Mobile website URL without m. or .mobi ???

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Hello Warriors,

I came across something that i need help in understanding. I came across a website that has a normal URL address e.g like .anywidget.com
Accessing this site from a mobile phone... it went to a mobile version of the site.

Now, i thought that a mobile version of a website would have a m. subdomain address or .mobi extension???

My question is how is this done technically? ...that a normal website url goes to a mobile version of the site...but the URL still remains/shows like a normal desktop site? ( anywidget.com]

I'm not technically knowledgeable enough to know how this is done?

Thanks,

Kam
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  • Profile picture of the author HostWind
    I cant look at it now, but it could be either URL rewriting or a responsive theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author abyssofseo
    That it easy, main PHP script response depends on HTTP_USER_AGENT header, that shows, what device (mobile phone or desktop visited website).




    Originally Posted by kmalikis View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    I came across something that i need help in understanding. I came across a website that has a normal URL address e.g like Anywidget || Software.

    Accessing this site from a mobile phone... it went to a mobile version of the site.

    Now, i thought that a mobile version of a website would have a m. subdomain address or .mobi extension???

    My question is how is this done technically? ...that a normal website url goes to a mobile version of the site...but the URL still remains/shows like a normal desktop site? ( Anywidget || Software )

    I'm not technically knowledgeable enough to know how this is done?

    Thanks,

    Kam
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  • Profile picture of the author swagga212
    i personally prefer m., its more professional
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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      LOL - I don't necessarily agree with you, as m. is just another subdomain, but regardless of what I think...

      Originally Posted by swagga212 View Post

      i personally prefer m., its more professional
      Your visitors probably won't have an opinion, one way or the other - especially those on a mobile device.

      To them, a different URL naming convention is not more professional. It's just weird!
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    As someone pointed out above, they could be using a responsive theme which means it's technically the same website for all devices however it's set up to automatically shrink and stretch depending on the screen width of the device viewing it.

    Good ole' HTML5 baby!
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  • Profile picture of the author Daus
    I also think m. is much more better
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  • Profile picture of the author shoopt
    Hey dear
    The URL of the website does not makes any difference if the appearance and services provided are up to the exceptions of the user.
    Personally I do not prefer mobile version of to open at m.domainname, as when smart phone user enters the URL it redirects the website at mobile version and it will take small amount of time in redirecting and opening the page, while if your mobile site opens on your domain name it will open itself without redirecting and user do not have to wait for the extra second.
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  • Profile picture of the author silko
    Originally Posted by kmalikis View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    My question is how is this done technically? ...that a normal website url goes to a mobile version of the site...but the URL still remains/shows like a normal desktop site? ( anywidget.com]

    Google quotes : Dynamic serving is a setup where the server responds with different HTML (and CSS) on the same URL depending on the user agent requesting the page.

    So its dependent on User Agents.
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  • Profile picture of the author lint631
    I'd like to see if it's a responsive design. If not then I would be interested to see how they would do that. Post the URL if you can, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author murad12s
    - A .mobi domain has to be a strong indicator of relevance for a mobile search
    - They look good in mobile search results – whenever you do a search from your handset and see a .mobi, you immediately know they have a site designed for you
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Z
    Originally Posted by kmalikis View Post


    My question is how is this done technically? ...that a normal website url goes to a mobile version of the site...but the URL still remains/shows like a normal desktop site? ( anywidget.com]

    I'm not technically knowledgeable enough to know how this is done?

    Thanks,

    Kam
    Most likely using a responsive theme that is why you are seeing the same address. You can create a CNAME redirect and use an m. if you had a stand alone mobile site setup.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnE
    Originally Posted by kmalikis View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    I came across something that i need help in understanding. I came across a website that has a normal URL address e.g like .anywidget.com
    Accessing this site from a mobile phone... it went to a mobile version of the site.

    Now, i thought that a mobile version of a website would have a m. subdomain address or .mobi extension???

    My question is how is this done technically? ...that a normal website url goes to a mobile version of the site...but the URL still remains/shows like a normal desktop site? ( anywidget.com]

    I'm not technically knowledgeable enough to know how this is done?

    Thanks,

    Kam
    From a technical standpoint, the overwhelming majority of local small business websites do not necessarily need a separate URL (m.company.com) to have a separate mobile version; these websites are not that complicated. Both versions, standard and mobile, can live in the same file, or URL (company.com).

    The very same way a redirect script is used to redirect the viewer to a separate mobile URL (m.company.com), a script can be used to display the mobile version with its code in the same file as that of the standard site.

    A redirect script operates as follows:

    If viewer is on mobile device, then redirect viewer to mobile version URL (m.company.com), otherwise display standard site (company.com).

    The same if statement can be used as follows:

    if viewer is on mobile device, then run mobile version code, otherwise run standard site code.

    Both sets of code can reside in the same file thereby alleviating the need for a separate URL.

    So, this could also explain why the URL remained unchanged.
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  • Profile picture of the author SJJPFTW
    I would say its probably a responsive theme OR it just redirects to a mobile page that lives on the web root i.e when it detects a mobile browser it redirects from www.site.com/index.html to www.site.com/index2.html.

    Neither is difficult to do.

    Responsive themes (I generally loath them) do the work for you and the other method just requires a bit of Javascript in the header.
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  • Profile picture of the author iaeo
    An easy way to keep it on the same URL is to use a viewport query to check the viewport size, then just separate the desktop and mobile versions of the site into different <div>'s (excuse me- "sections") and then display the relevant one according to the viewport size (and hide the other one, of course).
    That's what I usually do.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Ayling
    A better way to keep it on the same domain name is to use a virtual folder that houses the mobile site.

    I would not advise putting mobile and desktop content in the same file - keep it separate so that it is dedicated to mobile viewing and the code is more maintainable.
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    • Profile picture of the author iaeo
      Originally Posted by John Ayling View Post

      A better way to keep it on the same domain name is to use a virtual folder that houses the mobile site.

      I would not advise putting mobile and desktop content in the same file - keep it separate so that it is dedicated to mobile viewing and the code is more maintainable.
      This actually sounds like a much better approach. Keep it in separate files and load the proper content with PHP or something. Going to be applying this to my sites in the future.
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