Wednesday, July 6, 2011

“As the dramatic growth of the mobile web changes the way people consume content, it’s becoming increasingly important for publishers to provide a good mobile experience.”

This was recently quoted by Google software engineer, Luciano Cheng in the announcement that Google has updated the Google Sites service with automatic mobile rendering for iOS 3.0+ and Android 2.2+ devices.

For those of you unaware of Google Sites, it’s a free service that lets users create and collaborate on a simple webpage and this update will allow site owners to customize their sites for mobile devices.

Site owners can make changes like matching the page width of their site to that of the device and re-sizing the text & images so that they all fit into the screen width in smaller resolution. They can also opt to adjust the sidebars and dropdown links or hide some of the links in their site’s footer to give more space to the page content while providing a neater appearance to the sites. A preview of what their sites will actually look on the mobile devices is also available on the desktops.

Users can enable mobile rendering on their site by following these steps:

  1. Log into Google Sites at
  2. Go to “General settings.”
  3. Go to “More actions.”
  4. Go to “Manage site.”
  5. Click the check-box next to “Automatically adjust site for mobile phones.”
  6. Save the settings.

Apart from this Google is also giving Google Sites users the ability to search and access their own sites from mobile devices by adding mobile versions of the site list, sites search, and browse sites categories.

Even though Google Sites is not a very well known property of Google this recent update should increase its popularity as a handy tool for creating mobile friendly sites.

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