Mobile users are said to account for more than 10% of internet’s daily traffic, and that figure is always on the rise these days thanks to the growing popularity of smartphones. When you look at the number of people who prefer browsing the web from their phones, the ratio of mobile-optimized sites appears woefully inadequate in comparison. Even some popular websites don’t have a mobile version, simply because of all the effort and time required to develop one. If you are running a small business, then chances are that you have a website but it is not optimized for mobile viewing. M.dot is a new iPhone app that lets you easily develop mobile websites or mobile-optimized versions of existing websites on the go, without any knowledge of web development whatsoever. Just enter all your information, select a template, and that’s it! The app isn’t just limited to the cosmetic aspect of site design, with options available for adding social media share buttons, a respectable photo editor for uploaded images, and a comprehensive word editor that can be used to create new posts for the blog section of your site, all packed into a great interface. It may very well be the best app of its kind on the App Store.
To get started, you can either sign up for a new account or get right to creating websites with a test account. You can later convert this test account into a permanent one. Creating a mobile site is as easy as following the app’s onscreen instructions and filling out the required fields. The first step is to choose a theme for your site. There are seven themes available for now, but they should prove to be enough to cater to the needs of most individuals and small businesses. Once you’re done choosing a theme, M.dot then asks you to enter your website’s name (or domain name) and set a logo for it.
M.dot initially lets you set your site up with a free sitename.mpresence.net domain name, but later on, you get the option to switch to a custom web address that you already own. That is, you can link your existing website with an m.sitename.com address that redirects mobile visitors to your M.dot site, effectively turning it into a mobile-optimized version of your original site. You can even set the original web address to redirect to the mobile website. This feature is free at the moment. Pricing will be sent to account holders via email later on.
The photo that you want to use as the logo can be captured using the camera, uploaded from your device’s local library, Flickr or from your existing website.
The Edit and customize screen in M.dot has a few predefined pages that will appear as separate sections of your website. You can manually add new pages, of course, but for a basic site, you might not need to. To make the website your own, visit each listed option and enter details in as many fields as you can. Sections like About Me, Gallery and Blog can be created and managed from here. There is a small toggle next to every icon to let you specify whether you want that field to appear on the site. To make changes to fields, hit the large icon next to the toggle.
Every area of the M.dot customization menu is slightly different from the others, depending upon its functionality. The Blog option brings up a text editor, while in Gallery, you can upload whole albums to your site. The About and About Me sections are where you can write introductions for yourself and your business or website.
To add a new blog post to a site from your iPhone, tap the thumbnail once and select New blog post. There is a separate menu for handling existing posts, while the rather simple Statistics menu shows the page views for your site in the past week and month.
To create another mobile website or make changes to the sites already developed using the app, simply return to the app’s homescreen.
Other than the text editor not supporting auto-capitalization, you will be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the app. So, if you’ve been thinking about making a mobile-friendly version of your website for a long time, but haven’t been able to find the time to learn how to go about it, head to link below and grab theapp.