Dear Lifehacker, I have a blog that I want to make more mobile-friendly and look better on mobile phones, but I don’t know anything about web development and don’t have the money to hire anyone. Is it possible to make my site mobile-friendly, or, better yet, can I make the blog into a downloadable app? Thanks in advance, Wanna-Go-Mobile BloggerDear Blogger,
As our culture continues its move to a more mobile lifestyle, more people are consuming the web on their phones, so making your blog more accessible to these users is a great idea. And there are several free or inexpensive tools you can use to do this.
Install plugins for your blogging platform that will turn it into a mobile-friendly blog
If you have a different type of blog, look for similar plugins or add-ons that can mobilise your site for you.
Get a mobile site from your domain name registrar
Create your own mobile app with the free Conduit Mobile web app
You can add your RSS, Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as YouTube videos, photos and custom content to the app. The wizard’s pretty easy to use and there are several customisation options. (The image at the top of this post is the Conduit Mobile interface.)
When you’re done, Conduit helps you publish your app on the major app marketplaces and you can promote it on the Conduit Network too. (Note: I haven’t tested the publish feature yet, but the site seems like an easy — and free — way to get your site into mobile form.)
Those are a few ways to mobilise your site without any web development or mobile programming knowledge. If you try one of these options out, let us know how it goes!