WixMobile has been in alpha for a while now, offering a free mobile website with a sound foundation of features, but soon it will be ready for the next stage. Our designers and developers are busy bees, and in the next couple of months you can expect to see several additions to WixMobile, including:
- More templates
- More menu styles and options
- More fonts
- Multi-Language support
- Self managed SEO description and keywords
There are a number of features that will be added to greatly enhance your mobile web designs and improve user experience. Let’s take a look at each one and how it can benefit your mobile website.
WixMobile already comes with a standard gallery and single image feature, both capable of dynamic sizing depending on the screen size or orientation. More photo galleries mean a wider variety of layouts, styles and behaviors for featuring your photos or portfolio, each optimized for touch and the mobile experience.
The world of mobile web design has struggled with video support for some years, due to constraints with plugin-based technologies such as Flash and Quicktime. The demand has grown to such a point today that popular services like YouTube, Ustream and Vimeo are rapidly moving towards HTML5 video, which is faster and more compatible with mobile browsers and devices.
Video galleries will allow you to feature one or several videos that resize to fit your device screen. Because mobile devices have an ever-decreasing tolerance for Flash and Quicktime, it is best to use a service that offers HTML5 video, or to host your own. You can learn more about video for mobile here.
What is a mobile band or artist website without streaming music? As I pointed out in last weeks post, one of the first things visitors are looking for on a music-related mobile website is a way to listen or download music. Sound that is optimized for mobile is critical, as linking directly to files or streaming them through a plugin-based player are not only intensive on the device and WiFi bandwidth, but prone to unpredictable results depending on the user’s browser and device capabilities.
With a music gallery, you will be able to upload songs and samples and present them in a visually appealing way that your visitors can tap to hear, guaranteed to work beautifully with iPhones, iPads, Adroids and other modern mobile devices.
Rich Text Editor
Bringing the power of rich-text editing to your mobile pages allows you to take advantage of a larger font selection, colors, styles and layout of your content. The text editor enables you to add headings and text to different sections of your page, expanding the possibilities of what you can do with your page elements.
The most exciting feature coming to WixMobile is mCommerce. For the first time, you will be able to build a powerful and lightweight mobile shop to compliment your main page, offering the same stability, security and user experience as full eCommerce websites. Like the eCommerce shop available in the website builder, mCommerce will guide you through adding images, product descriptions and prices, connecting each with your desired payment method.
Mobile commerce is designed not just for the scale of a mobile device, but to accomodate how mobile devices are used. You can expect form fields and interface elements to respond to touch for optimal user experience and a quick, easy checkout.
Learn more about what’s in store for Wix on the Coming Soon To Wix page.