A personal mobile Web page is a great tool to serve as a gateway between you and your co-workers, customers, friends, and relatives.
Some of the things that could be on your page are photos of you, links to your accounts on social networks, contact information, products or services you sell, affiliate links, and more.
You can create a page from scratch, use free software to create the page, or have a Web developer create the page for you.
Here are six steps to create your own personal mobile Web page:
1. – REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME for your page. Use your favorite search directory/engine to search for “domain name registration.” Choose a company and search for a domain name containing your name. Get a domain that ends in “.COM.” Those are the most popular types of domains. Register your name or a variation of it if it’s available.
If you already have a domain name and Web space, you can create a sub-domain like YOURNAME.YOURWEBSERVER.com and a separate folder to store your page and image files.
2. – GET WEB HOSTING space for your page, if you don’t have Web space. You need this Web space to store your page and any images you will display on the page. Most domain name registration companies offer Web hosting packages.
3. – USE FREE SOFTWARE to build your page. There are software programs that enable you to create pages without any programming knowledge. If you know HTML, you can use a word processing program to create your page.
You can use your desktop/laptop computer and Web browser to view the source code for pages. Load a mobile Web page in your browser and use the view command, then source command to open a window that displays the HTML code for that page.
Viewing the source code will show you what HTML code you need, how links and images are displayed, and how text is formatted on a mobile device screen.
4. – CREATE IMAGES, using a graphics or photo software program, for a portrait and domain name logo. The images should be small in width and height. Check my source code to see the width and height for my images. I put images on my mobile Web pages with a width of 300 pixels or less. This size seems to work well on most mobile devices. Save your images in “gif”, “jpg”, or “png” format, and save them on your Web server.
5. – REDIRECT YOUR DOMAIN NAME to your personal mobile Web page address. Most domain name registration companies offer this service and call it URL FORWARDING or URL REDIRECTION.
6. – VALIDATE YOUR WEB PAGE by visiting validation Web sites. Enter your page address and it will check it for errors. Validation is important because you want your page to display properly on numerous mobile devices.
Use your own mobile device to view your page. Try displaying your page on different mobile devices. You can use online mobile device emulators, but nothing is better than the actual mobile device. Does your page display properly? Does the text look OK? Fix any code errors, upload the updated page, validate it, and repeat this process until your Web page looks just right.
Once your page is on the Internet, you can tell everyone you know about it. Put your Web address on your business cards, on your résumé, in e-mail signatures at the end of your e-mails, etc.
Why create a personal mobile Web page? The world has gone mobile. The number of people using mobile Web on mobile phones is growing daily. Eventually, the number of mobile users will outnumber desktop PC users.
You should create a mobile optimized page because most desktop Web pages won’t work on mobile devices. Personal mobile Web pages are easier to navigate using a touch screen or keypad. With your own page, your co-workers, customers, friends, and relatives can stay in touch with you through their mobile devices.