MobStac B! is a hosted (and free) service that helps you setup a mobile site in roughly 5 minutes. Their service includes analytics and several customization options. It's probably not the place to go if you want your website featured in our gallery, but it's a nice little site that can get you up and running quickly.
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Monday April 5, 2010
Mobi10 is a hosted service that simplifies the process of creating a mobile-optimized website by providing some nice testing and WYSIWYG tools for customers. Pricing ranges from $10-20/month and it looks like their focus is on Apple, Blackberry, Android and Palm devices.
Wednesday July 22, 2009
Wapple is another premier mobile framework at the disposal of web developers these days. The great thing about frameworks is that you can be sure your mobile site works across thousands of devices, and device detection should be spot on. It's a great way to go if you are limited on time, budget or desire to do extensive mobile device/browser testing.
Wapple offers three public business packages, ranging from roughly $150 USD/month to roughly $1,400 USD/month. Free trials are available, and for developers they have a program that gives unlimited access to their API for free. So it's definitely on the high end of the price spectrum, but they have some serious technology to backup the price.
The 3 Wapple products are slightly confusing at first, because all of them are included with any package. Canvas is a GUI, which allows creation of a mobile website using simple drag-and-drop tools. Coders wanting control of their own HTML/CSS won't be disappointed either.
The other two products, Architect and Exhibit are what separates Wapple from other mobile frameworks. Architect allows developers to mobilize their current website or application using Wapple's proprietary, XML-based language, called WAPL.
The beauty of using WAPL markup is when it calls on the other product, Exhibit. Exhibit profiles the device by handset, hardware/firmware, browser, carrier and more to deliver your website content in a form that is truly optimized for the device, whether the output is WML, CHTML, XHTML or HTML. You create ONE site, and Exhibit optimizes it for every available device with the most advanced profiling available. It eliminates the need for extensive testing across various mobile handsets and browsers.
While Wapple is more expensive than it's counterparts Mobify and MoFuse, their advanced tools give developers great control over the user experience, with minimal time invested. I'd like to see SSL security available as an option for all accounts, and MANY more page impressions included with an account. Paying $150/month for only 500 page views per day won't cut it for most websites or applications. All that aside, it is a really well-done platform that is certainly worth a look.
Friday May 29, 2009
Mobify is another fantastic platform available to website creators that does most of the heavy lifting if you want a quality mobile experience for your users. Thanks to mobile platforms like this one (others listed here), gone are the days when you have to hire a mobile expert or web developer to have a mobile site that works across various platforms.
What differentiates it from platforms like MoFuse (reviewed last week) is flexibility with regards to the design and layout. Although Mobify is hosted, it gives you complete control over the mobile stylesheets. Combine the style control with an extremely helpful interface that makes it painfully simple to select what elements you want as part of the mobile site, and you can see why major websites are taking notice and using this platform. Among them are A List Apart, McDonald's and Spin Magazine, among others.
Like most other players in this space, they have a basic free account, and I believe monthly pricing as well. I would expand on the pricing, but it was surprisingly nowhere available on the website. For an introduction to the platform, check out this video:
Thursday May 21, 2009
MoFuse is a mobile platform that pretty much anyone can use to create a mobile version of their website. Actually, it took about 15 minutes to create one for our site until we have the opportunity to do it up right. They have a really nice dashboard where you can setup design details, add pages, view analytics and more. Blogs with up to 2 feeds/pages are free, and their premium subscription ranges from $39/month to $199/month.
If you want unlimited control and customizations for your mobile site, this is not the platform for you. However, if you want something simple, easy to create and instantly compatible with 4,500+ devices, MoFuse is for you. For more, check out the tour, or create a free site here.