Ryan dave and jody presentation slides and resource kit
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 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
The Good Website DeKalb Public Library Features:- Clickable links –phone number, etc.- Limited text on screen, readable - not toosmall- Important information front and center
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
How can you assess your mobile-readiness? mobiReady website – ready.mobi/ Evaluates a website’s mobile-readiness
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 yourmobile site
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
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
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/
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
Step # 4Petitions, Attractions, Donations, Information,Volunteer Opportunities, etc…be creative, but purposefulUtilize QR Codes Good Examples
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!
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.
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
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