In fact, it is possible!
If a site is built according to modern standards, it is possible to mechanically modify the site so that it automatically becomes a mobile site. But the outcome depends entirely on how the original site was previously coded. You have no control whatsoever over the outcome.
You can compare it to Google Translate - you get passable idea of what is said, but it is never correct. In short - this is not a good solution!
But how shall we handle it?
Some examples of what you have to consider are listed below.
Obviosly the first questions would be :
- Why should we have a mobile site ?
- Do we have any practical use of it?
If yes , there are quite a few more questions:Parts or all?
- What information should be accessible in the mobile site ? Is it important that each document can be viewed or downloaded ? Would it be important that all information is accessible ?
- Or is there any specific information to be handled by the mobile site? E g hours of operation for municipal facilities, basic data on contacts, phone numbers ? Or something else?
- Wil you involve information from all parts of the adminstrat ? Or do you start with some aspects ? Or certain parts ?
Which devices ?
Once you know what should be mobile , we have a bit more technical issues to discuss
- What mobile devices will you support ? Phones ? eReaders? what sizes ?
- What does this implicate from a technical point of view? Will you create 2-3 fixed sizes depending on the mobile device reading the information? Or will you make a "responsive design " on your primary web site ? Ie a design that adapts itself to the visitor ?
Who is going to be responsible? What designers will decide what it should look like? Who takes the internal responsibility of the mobile web site ? Who makes sure that it is kept up to date as the development progresses ?
As we see it the transition to a mobile site is as big a decision, as when you decide to create a completely new web. You can't do that without a strategy. Some of the questions are mentioned above, but there are many more - not least the issues of internal processes and responsibilities.
Our advice - get a "channel strategy"!
Our advice is simple and short : Take it easy !
Make a decision to acquire a channel strategy, ie a strategy on what different media channels will contain , from where information is retrieved , how the internal processes look like and who is responsible .
Then, maybe, it's time for a mobile site !Hillar Loor