Skip to main content

Onbile - Create a mobile version of your website for free

In early 2009 we looked at some of the options we had for creating mobile version of a website. Back then we had quite a few different and good players operating.  They still do, but their terms have changed: Mofuse has closed the doors to free seekers, Swift is no longer accepting new signups and Wirenode started pushing ads to free accounts. Some odd new services that sprang up during the past few months aren’t even worth mentioning.

Recently a new service called Onbile was launched. They accept free sign ups and they allow hosting of mobile sites at your own domain.

Users get a selection of templates to choose from, all of which are further customizable. You can change color of background, fonts and upload your own logo or site header. Certain templates have different choice of icons available.

onbile-template1 onbile-template2 onbile-template3

If your site is a blog and you want to publish content to your mobile site automatically from an RSS feed, you have to go with a templates that support RSS feeds. Disappointingly, there are only two templates that support RSS feed. Both designs are nice and clean though.

If you want to create a mobile site having static pages, you can do that too.

onbile-mobilesite1  onbile-mobilesite2

After you are done designing your site you will be given a snippet of JavaScript that you have to insert into the <head> section of your web site. When your site is opened in a mobile device, the code automatically detects the mobile browser user agent and directs the visitor to your mobile site. You don’t even need to have a different domain for your mobile site.

However, things might not always proceed as expected. On my test, some conflicting JavaScript codes running on the site prevented the mobile site from rendering properly on the mobile. If you face similar problems, your next best option is to host the JavaScript code in the index page on a different domain or sub domain for the mobile site.

Because the mobile site has to hosted by you, you can probably add your own visitors trackers to it, although I have neither tested this nor verified with the developers.

Onbile is an actually good service.


Popular posts from this blog

How to Record CPU and Memory Usage Over Time in Windows?

Whenever the computer is lagging or some application is taking too long to respond, we usually fire up task manager and look under the Performance tab or under Processes to check on processor utilization or the amount of free memory available. The task manager is ideal for real-time analysis of CPU and memory utilization. It even displays a short history of CPU utilization in the form of a graph. You get a small time-window, about 30 seconds or so, depending on how large the viewing area is.

Diagram 101: Different Types of Diagrams and When To Use Them

Diagrams are a great way to visualize information and convey meaning. The problem is that there’s too many different types of diagrams, so it can be hard to know which ones you should use in any given situation. To help you out, we’ve created this diagram that lays out the 7 most common types of diagrams and when they’re best used:

How to Schedule Changes to Your Facebook Page Cover Photo

Facebook’s current layout, the so called Timeline, features a prominent, large cover photo that some people are using in a lot of different creative ways. Timeline is also available for Facebook Pages that people can use to promote their website or business or event. Although you can change the cover photo as often as you like, it’s meant to be static – something which you design and leave it for at least a few weeks or months like a redesigned website. However, there are times when you may want to change the cover photo frequently and periodically to match event dates or some special promotion that you are running or plan to run. So, here is how you can do that.