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I've seen links to switch to the "Classic" site or the "Standard" site and I was just wondering if anyone did any testing with this. I like the sound of "full" but I have nothing to back it up. Any insight would be helpful.

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I've also heard it called the "desktop" version but that's not quite right either. – Ben Brocka Sep 29 '11 at 19:58
The best solution is to not have a mobile site. Just have a single site and use responsive design techniques to make it render as needed based on the device/resolution. – Charles Boyung Sep 29 '11 at 21:18
Charles: This is how I would have done it, but it's out of my hands. – Bill Criswell Sep 29 '11 at 21:28
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I have no researched data to give you, but two personal observations:

1) Flicker uses as the link back to the main site. This makes sense in the context that their mobile site is

2) I really like IMDB's method:

View IMDb in: Mobile | Desktop

with the one you are not currently looking at being made a link. The advantage of this option is the context is clear that there are two versions of the site.

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I definitely approve of method 2, and I've seen it quite a lot. The first option only makes sense if A) Your user noticed they're on and B) They know the convention that m.domain means a mobile site and that removing the m will return them to desktop mode. – Ben Brocka Sep 30 '11 at 12:13

I've been using View Full Website with no problems on various projects. I prefer this wording because it marks the potential differences in functionality and content between mobile and desktop views, but doesn't assert the differences along the lines of device choice.

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In my opinion it would be the best if your site is able to detect the visitors screen resolution, and switch to a version which is designed for his/her own device. (tablet or mobile as well)

And in this case I would display the opprotunity to "View Desktop Version".

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I would probably call it the "standard site view", as the only thing which is changing is the type of view of the website you're seeing. You're not changing a version - as it's essentially the same content and the way it works

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