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Creating a Mobile Web Site April 17, 2010

Filed under: Mobile Web Site,Teaching with Technology — Christine Mark @ 8:13 pm
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I created a mobile web Site as an assignment for my class IT 780 at The University of Southern Mississippi.  According to Wikipedia a mobile web site refers to using a mobile phone handset device incorporating a web browser to access the World Wide Web.   As one can tell by looking around the number of mobile device users has increased tremendously during the last few years.  As a result more and more users are demanding that content be able to viewed and listened to on their mobile devices as well as being able to use their mobile devices to perform many of the tasks they can perform on their desktop or laptop computer.  

I created my mobile web site using Mobi Site Galore.  This is a free Web 2.0 tool for mobile web site design.  A user of this service does not need to know how to use HTML code, Dreamweaver or any other web authoring software.  It is quite easy and intuitive.  I designed my mobile web site to complement my main website for a class I am teaching, Introduction to Management.  I created the areas of content and included text and links back to my main website.  Once I had entered all the content, I published the website.  An option is given as to where the user would like the site to be hosted.  I choose to have Mobi Site Galore host my mobile web site as it is easy and free.    Here is the link to my mobile web site:

 http://www.mgt300rev.param.mobi/ 

I think this is very helpful especially if podcasts are used as part of a class.  This would allow students to access the podcasts and listen to them anytime and anywhere on their mobile devices.  However, there are some constraints when it comes to delivering content on a mobile device.  According to Wikipedia some of the constraints are; small screen size, lack of windows, navigation, lack of JavaScript and cookies, types of pages, speed, cost and broken pages. Another disadvantage as I see it is that while a large percentage of users have mobile devices, not all students have internet-enabled devices with enough bandwidth and battery power to download and view content.

Due to these constraints I do not think mobile web sites will ever replace the full-scale web site versions or the regular content users receive and view on their desktop or laptop computer.