. And I didn’t say it was a *key* to success, just that it could *limit* your success if you don’t have one.

  • http://twitter.com/boinzy Daniel Burns

    Damn it. Why is Smashing Mag linking me to this crap.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WT3SLNBVP3VCBQPYS4BXNDPZEU pfreelancers

    http://circlemobi.com/
    A good mobile website creator should have the following:
    Social Medias
    Google Map
    HTML and JavaScript, JAVA and PHP capable (for opt-in,  contact forms, registration forms, videos, memberships and more)

  • http://www.inkatechnology.co.uk Inkatechnology

    If you need more
    visitors try to make more friends in social networking I am not much
    addicted to mobile browsers.As presently mobile browsers are increasing
    because of internet price is going down here.Twitter is the best method
    to get traffic from mobile browsers

  • http://tinyurl.com/mobile-moneyyo Jenna Swanson

    text a mobile. Very good article.