Mobile · Engineering

moving to mobile

Diane MacEachern Founder & CEO, Big Green Purse

December 28th, 2012

Hi,

After building a strong website and blog focused on green living, it\'s way
past time to go mobile. Can anyone share their experiences in making that
transition? I know this is a big topic, and I\'m happy to give you a call
and talk off-line if that would be easier.

Thanks,

Diane MacEachern

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Diane MacEachern
Founder & CEO, Big Green Purse
Author, Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner,
Greener World
www.biggreenpurse.com
240-533-6384
twitter @dianemaceachern @biggreenpurse

Eric Rogness Technical Product Manager

December 28th, 2012

What\'s the traffic like on your website? And what content is the most viewed? For your blog, it appears that you can auto-detect for mobile and send them to http://greenwoman.typepad.com/.m/ -- the ".m" at the end is important.

EricRogness.com(647) 297-7126

Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:12:19 -0500
Subject: [FD Members] moving to mobile
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Tony Rajakumar Founder/CEO at SnugBoo

December 28th, 2012

This is a very important consideration - what\'s in it for your customers/users? What\'s the minimum viable set of features you need to address these needs? Could be a source of positive differentiation.

Thanks...
--Tony

On Dec 28, 2012, at 9:14 AM, Michael Sattler <mich...@sattler360.com> wrote:

Diane MacEachern Founder & CEO, Big Green Purse

December 31st, 2012

Thanks for all the great ideas, everyone. You\'ve given me a lot to think
about.

Diane

On Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM, Daniel Eberhard
<da...@lddropshippers.com>wrote:

Eric Rogness Technical Product Manager

December 28th, 2012

Your main website appears to be done in Joomla. There are several options to convert Joomla websites to mobile. http://www.mobilejoomla.com/ seems popular, though I do not have any personal experience. A web search for "Joomla mobile" will reveal other options. Trying out this type of automated tool would certainly be my first step before doing anything more expensive. Once you answer my previous questions below (--v) more can be said as to what content should be made available on mobile.
Cheers,Eric

EricRogness.com(647) 297-7126

From: ericrognhttp://greenwoman.typepad.com/.m/ -- the ".m" at the end is important.

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Subject: [FD Members] moving to mobile
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Eric Rogness Technical Product Manager

December 28th, 2012

I should point out that Big Green Purse appears to be a content website (Joomla), a Typepad blog, with an Amazon powered store. It\'s not a web app with unique features.

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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 09:31:12 -0800
Subject: Re: [FD Members] moving to mobile
From: devehttp://www.appcelerator.com/ , I\'m liking Titanium over PhoneGap because of how it deals with bridging the gap between javsascript and the native architecture. With version 3, you automatically get the advantages of Alloy (an MVC framework) which can cut down on development time and can take advantage of backbone, which many javascript developers are familiar with. Titanium can also generate a mobile site for non Android, iOS and Windows8 devices.

Of course the other comments and suggestions apply. Going mobile involves a number of things that need to happen, including, and very importantly a good API. Apigee has some great white papers to help in that area.

On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM, Michael Sattler <mich...@sattler360.com> wrote:

Ryo Hang Do More

December 28th, 2012

Diane,
If your website and blog has backend produce restful json data, you could easy structure a html5 app and leverage some popular js mvc framework to consume those data.(angular, backbone, spinejs, etc .... so many) It will be cross-platform and cost efficiency for a startup.
You can even wrap up it into a phonegap native app. That\'s from my personal experience, perhaps there is other solution.

Regards,
Ryo

Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:12:19 -0500
Subject: [FD Members] moving to mobile
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Richard Shank Software Engineer at PICR

December 28th, 2012

If you are looking to build mobile apps, I would look at
http://www.appcelerator.com/ , I\'m liking Titanium over PhoneGap because of
how it deals with bridging the gap between javsascript and the native
architecture. With version 3, you automatically get the advantages of Alloy
(an MVC framework) which can cut down on development time and can take
advantage of backbone, which many javascript developers are familiar with.
Titanium can also generate a mobile site for non Android, iOS and Windows8
devices.

Of course the other comments and suggestions apply. Going mobile involves a
number of things that need to happen, including, and very importantly a
good API. Apigee has some great white papers to help in that area.

On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM, Michael Sattler <mich...@sattler360.com>wrote:

Mark Morris

December 31st, 2012

Diane,

Here is something else to consider when it comes to web and mobile,
http://mashable.com/2012/12/11/responsive-web-design/. While it sounds
like you are already past the point of building your site, I think that
Mashable has a pretty good argument why responsive websites are just as
good if not better than having apps.

Best,
Mark

Michael Sattler President, Splitzee

December 28th, 2012

The technical solutions mentioned so far are great ones, but leading with
them is like saying "does anybody know how to build a house?" and having
the answer be "I know a great hammer you can use." Technology is a tool,
nothing more. Select your tool based on the desired outcome.

I\'d strongly suggest thinking a bit about your product before converting
what you have over to mobile. What do your users want their mobile
experience to be? What do you need it to be, businesswise? I work with a
social commerce company that spent tremendous time and effort putting their
website functionality online, only to find that people want 10% of that
functionality on a mobile device and are perfectly comfortable (even
prefer) using the web for the rest. Had we built the 10% first we would
have been in the market months sooner, adding functionality as customers
demanded it.

Don\'t *over* think this, because you won\'t get it right the first time, and
don\'t over-invest right off the bat. Build light, build lean, and iterate
iterate iterate. Be ready to throw something away if it isn\'t working.
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Daniel Eberhard CEO, Koho

December 31st, 2012

Second the responsive push as well Diane. Unless you have strong access to
capital or a unique requirement, responsive themes are superior.

Cheers