Here’s a fun free web tool from Japan that lets you create websites using nothing more than your smartphone’s browser. Dino (Dino.vc) is a freemium service from the folks at Revolver Inc. which has been in beta since early this month.
According to the folks over at VentureNow.jp, the company has plans to roll out Dino throughout Asia. Currently it is available in Japanese only.
Below is a quick walkthrough of how site creation works on a smartphone, as I just took a few minutes to test it out for myself.
First fix a title and description for your site. Browse the back-end administration settings (Japanese only currently):
Add one of the pre-set photos as your background (left), or upload your own background, as I did (right):
Add some content (News updates, or fill our your profile):
Publish, and check out the end result!
Overall it’s not a bad little service. And assuming that their beta test here in Japan goes well, I think expanding around Asia would be a wise idea. In countries where PC ownership is high, I’m not sure that there’s really much of a need for a smartphone website creation solution. But in regions where people’s only computer might be a low-cost smartphone, then a service like Dino would be very much welcome.
As for monetization, you can create your own smartphone optimized site for free as a subdomain of Dino.vc. If you’d to roll your own domain, ad free, with support for multiple admins and Google Analytics, you can enroll in their pro plan which costs 1000 yen (about $10) per month. A business plan is also available for 3000 yen per month, supporting as many as ten administrators.