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February 5th, 2009

by Bobby Gruenewald

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Mobile: Quick Mobile Site for Your Church

If you want to reach people where they are, one of your first steps should be to create a mobile site for your church. People are already trying to search for your church or visit your church website using their mobile phone.  The problem is that most websites are not designed to be displayed on a phone and consequently people struggle to find basic information about your church.

It doesn’t have to be complicated—start with directions, service times, and other basic things you want people to know about your church.  You can see the simple mobile site that we have at http://m.lifechurch.tv.  Additionally, if you view http://swerve.lifechurch.tv from your mobile phone you can see how we have used a WordPress plug-in to appropriately display this blog on mobile devices.

And it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are simple, free tools like MoFuse.com that allow you to accomplish this without advanced expertise.  Here are a couple of sites where you can read more about MoFuse.

How many of you already have mobile versions of your blog or church website?  If so, can you share the URL with our readers?

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  1. Feb 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I currently have a mobile version of by blog: http://www.brianayers.net

    And we’re working with SiteOrganic.com to develop a mobile version of http://TheCommunityChurch.org which will be live soon

  2. Feb 5, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I am using wordpress to drive my site, and there are some incredible free plugins to make your site mobile, and even adapt them to specific devices like the iphone.

  3. Feb 5, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Bobby-

    Thanks for the link to Mofuse. I was looking for a Wordpress plugin earlier this week that would do this painlessly while I plan for a more personal, permanent solution.

    I just setup MoFuse (took me about 5-7 minutes to get the whole thing working.

    Mobile link:
    http://jeremyscheller.mofuse.mobi/

    Standard link:
    http://jeremyscheller.com

    Thanks,

  4. Feb 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I used to get swerve on my netvibes account, but now it will not update, do you now what is up with that? Can you tell me who to contact?

  5. Feb 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the link. Our current site is super simple.
    http://www.mz9.org

    I was just looking to make it totally mobile too.

    I really love your guys church it truly is an inspiration.

  6. Feb 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    We developed a mobile version, http://m.theaterchurch.com. At this point, it’s really short on content. We are planning to expand that site, which is sort of “mobile central” for many devices, as well as develop an iPhone/iPod Touch version which will offer more media options.

    I’d love to see a directory of churches with mobile versions of their sites. Perhaps this thread can be an initial gathering point for that.

  7. Feb 6, 2009 at 8:39 am

    This is great! I have my account set up, but I want to use m.newspring.us for my custom domain. Where do I get that domain at that has the m. part? I must be missing something obvious…

  8. Feb 6, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Thank you for this!
    http://beliefmarketing.mofuse.mobi/

    I have several hundred subscibers who will be stoked!

    Randy Allsbury-Edmond Fuse Cast

  9. Feb 6, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Bobby, I think this post is very relevant to today’s generation. However, one thing you guys may want to do is find a way in your code on your site to determine which browser people use. I surfed to http://www.lifechurch.tv from my mobile phone and got the main site and not the mobile one. The sites I’ve done have code that checks the browser and redirects users accordingly. Just FYI. :)

  10. Feb 6, 2009 at 9:42 am

    To Tyler:
    Tyler, if you own the domain http://www.newspring.us, then you’ll need to get a subdomain set up - m.newspring.us. It’s something your host could do (if he’s willing to let go of another IP address).

  11. Feb 6, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Henderson Hills (your neighbors) has a new iPhone site at m.hhbc.com. Built on the Light CMS.

  12. Feb 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    We’ve had a mobile version for a while, but we keep expanding the content:
    http://m.mtbethel.org/

    Because it’s a homegrown CMS, I was able to automate much of the content on the mobile site — staff info, worship details (scripture that week), etc. Then I installed a mobile-friendly skin for our blog and forums, so those work great as well.

  13. Feb 7, 2009 at 1:52 am

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  14. Mar 10, 2009 at 2:04 am

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  15. May 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    We just created a mobile site for Long Hollow Baptist at http://m.longhollow.com. You can read the series about how it was created on the Media Salt blog here: http://www.mediasalt.com/2009/05/26/going-mobile-part-1-why-do-a-mobile-site/

  16. Jun 16, 2010 at 2:59 am

    My Latest post at Faith.Life.Media. deals with this topic. Check it out and let me know what you think.

    http://www.faithlifemedia.blogspot.com

  17. Mar 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    We have a Wordpress site and recently added a plugin/theme from Elegant Themes called Handheld. Would love to know how it looks on devices other than Android! God Bless!

  18. Jun 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm

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