How can I make my website mobile friendly?

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Is there a way to make my website mobile friendly on smart phones?
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Posted 7 years ago

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Hi,

Here are instructions to get a mobile website.

  1. Click Websites Manager in the left navigation menu.
  2. On the right side of the screen, click Get Started next to the icon of the phone.




  3. Follow the steps which include customizing the look and feel of your website for a mobile device.


Hope that helps!

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Why would I not have the "Get Started" icon on the right side of my screen?
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Hi William,

Great Question! I'm not sure why you're not seeing it. I took a quick look at your account and you should see it. I'll have to get back to you tomorrow on this one since it's after hours and I'll need to check with our product team to see why we can't see it for you.

Thanks!
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I do have an update! Sorry for the delay. There are known issues seeing that Get Started icon in Internet Explorer 8. If you log in to your account using Chrome or Firefox, you should see the Get Started icon.

Hope that helps!
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I do not have the mobile feature to make a mobile web site on my account.
tried the firefox and google chrome
josee
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Hi Josee! Welcome to the community. You must have a domain associated with your account to get a mobile website. On the package you're currently on, you will either need to point a domain from another provider or add on to your current package. Hope that helps!
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I too don't have the mobile feature to make a mobile web site on my account. You mentioned you must have a domain associated with the a/c which I do. So why can't I see the mobile Get started on icon?
Elayne
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me too,,,
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I also have the same issue
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PJ3213

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This link is available to me, but users beware, it takes you to a 3rd party developer that wants to put ads and its own banner on your mobile site or you have to pay more! We are already paying homestead, it is time homestead integrated this software into sitebuilder.
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Why do I have to pay extra for a mobile site?? I pay 49.95 already for everything. Dont you think that's enough? I even tried the mobile thing and it screwed everything up.
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HOMESTEAD PLEASE EXPLAIN - I and several other people above are not having the mobile icon displayed in site manager - and we each have our own domain names pointed to our homestead sites. Can you be clear please - are you actually only making this available to people who are paying for hosting/domain reg/email through yourselves? If not, why cant we see the mobile icon when we have our own domains pointed to your our homestead sites???
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Why has homestead not gotten with the times and made mobile sites streamlined into their platform? I am now shopping elsewhere for a new all in one provider. Anyone else finding anything good? Thanks...
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Ditto "Joel4679" every other web developer/host offers this as free one click service.
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I keep thinking Homestead just has to catch up with the times, there is no way they will survive if they don't go mobile, so I'm still here, but they don't even respond. I just dread having to redo my website elsewhere, but obviously it is time because so many of my customer hits are mobile.
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I made the mistake of following Homestead directions. This mobile version is third party, place ads on your site (unless you pay), completely screwed up my pages, making it unusable and seem to offer no way to cancel the account. This bait and switch job reflects poorly on Homestead.
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Hi Chris4530,

Thank you for the feedback - If you're still using the mobile site and are having issues with it, I'd suggest contacting DudaMobile, they'll be able to assist with any issues you're running it to.

Thanks!

Ehsan
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What a joke. Yet another way homestead is trying to rip us off. Offering a 3rd party site to do mobile that charges per month.
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Mobile Website (false advertisement)
I am a long time customer of Homestead and have several accounts and I expected if Homestead advertises that the Mobile website is free it should be free, but it is not. If clicking on the link you get forwarded to Duda, then you have to edit a lot on the Mobile website (the customer service is terrible) and in the end when you're ready to publish your site you'll find out that there are restrictions or you have to pay $ 9.- per month. Homestead should let you know in the beginning that you have to pay and don't advertise it for free. I don't think Homestead needs to get into false advertisement.
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Hi Chris2339,

I've responded to your other post as well - We will work with DudaMobile to improve the messaging about the free version versus the paid one to avoid any confusion in the future.

Thank you,
Ehsan
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That's an answer? Not, "We will produce our own for our loyal customers", or "Don't worry, we will make sure those people give it to you free, with no ads",
I've been with Homestead from the beginning, I spend $500.00 a year, and it will be a nightmare to go elsewhere, but you seem to be driving me away.
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C'MON Homestead. Get this one together. I have been with HS since the early days with ads. The original owner would not pull this on us subscribers. Create your own mobile layout and make it the Homestead quality that we have grown (and pay) to expect.
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Agree with all of the above. I have been attempting edit my mobile app dozens of times and discontinued it for a time - and lost customers. I'm attempting again, but have the same issues of problems with duplicates of navigation bars and none of my edits saved.....looking elsewhere
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I've been trying to use the DudaMobile site to edit my site for mobile and it keeps moving the text around in strange ways and is almost impossible to work with. I came here hoping to find a solution. Sadly, it looks like I've got no options.
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Hey Christi4057 (and to whomever else this may apply),

Please don't give up just yet. DudaMobile is a third party mobile solutions provider to the most popular site builders (including Homestead of course), other technologies, and even powers Google’s GoMo mobile service. With that said, they're of reputation in the tech world, and service oriented. I was just on the phone with a member of their support team just a couple of weeks ago who took time to answer all of my questions. I'm pretty sure that if you go to DudaMobile and use one of the contact options provided, you'll find the help you need to resolve the issues with your mobile sites. ~ Hope this helps!

SiteBuilderPros
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Has anyone tried what she said? I've been with Homestead for 10 years and don't want to leave, but I'm not about to go through all that and pay more for a service that should be included. Has this improved?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can you build a mobile site on Homestead.com.
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Unfortunately Homestead is not responsive design, therefore does not look that good on mobile devices. DudaMobile does that but then again I think you end up with a different URL which may not be that good for SEO.

Homestead really needs to catch up, because mobile is growing rapidly and their design is out of date.
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and, of course you pay extra for the mobile version if you want to take the ads off. Not so with Wordpress or most other website programs. On the plus side, Homestead is super-easy to use....but once you start to learn web design you may find it is not up to standards.
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I realize we don't have the perfect mobile solution, but it's really best to actually create a 2nd mobile site. If you search Google and look at recent changes in SEO strategy Google is starting to place a lot of emphasis on having a mobile site. Dudamobile may work for some sites, but if it doesn't I would recommend looking for a provider that meets your needs if your business is dependent on getting traffic from mobile device users.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Need a microscope to view my website on your smart phone..


A recent survey of my clients found that many did not regularly visit my website, or read my blog there because the website displays too small to view on a smart phone. How can my site be updated to be view-able on a hand held device?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Website does not fit computer screen/mobile .... (too big).


We built a website and published with Intuit without problem... After the transition with Homestead it does not fit on the screen of the computer/mobile, (too big), What can we do to display it right? Please advise :( Thank you !!
Teresa
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Hi Maria3842, the transition of Homestead from Intuit to EIG would have absolutely nothing to do with how your site is viewed on mobile devices. With the growing popularity of mobile devices and the many different mobile browsers and operating systems it is becoming quite necessary for many businesses to create mobile versions of their sites, not only so they display properly, but also for SEO purposes. There is a mobile option available to you if you log into your account and follow the steps above.

Mike
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
what is the ideal page width for screens intended for iPads as well as regular PCs?.


I've always created webpages under the assumption that viewers would view them on PCs. And as PC screens got wider, I'd increase the width of my webpages. But with the rise in smaller devices like iPads, and even iPods, what would be the ideal page width now? I notice in general that many webpages are becoming narrower, no doubt for this reason.
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I believe this might be your best bet here.

Drew
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Website looks distorted on Kindle and nook..


For some reason, my website lettersbeyondheaven.com always looks distorted whenever I look at it on Kindle or Nook. The text is illegible and scrambled and the title text runs into the pictures. Can someone take a look and see why? Perhaps pull up the site on a tablet? Maybe it's the size of my page? The pages are set at 826 pixels.

Much appreciated. I had asked this question before and it was suggested I create a mobile site, but I guess you only get so many views for free. It still looks distorted.

TU, Marc
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Thanks Mike. Just wanted to make sure it wasn't my site. What I meant about views is that Duda allows you like 500 views then you have to pay. Though I don't understand why we have to pay extra.
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Yes. According to DodaMobile they have a 500 view per month limit. However if you are exceeding that, it's most likely worth the extra money to have the mobile site. Giving your customers a better mobile experience will likely result in an increased conversion rate.
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Most website builders are responsive design nowadays....they automatically adjust to mobile devices. No need for a separate mobile website or to pay extra. Unfortuntely, Homestead cannot do that with its current technology.
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I agree that responsive design would have some advantages. Please visit this page and click the "+1" button at the top of the page: https://community.homestead.com/homes...
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Thanks, Mike. Glad to hear that things are moving in that direction. I use Homestead because it is super-easy for me to design and update my website, but hate paying extra for a mobile site.
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My client didn't like the look of the Duda Mobile so she asked me to just keep the standard website and remove the mobile. So I deleted it from my Duda account. Now even the original site won't come up because I think the redirect is still engaged. I looked in the tag area and can't find it anywhere. I think Homestead needs to UN-redirect this site. tnorrisart.com
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I am only getting the regular site to come up at this time. The mobile site seems to be disconnected. Be sure to clear the cache in the mobile device you are using.  Let us know if you are still having problems, and what device and browser you are using.

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