With the advent of the smartphone, we are starting to do more things on it that we never thought were possible. Recently, I did an experiment where I was going away on a weekend trip and decided to only take my iPhone with me to see if I could get by. I forced myself to use the iPhone for my every day normal tasks that I would do if I had my iPad or laptop. To my surprise, I found that when it was my only device to use, I actually got by fine with it and actually did more on it than I had done before.
Not only are smartphones getting better, so are the apps that are being made for them. Take M dot for example, which lets you create a good looking website right on your iPhone in mere minutes. I had a lot of fun playing with it and it truly displays the extensive capabilities of the iPhone.
Creating Your Website
When you sign yourself up, the first thing that you need to do is to pick a template that you want to use to create your site. There are six different ones to choose from at the moment, and hopefully they will keep adding more as the app gets better. Once you got your template picked out, you then have to give your site a name and you can even get a custom domain as well.
Next comes the fun part, which is designing your site and making it your own. What I was really nervous about was how were the developers going to put in features of creating a site on a mobile phone without sacrificing things because of the small space. To my surprise, they made the experience intuitive and very easy to feel like you had a lot of features at hand.
As I started to play around with creating my own site, the one thing I noticed was that it was very easy to make it what you wanted it to be. They start you off with a few standard pages to get you going, but they make it really easy to create more pages and customize it to your standard. Some of the features that are included are all the social features you can think of, a picture gallery, business page and even a blog.
Making It Public
Once you are done tinkering and putting the fine touches on your site, you are now ready to share it with the world. You can choose to stay with the generic name.mpresence.net, or you can customize your domain to one that you may already own. You are given options to choose a mobile domain and/or a regular www site name, and at the moment this is free of charge, but it looks like there will be a fee later on.
Once your site is made public, M dot gives you even more features to help keep it up to date. One that could come in handy for business people are the statistics that you are provided. You can see the amount of people who have visited your site for the current day, last seven days and the last month. Other than that, there are no other stats, and it would be nice in the future if you could pay for some extra features.
The big hesitation that I always have with apps like these is that even though they are convenient to have, wouldn’t it be easier to just do on your laptop? You have sites like Tumblr and WordPress who have way more features than M dot, so why wouldn’t you just use those instead? I personally would not create and maintain a site all on my iPhone, but I can definitely see it being useful for some people who want to throw up something quick.
But if I was to create a site on my iPhone, I would definitely use this. I loved how intuitive and easy it was to make your site and how many features they were able to put in. I think with time and the ability to put in some pro features, this could really be a winner.
Will this replace you making a website on your computer? Probably not, but I don’t think that is what the developers had in mind. They wanted a way for people to create quick and easy sites and for it to be flexible enough that you could make something that you would be happy with.
If you are looking for a quick way to set up a simple site, then M dot is definitely worth checking out. It can be downloaded for free and as of right now there is not cost to create your sites. Looking to create a quick contact site, maybe a simple photo blog, or journaling your thoughts — whatever it may be, check M dot out.