NetObjects has always been well known for its CMS for creating websites (Fusion CMS). Now, thanks to its simple-to-use yet powerful mobile website builder called Mosaic, NetObjects also offers businesses a way to create themselves original mobile websites with least effort.
NetObjects Mosaic is delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) and is available by subscription. Its implementation doesn’t require therefore either own hosting nor software install and it can be managed from any web browser.
Review on Netobjects mobile cms
Firstly Mosaic allows any user to create intuitively -even without seeing any tutorial- a mobile website without requiring any web development skill. But what really sets Mosaic apart from its competitors its simplicity and design quality both at control panel level and at mobile template level. More interestingly, Mosaic has a large number of beautiful mobile templates that enable user to get a dazzling mobile website without being to be a good designer.
Despite these advantages, Mosaic is pretty limited in terms of design customizability. The user can, for instance, change colors settings which are common to every page, but he won’t be able to customize separately from each other the colors and the dimensions of page’s constituting modules.
As for features, Mosaic has the least necessary modules to meet the need of most businesses but it could be quickly exceeded for more advanced mobile project.
: App like mobile templates, Very intuitive, m-commerce ready, Several pre-set color pack, Beautiful mobile templates, Well designed back-end control interface, Good navigability (Important for large mobile website)
: Too fair design customizability, Too fair modules number, Some bugs experienced during my last test (with Chrome)
Text content, Section, Call, Email, Contact form, Map, Coupon, Hours of operation, Open table reservation, Custom tile, Feed reader, Twitter, Share bar, Adsens bar, E-commerce.
Using Netobjects mobile cms
Mosaic back-end control interface consists of an interactive phone emulator which serves for both preview and contents manager.
At the beginning, your mobile website contains only a single page which is the homepage. The page is initially empty. To add items, you should pick one by one the modules of your choice from the modules library (Located at the left of the emulator) and drop them to relevant locations on the page.
You can add as many modules as you need in the homepage. Each module comes with a specific function that may vary from one module to another. Some modules are for instance used as mere static elements (text container, click to call button, share bar, click to mails, etc.) while others are associated with news whole mobile pages (maps page, custom form, opening hour page, etc.) hidden behind navigation icons.
Whenever a module is added, Mosaic prompts you to provide corresponding contents and setting through forms and wysiwyg editor that are opened for that purpose. And when all your modules are in place, you can organize them any way you like by simple drag and drop.
If you need more space for your contents, you can add new empty pages and spread out within them some of your modules. In such a way you can add as many modules as you want in your mobile website without impairing navigability.
You can at anytime, change the whole design your mobile website by loading (Click on: More button -> Site styles button) any of Mosaic’s prebuilt templates. Switching from one template to another occurs without data loss.
Any prebuilt template comes with several versions of colors set. So, even if you have initially based your creation on a pre-built commonly used template, you can differentiate your mobile website just by loading new pre-set colors pack to it (Click on Site Style -> Custom site style button). You can also load a customizable colors-set and modify it yourself to personalize the design further.