Creating a Mobile App for Your Site

The days when everyone accessed the internet via a standard desktop system or even a laptop are long over with. Now people do most of their browsing and web surfing on the go via a tablet or a SmartPhone instead. That said, people’s standards are changing as far as what makes a good website.

Websites today need to be easy to access, navigate, view, and interact with via all of the hottest mobile devices. If yours isn’t, you can bet that your competitors are building sites that are and you could be losing valuable customers and readers as a result. Let’s take a closer look at some of your options when it comes to making your site mobile compatible at long last.

Install Plug-Ins to Make Your Site Mobile Friendly

If you’re not ready to create a full-fledged mobile app for your website, then you should at least consider optimizing your site so it’s easy to view and navigate via a mobile phone or tablet. If you have a site the runs an interface like WordPress, this can be easily and inexpensively be done by installing a special plug-in.

The plug-in automatically determines whether or not a given visitor is using a standard computer or a mobile device. In the event it’s a mobile device, the plug-in automatically generates a special mobile-friendly viewing experience for them. It’s also possible to obtain an inexpensive mobi domain from your domain name registrar. You can then hire a web professional to put the site together for you if you aren’t equipped to handle the process yourself.

Explore Readymade App Makers

Mobile-AppsWith mobile friendliness becoming such a huge concern for today’s bloggers and website owners, we’re seeing the development of a variety of out-of-the-box solutions designed with novice or inexperienced web developers in mind. These include web apps that automatically pull in content from your website or blog and convert it into mobile apps for use on all of today’s major platforms including iPhone and Android.

Such apps (like Conduit Mobile, to name just one example) make it a cinch to convert feeds from your RSS, Facebook page, YouTube page, and much more into a customized browse-friendly app that makes it simple for interested parties to digest your site on the go. Many of these tools will even help you get your app added to all of the major marketplaces. They’ll help you promote it as well.

Free or Cheap Online App Creation Tools

There are also a number of online app creation tools out there that walk beginners through the entire process of creating a mobile app for their site. Simply sign up and you get instant access to a variety of design applications that can help you match the design and feel of your site and/or brand. Options like this are especially good picks for people that might want more in an app than a simple aggregated content feed, as they provide beginning developers with the ability to add features, additional content and more as well.

Hire a Professional

If you have your heart set on something very specific, highly customized, or unusually complicated, then you might want to consider hiring a professional app developer to do the job after all. Professional app developers will have the programming and market knowledge necessary to make sure your app is functional, efficient, up-to-date, and streamlined in all the ways it needs to be for the benefit of your readers and visitors.

If you’re short on cash, consider interviewing talented freelance app design professionals for the job instead of shelling out the cash to hire a larger firm. Many of today’s freelance developers are just as skilled as the bigger guys, but they’re able to do the work for much less. Just make sure you take the time to check references, fully peruse portfolios, and thoroughly interview candidates to make sure they’re a fit before you commit to a hire.

At the end of the day, converting your website or blog into an easy-to-access, mobile-friendly experience is far from the impossible feat it may seem at first. All it takes is some smart decision making. Explore the options for yourself today!