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Question 1

Should we give the access to mobile version to all users on desktop. by having a differetn url like it's good to keep mobile version and desktop version access only from mobile and desktop like Although advanced user can see by changing UserAgent?

Question 2

If we decide to give different url to mobile version and will redirect from main domain to mobile version if user is accessing from mobile then how i should keep url ? though desktop user can also see the mobile version by typing mobile url.

1) Keeping mobile version in sub folder like

2) With m. subdomain like yahoo

3) or like

4) or a totally different url

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All of the above! Really how hard is it to create one mobile version of the site and redirect a couple of URL's that way. Make the shortest one to type the one thats shown everywhere. – Barfieldmv Sep 15 '11 at 7:13
As mobile user I like '' url most of all, because it does not take up much space in url bar. Also, 301 redirect from '' and '' to '' would be great. – Dmitry Semenov Sep 15 '11 at 7:37
@Dmitry - and would u like to acess from desktop if you find mobile version better than desktop for you? – Jitendra Vyas Sep 15 '11 at 7:55
Though can be shorther than and has only single period. – Jitendra Vyas Sep 15 '11 at 7:56
@Jitendra It's hard to imagine for me when mobile version is better for desktop. But I like to know that mobile version is avaliable. – Dmitry Semenov Sep 15 '11 at 8:57

Question 1 Answer: The goal here is to provide the most suitable information to each purpose.

The url typically means that there is a unique website - typically a subset of the full website - that was purpose-built for mobile devices. You'll see it used quite a bit nowadays as it is the 'easiest' way to implement a mobile strategy across a website.

When an Advanced user switches their User Agent to a mobile device, they know what to expect. Switching User Agents isn't something a regular visitor will partake in.

Question 2 Answer: The answer to this question may fall outside the scope of this board (also, I don't see a difference between your examples 2) and 3) - they're both sub domains.).

The ideal solution here is to have a Responsive Web Design (more info: as this means 1 source of content, 1 source of templates and a device agnostic design that suits desktop, tablet and mobile.

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difference between 2 and 3 is less character to type. Responsive webdesign is not for all cases – Jitendra Vyas Sep 15 '11 at 6:27
Very good read, thank you. – rlsaj Sep 15 '11 at 22:07

Please see:

Adding a Custom Domain Sucks

Don’t you hate it when you see a link to an article on Twitter and click it on your desktop, only to be taken to because someone shared this link from their mobile device? Now you’re reading a mobile version of this article full screen on your desktop and it looks ridiculous. Or you hit a full version URL from your mobile device and have to suffer yet another redirect. As a user, I would prefer to see one page that looks mobile-friendly on a mobile device, and looks like a full version on a desktop. As a developer, redirecting seems like a cop-out. It also feels like it violates a good RESTful design. There should be one URL for this resource and its view should be tailored to the device on which I am viewing it.

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This answer seems particular to Ruby. It also doesn't really address the question directly (Though, admittedly, the question is now rather dated). – DA01 Nov 11 '13 at 0:57

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