A recent change in job function meant that for myself, promoting the mobile internet had become no longer an oddball interest, but a full time occupation. In the time-honored tradition of “practicing what you preach,” I decided a mobile version of this blog was in order, but thought I would need to go through the trouble of setting up a full version of WordPress and hunt down a mobile-friendly theme that rendered in plain xHTML to do so.
It turns out there’s no need to go to all that trouble, as I just stumbled on a quick and dirty method.
Kaiwa, that Swiss company I recently wrote up who provides free QR Code and Data Matrix readers, has a site up called Feed2Mobile that can turn any site into a mobile-friendly site, and it even provides a QR Code that allows you to enter this into your mobile browser without typing in the lengthy URL (after which you can bookmark the site).
You can also paste the code on your blog so other readers with code readers can access your mobile site as well.
Here’s a step-by-step procedure:
- Go to http://feed2mobile.kaywa.com
- Enter your site’s URL.
- Test the site by scanning the code with your phone using one of the many code readers out there.
- View your mobile-ized site on your mobile browser.
- Bookmark the site and send the link to your friends via SMS.
- Drink beer and celebrate.
Ayus. If there’s a shorter and easier method, I’d like to hear about it.
One caveat – Feed2Mobile doesn’t actually convert all content in your site to mobile format. Essentially it’s an RSS reader (hence the name), so it works best on sites like blogs, where most content is available as an RSS feed. It’s good enough for most blogs though.
If you don’t have a QR reader, you can visit my mobile site by typing this URL on your mobile browser: http://decode.kaywa.com/202185820
In the meantime, here’s a short list of sites you can download QR readers from: