Mobile Browsers and Mobile Ecommerce

If you’re still sitting on the fence regarding enabling your business website for viewing by mobile browsers like iPhone, Blackberry, and Android phones this might sway you – well, it may knock you over the fence…

Ebay expects to do 400 million dollars in transactions over JUST the iPhone in 2009.

Are people using their iphones to buy? Oh yeah… in a big way.

Opera browser – the opera ‘mini’ which is a really nice mobile browser has seen great increases in use – currently they have 40 million mobile users. These users viewed 17 billion web pages with Opera mini. Not bad eh? This article talks about their growth: Opera Mini use

A very simple way to enable your website for iPhone and Android devices is, when running WordPress – add the WPTouch plugin. Here’s what the official WP page says about the plugin:

The admin panel allows you to customize many aspects of its appearance, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of your site to your iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini mobile, Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm visitors without modifying a single bit of code (or affecting) your regular desktop theme.

What happens is that the mobile version of your site is instantly served up fresh to anyone on those mobile browsers mentioned. There is even a link on the front page to ask if the user wants to revert back to the original full non-mobile version.

Mobile is part of the immediate future. Is it the entire future? Probably not, people will still sit in front of a big screen at home or at work, but, mobile is already part of the huge share of ecommerce happening across the web. Four hundred million at eBay JUST on the iPhone? What will it be in 5 years – 200 million?

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