An Inexpensive Option for a Mobile-Friendly Website: Dudamobile
You need a mobile-friendly website for your business. It’s a given. Some people think, “Oh, no one’s going to be looking for my website on their phone.” Well, a 2013 study shows differently (statistics taken from digitalbuzzblog.com):
- 91% of all people on earth have a mobile phone
- 56% of people own a smart phone
- 50% of mobile phone users, use mobile as their primary Internet source
- 80% of time on mobile is spent inside apps
- 72% of tablet owners purchase online from their tablets each week
That said, maybe you don’t have the budget to do a website overhaul and make your business website mobile-friendly. One alternative is to try an application that converts the site view to a mobile-friendly one for a low monthly fee. Here’s one (cue drum roll): Dudamobile. My own web guru, Tom Martin of ConsultYou.net, recommended this inexpensive online application as an option for me when I updated nhaile.com. He said after testing the various options out there (there being cyberverse), Dudamobile proved the most reliable and customizable, as well as fitting nearly any budget: the ad-free monthly cost is a mere $7.90 as of this post.
It’s an easy sign-up and you can even preview their “grab” of your existing site in just a few moments (note: only how your website looks on mobile devices changes, your actual website doesn’t). It also shows you how the final site will look on multiple devices, from iPhone to Android. If you want further customization of the look and feel to align with your colors and other branding elements, that’s available, too, and if you’re remotely tech savvy with some time on your hands, you can do it yourself. Of course, for a really professional mobile-ready look, have your graphic designer take a gander before going live. It’s always worth it to assure you’re putting your best image forward! I’m working on my mobile-friendly look right now and will ask my favorite graphic design collaborators Marina and Jennifer to let me know if it passes muster. It’s a fun exercise for me and has let me test the usability, too, so I could write about it here. If you have another option that you love, please share! Oh, and here’s the link for The State of Mobile 2013 infographic, just in case you need visual evidence to be convinced of its prevalence.