True Mobile Site for Event Brings Great Interaction

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The Kentucky Woolfest was a great time and the true mobile site for the event proved to be a great success. The full site was used but we wanted a nice interactive mobile site for our client during the 3 day event. People could search craft vendors, food and check the times for the entertainment on the two stages.

Stats for the mobile site was 14,688 unique views and 29,366 page views overall.

While on the mobile site user could add to home-screen for a nice app icon and when launched users had a full screen for a mobile web app look and feel.

Both the Full and Mobile site were done with Divi.

www.kywoolfest.org

Responsive versus Mobile

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I am not going to bash responsive websites, I honestly feel responsive websites are one of the greatest features to hit the world wide web in a long time. That being said (yes a butt is coming) a true mobile site still is a big need for the success of a website. The only exception to this rule (maybe) is if you are a blogger and have your posts on your homepage.

Users want interaction when they visit a  website via mobile. I’ve been building and creating mobile sites for almost 9 years. (Well to clarify mobile sites back then were actually called WAP sites.) So over the past nine years I have captured analytics of how people use the features and what pages from their mobile device they visited based on the type of company or service you offer.

In the end, responsive design is supposed to offer a solution for all screen sizes. Unfortunately, all the desktop content loading onto a mobile device is not what end users want to see. Now with Divi you can choose to load only certain content based on the device accessing your site, but that still does not offer an easy to manage site nor does it have all the content built specifically for mobile.

Maybe we have entered an age that requires a new buzz word change. People used to need a WAP site, then a mobile site and now responsive is supposed to be the answer. Sadly responsive is not the answer.  So maybe we don’t call it a mobile site at all and just call this solution a mobile web app.

I lost a few mobile site customers that changed their full sites over to responsive and found the need for a true mobile site no longer existed. Well I am starting to get those clients back when their mobile site performance dropped way off with client interaction. When I switched them back to a mobile web app look…… the mobile device traffic returned.

I do build all our mobile solutions with Divi, but keep in mind that responsive although great, does not deliver a great solution for mobile device users.

Came across another great article on this subject that is a great read Here.

 

No Need for Mobile Redirect with Divi Theme

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A mobile redirect plugin is simpler to accomplish a true mobile solution but with the power of Divi you can get a mobile solution without using a plugin or a separate page at all.

A few steps are required but simple to do.

Step 1
Make your home page a blank template by setting the page attribute to blank page. The header logo and navigation will be missing, but you can add the a full width section for navigation and disable it on Phone.

Step 2.
Add a standard section under the the full width navigation and use the image module for your logo. This section can be placed below or above the navigation section. Hide this standard section on Phone.

Step 3.
Create a whole new section (Or get a layout from our store) that you want visible on any mobile device. Hide this section on Desktop and Tablets.

Step 4.
All the other sections disable them for Phone.

At the end of the day a mobile redirect plugin is simpler and offers less manipulation of your true homepage. Yes Google Mobile Friendly test will see and credit you for having a mobile site when using a mobile redirect. You can check out our mobile redirect post here.