Note: This page is about one of several high-priority ProxThink-related growth projects on which I’m tracking progress. You can find links to the others here.
Evolution of the Mobile Site
Prior to the mobile web, I created ProxThink.com (which I’ll call the main site) as a completely custom site. I used some software that then became obsolete, which makes the transition to mobile more complex. As an interim mobile site, I duplicated (as far as the content) the core parts of the main site on a WordPress.com site here, and this also serves as a backup in case something happens to the main site. However, unavoidably, the site on WordPress has a different design look. After the interim mobile WordPress site was up, I created the online course Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink, which features the main site. So, for the course to match the main site if someone accesses the site on mobile while taking the course, I need a mobile-optimized version of the main site. Also it will just be good in general for the main site to be mobile-optimized. I’ll still probably keep the WordPress site up as a backup, and also as an alternative design which some people might prefer.
Here’s the status:
- I’ve completed the core migration of the main site to some new development software which supports mobile-optimized designs.
- I’ve learned how to use the new software to create mobile-optimized pages which mimic the main site.
- I’ve solved some challenges with mobile menus by finding and buying an extension to the new development software.
- I’ve developed a working prototype of the new design (see the image at the top of this page).
- My Current Challenge is Time: Given the above, I can now convert all the pages of the main site to the mobile design. Although I’m using templates which speed up this transition, there are two problems which increase the time needed:
- To complete the migration of the previous site templates to the new development software, I have to work on every single page of the main site individually. Each page requires a few custom tweaks to the code. This step will take a lot of time.
- Once the above is done, I can use the new templates to deploy the mobile design to all the pages. However, there are still many different templates for different parts of the site, so this will also take a fair amount of time.