A web designer from Fairfield recently launched a home-based online business that alters websites for small businesses so that they are appropriately sized for the screens of smartphones.

Tim Meehan, a website developer for the past 10 years, has created a new website, www.mowmywebsite.com, to market the venture. The alumnus of Fairfield's Notre Dame High School said he is able to "m.o.w." a website -- an acronym he came up with for "mobile optimized website" -- by using a "touch optimized framework for developing the source code" in combination with his graphic design skills. He said the two main tools he uses to create the scaled-down sites are Adobe Dreamweaver for development and Adobe Photoshop for designing the graphics.

According to the website, a new website with up to five pages will be created within seven days of the receipt of a downpayment of $199. The purchaser will then pay a remaining balance of $399 once the site has been tested, approved and launched. Additional pages can be added for $100 per page, according to the site.

Meehan, who grew up in Shelton, has a bachelor's degree in multimedia and web design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He recently left a job at Sourcebits, an India-based software development firm, to launch the new business. Before Sourcebits, he worked as a manager of Norwalk advertising firm Milksono's multimedia department and as a web designer for Norwalk marketing firm Vertrue.

Visit www.mowmywebsite.com for information.