Online marketing can be tiring! That’s where UpCity comes in. As a trusted advocate for small businesses, we’re here to navigate you through the piles of confusing and suspicious offers. UpCity will lead you in the right direction by providing easy insights and simple solutions for your business marketing plan. Members receive an in-depth, personalized action plan to help optimize their site, and our team is here to help you along the way. Each week, we’re featuring a comprehensive look at one of the recommended tasks built into the UpCity software.
Background on Creating a Mobile Website
Most websites are built to be seen through a computer monitor and thus the website design works well for its visitors. Unfortunately, with the tremendous growth of smartphone use, more and more people are looking at the web through their mobile phones. In many cases, business website usability is diminished for mobile users. Thankfully, you too can transform your site from an ill-formatted experience to a mobile-optimized one.
Introducing, DudaMobile! DudaMobile is an award-winning DIY service for building mobile websites. It currently has more than five million mobile websites created on its platform with users creating an additional 100,000 websites per month. The platform offers both a simple and affordable way to create a site that works across several platforms. This guarantees customers a seamless experience when navigating your site.
There are two options you can choose for the mobile site service:
- Basic Plan: In this plan, you get a single website (up to 10 pages and including advertisements), a DudaMobile domain, and community support. This is a better option if you’re simply looking to test out the software.
- Premium Plan: The Premium version is more popular with small businesses. You get the option to use unlimited mobile pages and tech support, ad-free configuration, and your own custom domain. You can either pay $7.20 per month if you choose an annual plan, or $9 per month if you decide on a monthly subscription.
This guide gives you a broad overview of the tools and capabilities of Duda so you can get started right away. Let’s get to it!
How to Setup Your Mobile Site
Step 1. Start at Dudamobile.com.
Step 2. Go to the bottom left-hand side, and click “Go Mobile.”
Step 3. Next, enter your site for a free preview of what it will look like mobile-optimized.
Step 4. At this point, you’ll be taken to Duda’s site editor, allowing you to tinker with a variety of editing tools to ensure that your mobile website exceeds your standards. In the “Design” tab, you can augment the color scheme, text formatting, and header of the entire site.
Once you finish, click “Next.”
Step 5. Once complete, navigate to the “Pages” tab. Here you can drag and drop business, design, and social aspects to your web page such as “Click-to-Call” and “Mobile Maps.” Additionally, you can hide navigation page links from view. Again, once complete, hit “Next.”
Step 6. You can now publish your site to go live in this section. You’ll be asked to choose your plan from here and click “Continue.”
Step 7. Enter your Email Address and Account Password to save your site. Click “Create My Account” to continue.
Step 8. When you create your account, you’ll be redirected to your Dashboard. In order to set up your mobile site redirect, click “Need to Redirect.”
Step 9. You’ll now be able to verify your site redirect for mobile visitors. Congratulations on your new mobile website!
Best Practices for Mobile Websites
– Use a lot of imagery. On mobile devices, images attract much more than text.
– If you’re a local business, include the click-to-call and map functions on your site.
– Check out Duda’s Support Page for more information.
UpCity members, please follow the pathway to complete this task in your UpCity account: Optimize Your Presence > Expand Your Presence > Mobile 201: Go Mobile!