Mobile websites with Webiny

Mobile websites with Webiny

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Managing a mobile website is not much different from managing a regular website. The only rule is that the content musn't be too wide for mobile displays, and that the navigation is adapted for mobile browsing.

Just last week one of our clients launched a mobile version of their existing website. Both, original and mobile websites are powered by Webiny CMS. Since one of requirements was to have mostly the same, but not identical content on both websites, the mobile website was introduced as a new (sub)domain into the system. This way managing the content is easier since each of the versions has its own content but they still share images, documents and other content available within the system.

Webiny as CMS for mobile websites

In case of our client a new theme was created specially suited for smartphones like iPhone or any Android powered device with HTML 5 compatible browser. In combination with CSS3 and a little bit of Javascript magic you can create wonders.  

With the right theme, using any Webiny product, like eCommerce or Booking System, you can easily distribute your offer to mobile platforms, expanding your clients reach and giving a better user experience to ones that open your website on their smartphone.  

Tips & resources

On Smashing Magazine there is one great article that covers the basics in designing a website for mobile phones: 
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/11/03/how-to-build-a-mobile-website/

 

Addition to that, here is one slideshow I've found that contains very useful tips and guidelines that you should keep in mind if you are designing a mobile website.

10 Comments

  • Hrvoje
    2 years ago
  • You don't support WP7, even it has decent mobile browser capabilities and supports css3 media queries!

  • Sven
    2 years ago
  • The support for WP7 is strictly defined by the theme. In my blog post I've only provided iPhone and Android as an example. Since WP7 uses IE 9, which supports HTML 5 and CSS 3 I don't see a reason why this shouldn't work.
    The presentation layer is strictly defined by your theme, so if you need to support text-based browsers, you just create a suited theme, and Webiny will render the content properly by your theme rules.

  • OtherOne
    2 years ago
  • So what? I don't understand why mobile version of site is worth posting about it? This features are being used for over 5,6 years in other systems... nothing special about it!!

  • Sven
    2 years ago
  • Hi OtherOne,

    The topic was intended to give info to a non-dev person that building a mobile website doesn't require some special CMS, instead any CMS will do (including Webiny), and that the theme is the key to a mobile website. I never said that it's something special, but rather something common. I don't think you should generalize the population of our blog, since there a a lot of marketers, designers, and non-tech people that find this kind of information very useful.

  • OtherOne
    1 year ago
  • So your business is aiming at people who don't know basics of web dev? And you needed 2 years of developing for that "goal" ...

    Where can we see some examples of big webs using webiny so we can see your benchmarks in "real life" and not just on paper?

    I have tried to find something in your "showcase" but there is nothing "big" ... so your benchmarks are only on paper or you have some big hidden site?

  • Sven
    1 year ago
  • Hi OtherOne,

    Yes we also aim people who don't know web development, like for example marketing agencies. They don't want to know how web development works, they just want a website, and we are here to help them.

    Currently one of our biggest client is the maritime connector website that features of over 50.000 registered members, you can find the site in our showcase. We are hoping to get even bigger websites in the future, but as you know you have to start from the bottom and move your way up.

    I believe that Goran already answered the third part of you question on another blog post.

    best,
    Sven

  • Chande
    1 year ago
  • Hi Other One,

    As Sven stated, we are aiming at 3 segments: designers who can use our integrated solution and focus on their design, marketing agencies that handle different clients and developers that will use the system to further develop modules based on the Webiny Framework (we are working to produce full documentation and we will release the development center later this year).

    As for your statement "you needed 2 years" I would like to point out that we already explained that in the blogpost - Webiny started as a small project while we were working in other companies (so we were not developing it full time) and we gathered the team to work full time only in the last year. We wanted to ensure the quality of the end product so we were not in the rush to produce "half working beta".

    As for the complexity, the Booking System alone has a massive set of features and integrated business processes (we were working in travel agency few years ago and we brought this know-how), so please be so kind to first check the system (I gave you the contact on the last comment) before making assumptions on the quality and complexity.

    We are here to give you and others the possibility to check the system and give constructive feedback as we really want to give our clients a good platform to build different projects.

    Best regards

    p.s. your critique has its place and we will "rewrite" few messages and try to explain even better what can be done with Webiny. We are aware that people may find our benchmark a bit non-trustworthy, so we will explain in different way. Again, we are not stating that we are "the best solution in the world" (as this is something that no one can say, it depends on the context of the business problem), but we believe that we have a "place under the sun" and that our clients can benefit from it.

  • OtherOne
    1 year ago
  • Marketing agencies... nice, my team is developing some tools for them (many agencies in this region),and I can guarantee that when you start communication with them... you will come to me :) and... I will give you a headache :)

    But also here is one better question...

    Lets say I buy your services for 3 years period and pay you over 60 000€ in those 3 years... and your company for xy reason gets closed... because of SaaS enviroment... my project which was in your hands dies with company...

    If i understood good... Also it's very funny that you are scared to show admin area to public... like you hiding something very bad developed.

    good luck! :)

  • OtherOne
    1 year ago
  • Also... it's very funny that you don't even have commenting on your blog with ajax.... so I have to wait for page refresh... this is surely not a "pro" way to do commenting features ...

  • Chande
    1 year ago
  • Hi Other One,

    To answer your questions:
    - We have enough experience with advertising agencies, so I believe that we will manage it ourselves

    - If we ever get out of the business (and I don't believe we will), we will provide the system and the data to end users

    - We are not scared to show the backend, we are using signup area to gather leads, if you give your details by signing up for the form, you will immediately get the login details on your email. But, as I can see, it is much easier to throw comments without testing the system right?

    Regards

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