WTF is up with "mobile" sites re-routing to their home page?

Discussion in 'Tech' started by tweakmonkey, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Example.. Google: engineers without borders san francisco Facebook
    on an iphone. Click the link and it goes to Facebook but the site detects your mobile phone and kindly re-routes you to iphone.facebook.com

    The problem happens on many sites that rank high on Google. You search for something and are forced to a mobile version of the site, but instead of loading the original site in mobile version, it routes to the homepage making Google useless. Ugh
  2. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    It's kind of like a forum I lurk at (tweak3d.net) forcing me to use the mobile skin. :p
  3. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    No it's actually not like that. :)

    you are forced to a mobile version but the site still loads what you searched for, so if you needed a fact you'd find it without having to consult another site. If you wanted to go back to the non mobile version to read that fact you would reload the domain for now. I could fix that too :)
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  4. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    Eh, it's similar enough. The fix I see is if AT&T routed their iPhone clients through a different route than other mobile users. However, seeing as this would be AT&T showing some regards and concern for their clients, I doubt we'll ever see that.
  5. chapel

    chapel Jolly Bolly Fo-Folly Staff Member

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    Att doesn't control what sites detect your iphone or any mobile phone. They are detected from the browser version that is passed to the webserver when you connect to it. That is how T3D detects that you're on a mobile phone and puts you on the mobile skin.

    Dan has an issue with clicking a result in google search and instead of taking him to the result on a non mobile version or even a mobile version, it kicks him to the home page on the mobile version. So he has to either find the information he was looking for manually, or forget about it.
  6. Commissar Smersh

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    I could have sworn I was able to access non-mobile sites when browsing via wifi on my iPhone. I wonder if that was a jailbreak feature, hrm.
  7. chapel

    chapel Jolly Bolly Fo-Folly Staff Member

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    You usually can, if the site doesn't have a mobile version, doesn't detect your phone, or requires you to manually goto the mobile version.