I’ve included info for Blogspot, WordPress.com, and self-hosted WordPress. Keep reading to get started.
For Blogspot Blogs
Option A – Blogger Mobile Template
Free, easy, built into Blogger, can be boring or odd looking
In your Blogger Dashboard
- go to Settings
- then Email and Mobile
- click Yes for Mobile Template
Option B – Blogger Touch
Easy, free, generic looking but supports Adsense
Blogger Touch is a widget you enter into your sidebar. It creates a mobile version and automatically redirects traffic from iPhone, Android, and Opera Mini. Not sure how it deals with Blackberry.
Option C – Mofuse
Easy, pretty, low cost $3/month
Mofuse was a company that offered free mobile sites to blogs as well as pay professional mobile sites. They shut down their free division in June. But they have discounted their starter package to just $3/month (price of one Starbucks coffee). Go to mofusepremium.com and if you sign up with discount code three it should give you that rate. The Mofuse mobile site builder is easy to use and also gives you the ability to automatically redirect mobile traffic to the mobile site. You can also monetize/advertise as well. This is what most of the Twi-Mobile members have used. You can see my Twi-Mobile mofuse version at http://twimobile.prohost.mobi/
Take a look at Malicious Mandy’s Mind blog at http://maliciousmandy.prohost.mobi/
Option D – Mobify
Free, very pretty, flexible content, need to know CSS/HTML
If you absolutely want to do this the free route then try your hand at mobify.me. It is a mobile site builder that is very flexible and gives you a lot of content control. The catch? To make it really pretty you need to have a basic handle on CSS/HTML. It is really meant for web designers.
Take a look at Twilightish at http://twilightish.mobify.me/ to see what you get.
Option E – Google Reader
Free, basic generic, easy to use
Now this ain’t too pretty but it gets the job done.
All you do is add your post RSS feed URL into the text below. Then make a text link under your header or on your sidebar saying ‘Mobile Version’
http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/your RSS post feed URL
For example mine from my blogger blog (http://twilight-cupcake.blogspot.com/) would be http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/http://twilight-cupcake.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Click that link to see what you get. It ain’t too pretty but it’s easy to see from any mobile device.
For WordPress.com blogs
I think most of you should know by now that you have a mobile version of your site already. When readers are on mobiles visiting your site they automatically get redirected to it.
For self-hosted blogs WordPress
Hopefully you’ll have found a massive number of plugins available for you to choose from.
For a pretty good review of the plugins available and the differences between them check out this article at W3 Magazine.
Any questions? Email TwilightCupcake at twimobile(at)gmail(dot)com