Making Smart Phones Smarter
THE GOOD AND THEBAD:A COMPARISON OFNONPROFIT MOBILE-READY WEBSITES
What is “mobile-ready” and why shouldwe care? Mobile ready = easy to use on mobile devices Users aren’t looking for a lo...
The Good Website DeKalb Public Library Features:- Clickable links –phone number, etc.- Limited text on screen, readable ...
The Bad Website Decatur Area Arts Council- Very good website on PC Features- A lot of text, a lot of pictures- Entire pa...
How can you assess your mobile-readiness? mobiReady website – ready.mobi/ Evaluates a website’s mobile-readiness
MAKING YOUR WEBSITEMOBILE READY
Rule #1Q: When thinking about: Cost SimplicityAnswer: It’s all up to you!
Other Factors Your current site and its platform HTML and Coding WordPress (has plugins available!) Who will be using ...
Option 1: High Cost – Simple Hire someone to do it for you! Web developer or Coder Freelance Elance.com Freelance.com...
Option 2: Low Cost- Not Simple Do It Yourself Using you or your web developer’sskills/knowledge Figuring out how to cod...
Option 3: Low Cost – Pretty Simple Web services Easy to use Attractive Fairly Cheap, if not free Some catches Some l...
Final Tips Google is your friend See if someone will volunteer their time to helpwith this From a fancy setup to simply...
NOT YOUR MOTHER’SBARCODE;QR Codes
What They Are, QR (Quick Response) Codes 2-Dimensional Barcode Scanned using Smartphonecameras Bridge between the phys...
5 Steps to QR Success; Use QR Codes your self Asses the needs of yourorganization Generate your own Creatively utilize...
Step # 1 Download Scan What Works? WhatDoesn’t?Use ThemYourself
Step # 2 Assess the Needs of you OrganizationMoney?Volunteers?Information?Events?QR Codes canhelp!
Step # 3Generate Your OwnQR Codes (for free)!
Step # 4Petitions, Attractions, Donations, Information,Volunteer Opportunities, etc…be creative, but purposefulUtilize QR ...
Step # 5 Provide Alternatives Slightly less than half of cellphone users in the USuse smartphones, that mean’s slightly ...
Resource Kit Dave http://www.dudamobile.com/ A quick and easy site that shows any site you type in as a mobile-ready si...
Resource Kit Ryan mobiReady – website that analyzes the mobile readinessof your website ready.mobi/ Build Mobile: Webs...
Resource Kit Jody http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/ How to download and use QR Code scanners http://qrc...
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  1. 1. Making Smart Phones Smarter
  2. 2. THE GOOD AND THEBAD:A COMPARISON OFNONPROFIT MOBILE-READY WEBSITES
  3. 3. What is “mobile-ready” and why shouldwe care? Mobile ready = easy to use on mobile devices Users aren’t looking for a lot.- Location- Phone number- Hours of Operation- An About pageEstimate: 1.82 billion phones with web browsing compared to1.78 billion PCs by this year
  4. 4. The Good Website DeKalb Public Library Features:- Clickable links –phone number, etc.- Limited text on screen, readable - not toosmall- Important information front and center
  5. 5. The Bad Website Decatur Area Arts Council- Very good website on PC Features- A lot of text, a lot of pictures- Entire page not visible- Pages loading- Not user friendly
  6. 6. How can you assess your mobile-readiness? mobiReady website – ready.mobi/ Evaluates a website’s mobile-readiness
  7. 7. MAKING YOUR WEBSITEMOBILE READY
  8. 8. Rule #1Q: When thinking about: Cost SimplicityAnswer: It’s all up to you!
  9. 9. Other Factors Your current site and its platform HTML and Coding WordPress (has plugins available!) Who will be using yourmobile site
  10. 10. Option 1: High Cost – Simple Hire someone to do it for you! Web developer or Coder Freelance Elance.com Freelance.com Cost? It’s up there.In the thousands,generally. May get cheaper! With time/advances
  11. 11. Option 2: Low Cost- Not Simple Do It Yourself Using you or your web developer’sskills/knowledge Figuring out how to code and make a site mobile-accessible for a variety of platforms
  12. 12. Option 3: Low Cost – Pretty Simple Web services Easy to use Attractive Fairly Cheap, if not free Some catches Some limitations Some examples: GinWiz.com DudaMobile.com Let’s try it: http://www.dudamobile.com/
  13. 13. Final Tips Google is your friend See if someone will volunteer their time to helpwith this From a fancy setup to simply helping use a webservice
  14. 14. NOT YOUR MOTHER’SBARCODE;QR Codes
  15. 15. What They Are, QR (Quick Response) Codes 2-Dimensional Barcode Scanned using Smartphonecameras Bridge between the physical& the digital world& Why YouShouldCare
  16. 16. 5 Steps to QR Success; Use QR Codes your self Asses the needs of yourorganization Generate your own Creatively utilize QR Codes Provide Alternatives
  17. 17. Step # 1 Download Scan What Works? WhatDoesn’t?Use ThemYourself
  18. 18. Step # 2 Assess the Needs of you OrganizationMoney?Volunteers?Information?Events?QR Codes canhelp!
  19. 19. Step # 3Generate Your OwnQR Codes (for free)!
  20. 20. Step # 4Petitions, Attractions, Donations, Information,Volunteer Opportunities, etc…be creative, but purposefulUtilize QR Codes Good Examples
  21. 21. Step # 5 Provide Alternatives Slightly less than half of cellphone users in the USuse smartphones, that mean’s slightly over halfdon’t… Remember to remain accessible to people allpeople on the tech spectrum. Along with QR Codes, it’s a good idea to provideweb addresses as well.don’t be afraid to try new things!
  22. 22. Resource Kit Dave http://www.dudamobile.com/ A quick and easy site that shows any site you type in as a mobile-ready site. Youcan also sign up in order to code this site into yours so that people who visit ontheir phone will see the DudaMobile version. Paying a monthly fee gives moreaccessibility and removes adds that are put onto the sites of the free version. http://ginwiz.com/ Just like DudaMobile! Different pricing options and designs http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/mobile-website For WordPress users: this link will show the variety of plugins that can be used tomake your WordPress site mobile. http://www.simplewebsitetutorials.com/981/how-to-make-a-mobile-website/ A simple go-to guide with some of the same tips as this presentation and how togo about deciding your strategy. http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/tutorials/mobile-version-website/ This site gives a more technical how-to description of the aspects of web-buildingdescribed in the previous resource.
  23. 23. Resource Kit Ryan mobiReady – website that analyzes the mobile readinessof your website ready.mobi/ Build Mobile: Websites and Apps for Smart devicesby Earle Castledine, Mylos Eftos, and Max Vheeler DeKalb Public Library – example of good mobile-readywebsite www.dkpl.org Decatur Area Arts Council - example of bad mobile-readywebsite www.decaturarts.org/ PremiumWebsites – Defines “mobile-ready” and givesqualities of mobile-ready sites www.premium websites.net
  24. 24. Resource Kit Jody http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/ How to download and use QR Code scanners http://qrcode.kaywa.com/dashboard/ Generate QR Codes for free http://www.qrstuff.com/ Generate QR Codes for free http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/10818-10-examples-of-qr-code-madness 10 ways to NEVER use QR Codes http://smartblogs.com/social-media/2013/01/03/top-30-qr-code-uses/ 30 examples of good QR Code use
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