VI: Mobile Web Conversion Services
Websites looking for simpler way to establish a mobile web presence may consider mobilization services. These services automatically create a mobile version of a site by removing elements that commonly cause problems on mobile browsers. Some have had success using mobilization services to quickly launch a mobile optimized site. Legal technology commentator Dennis Kennedy recommended mobilization services in his ABA Journal column. Kennedy cites his own success converting his blog with MoFuse.com:
MoFuse.com gets a lot of mentions in this area, and my experience was great. You sign up for an account (one for blogs, and a premium one with extra features for businesses), enter information about your site, click a button or two and you have a mobile version.
Mobilization services are an attractive option for programs without a large budget or available web developer. These services can cost significantly less than hiring a developer and do not require much technical technology to be used effectively. That being said, there are some drawbacks.
Many mobilizations sites charge a service fee, usually monthly, for hosting and maintaining sites. In addition, mobilization usually works best for less complex sites or blogs. Managers of more robust sites may find the lack of customization frustrating.
Besides MoFuse, there are several other mobilization services available. Mashable.com lists some in its Guide to Mobile Web Design Tips and Tricks. Since the mobilization field is rapidly growing and changing, programs should be sure to research available options and find a solution that is best for their site.
Additionally, several organizations are currently working on creating a template for both the LawHelp and DLAW CMS that should be available for legal aid organzations around the country starting in 2012.