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7 tools to build websites using responsive design

Nathan Segal | March 26, 2013
These seven tools will help you build a fully functional site for phone, tablet and traditional desktop devices.

Winksite users can build a community and invite others to join. You can also create an ezine or guestbook and post surveys. You also have the capability to create custom ads from various sponsors, choose the pages they appear on and determine the frequency and placement of display. Supported file types include YouTube, DailyMotion, MetaCafe, Blip.TV video and FLV files.

Volusion

Volusion is an all-in-one ecommerce tool that lets you build a shopping cart and add it to your website. It will display on desktop, tablet and mobile versions of your site.

Volusion is an all-in-one shopping cart system with a Website integrated into the layout. If you were to use a different approach, you would have to first build your website and then obtain, customize and add a shopping cart to your site after the fact. You can also list thousands of products on both the desktop and mobile versions of your site.

Volusion offers a free trial to get you up to speed, but you should know that the free trial goes only so far. If you want to test out the mobile aspect of the service, then you'll need to pay. When you sign up for an account, you can choose to build a site yourself or work with a sales representative on the design process. It's also worth noting that the service is proprietary-it runs on Volusion servers only and can't be used with your own hosting.

Volusion pricing models range from $15 per month to $195 per month; enterprise pricing is available as well. Factors in determining price include data transfer, number of products used, bandwidth, social media integration and rating services.

GoMobi

The GoMobi content management system lets you build mobile websites that can be viewed on more than 6,000 mobile devices. You can also add code to the desktop version of your site so that a user on a mobile device who visits the desktop site is seamlessly redirected to the mobile interface.

GoMobi offers an easy-to-use interface with the complex programming happening behind the scenes. For example, to add your GPS coordinates, just enter the address, add that section to the mobile site and save your changes; the GPS feature appears automatically on the mobile interface and is ready to use. For designers who want more options, the interface can be customized through the use of templates. In addition, you can add custom CSS, HTML and JavaScript programming by linking those pages to the GoMobi interface. You can upload your own icons as well.

While GoMobi offers a numerous display options, it doesn't support tables or JavaScript. One way around this is to use Dreamweaver to create custom mobile pages that plug into the GoMobi interface; this way, you can use JavaScript, tables and custom CSS in your mobile website. You can also host these custom pages wherever you want; this is worth knowing because GoMobi, like Volution, is proprietary and runs only on GoMobi servers.

 

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