Pass Google's mobile test: 10 minutes - 10 Steps!

by nmwf
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Note: This content was previously published and posted with permission from myself. I wrote this! So enjoy:

Here's a temporary fix that will pass Google's mobile test no matter how small or large your website is. Use it until you can enable a proper mobile solution.
1. Open the index.html or default.html page in your server's root directory.

2. Add the following between the <head></head> tags. (Replace with your domain name first!)

<link rel="alternate" media="only screen and (max-width: 640px)"  href="">
3. Add this javascript code between the <head></head> tags as well. It redirects mobile users to your mobile site:

<script type="text/javascript">
if (screen.width <= 699) {
document.location = "/mobile/index.html";
4. Save the file and then create a new folder on your server's root directory. Name the new folder, "mobile".

5. Open the following link in your browser. (Replace with your domain name first.)

6. Save the resulting page (a mobile representation of your site's home page) to your hard drive as "index.html" and then open it in a plain text editor.

7. Add the following between the <head></head> tags. (Again, replace with your domain name first.)

  <link rel="canonical" href="" />
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
8. Search for and replace every instance of

<a href='/gwt/x?

<a href='
9. Save the index.html page that you just edited and upload it to the "mobile" directory.

10. Run your website through Google's mobile tester here:
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  • Profile picture of the author ChaletDM
    Hi Nmwf,

    I'm so glad that you added the text about "Use it until you can enable a proper mobile solution." As you know, a mobile website is much more than a temporary solution to pass a Google test.

    At the end of the day it is about "adding value". When you develop a great mobile website your customers will find it easy to use and simple to navigate. This means that they will not get frustrated in finding what they need and as a direct result, contact you and buy your products or services.

    All The Best!
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