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How can I simulate mobile device browsers to test websites on a desktop? [closed]

Are there any good tools that can be run on desktop machines (Windows or Linux) that can simulate a mobile device, preferably with some options as to screen size and mobile browser (user agent if not ...
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Is there any way to see how Google ranks my websites 'mobile friendliness'?

I noticed in the news that Google has tweaked their search engine to favour 'mobile friendly' websites, but don't notice anything different when I do a Google search. Is there any way to see how ...
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Creating a mobile website

I'm going to create a mobile version of a website. This is the first time I'll be creating a mobile specific website. What do I need to know? What do I need to be aware off? Good tips and ...
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Is it true that Google will effectively penalise mobile-unfriendly sites from April 21, 2015?

I have heard that Google will boost mobile-friendly websites in search results. My website is not mobile-friendly. Will my website penalised in the Google search results if I have not made the ...
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Is it OK to use jQuery for responsive web design?

I have been tasked to update a site to make it responsive and appear correctly on smart phones. Unfortunately, the site in its current form isn't very easy to work with - I can't just change the CSS. ...
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Is the m subdomain automatically supported / redirected by mobile devices, if not how should I redirect?

I'm trying to set up a mobile version of a site, and I'm wondering if I can just set up a m subdomain and put the mobile site in there, or if I need to set up some kind of redirect to make phones ...
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Reponsive Web Design : Does it download the same amount of data on every device?

I want to redesign my blog and website on wordpress to accommodate ever increasing mobile users and tablet users. I am also hearing about responsive design. I want to know does a responsive web ...
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What are the basic things to do in order to make a web site iPhone-friendly or more mobile-accessible?

What are the basic things to do in order to make a web site iPhone-friendly or more mobile-accessible in general?
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How to contact Google support for removal of restaurant “place an order” links?

Last week, Google rolled out a new feature on Google mobile search that presumably added convenience to the consumer by providing a "Place an Order" link on individual restaurant business listings. ...
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Mobile phone detection (brand, model, browser etc)

What do you use to detect visitor's mobile phone, down to the model if possible? Currently we maintain our own database but it's really getting behind due to lack of manpower to maintain it, so we ...
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What is Google's policy about separate content on same URLs in mobile and desktop versions?

I'm currently developing a mobile version of my site where users' devices are automatically identified and then displayed either mobile or desktop view of the same URL. For usability purposes, I ...
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Can a mobile version of site be considered duplication by Google if the page is the same only the css is different?

Hearing about the problems with mobile browser detection I plan to add a button to my site which enables the users to switch manually between normal/mobile version of the site. The button sets a ...
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Which mobile browsers for testing?

I've mobile optimised a site with media queries and I now want to know which devices / emulators I should test with. Where can I find information on what mobile browsers are out there, ideally with a ...
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Which current stock mobile browsers support linked phone numbers by default?

The better question is, are there any that currently DO NOT support auto linking of phone numbers by default? Main support for iPhone, Android, BB, Windows Phone, Palm. I'm trying to determine if I ...
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1answer
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Does having a mobile version of a website improve the page rank?

Does google crawl the mobile version of a website? I would think not, since the user agent would be that of the google bot. If it doesn't crawl it, does it mean that having a mobile version of a ...
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what tools are available to analyze mobile site performance?

the tool must: 1) Test the page/component load/render time. 2) Be usable on multiple devices/browsers. 3) Show results with recommendations per-device/browser
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Should I redirect desktop users visiting mobile page to desktop version?

So I am redirecting mobile users to mobile version of the page and also have alternate attrubute set up for that: <link rel="alternate" media="only screen and (max-width: 640px)" ...
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Will Google omit my site from mobile search results if I do not have a mobile optimized site?

I have heard rumors that if I do not have a mobile-optimized web-site (whether through responsive design or redirection to a mobile version of the site) that Google will not show my site when a user ...
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How can my site detect mobile phones and switch visitors to a mobile Domain?

My Question is that when user enter the website: http://www.example.com then they will just go to automatically to http://www.example.mobi how can i do this .. is their any technique behind that. ...
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How to make content load faster for mobile on a responsive design site?

So, I have a responsive design site. Studies say that for mobile devices we need to show a bit less content (graphics and such), and that we need to make sites load quicker for mobiles. If I set some ...
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URL for separate mobile site

I've had a look through this site and found several similar questions but none which address my current needs. Normally I create responsive sites but on occasion I will create a 'desktop' and a ...
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How do sites manage browser and mobile versions?

I build a website either by simple HTML/CSS, or I build one using Drupal or Wordpress, for modern PC browsers. Now, I want a mobile-friendly version of the site. What is considered some of the best ...
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https (SSL) instead of http for mobile users

I am building myself a new website, out of privacy and security concerns I am contemplating trying to make it https only. It will be mobile-friendly using media queries but I am concerned--especially ...
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Can I use CSS to hide the tracking gif used by Google Analytics Mobile?

I am redesigning my mobile website which uses a 1x1px Google Analytics for Mobile Websites tracking gif. The old design displayed the image at the foot of the page, but my new design hides the gif ...
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Extremely large spike in traffic on the 1st - 4th of every month from mobile browsers

I've noticed that on the 1st - 4th of the recent months (since January), several sites I maintain are getting thousands of requests from mobile browsers, whereas throughout the rest of the month, the ...
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Majority of mobile devices support media queries for screen width?

Where I can find statistics on what % of mobile devices browsing the web support media queries for screen widths? I want to know whether for mobile optimization I can assume the majority of users' ...
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which URL should I chose for mobile?

I was looking everywhere (as well as on Google's blog) and could not find a straight answer to this question: which URL is the best for mobile from an SEO perspective? Is there a difference between: ...
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Should mobile webpages have hreflang links to non-mobile pages?

My site has multilingual links, which are specified like this on non-mobile pages: <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="http://mydomain.com/page" /> <link rel="alternate" ...
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Webmaster Tools: Mobile Usability Warnings - How to deal with adverts?

I have received last week a warning from Google Webmaster Tools about the fact that my website is not mobile-friendly. And it is not. The reason why we didn't opt for a responsive design is that ...
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Mobile URL strategy

I am going to be using jQuery Mobile to create a mobile version of my site. My question is about the best practice on the location of the mobile site, specifically, the URL. I am looking into two ...
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Should I block indexing of my mobile site?

I notice that Yahoo and Bing have started indexing the mobile version of my website, which is located at /mobile from the root. All of the mobile content is just a reduced layout version of the real ...
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Google wrongly marks my mobile friendly site as not-friendly

I have a site for creating random passwords: http://passwordcreator.org I was very surprised to get a notice that the site has mobile problems because it is mobile friendly. Here are the things ...
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Are “m dot” sites a valid solution to Google's new “mobile-friendly” ranking algorithm?

Given a site which is not optimized for mobile (and not responsive), Google's new ranking algorithm, which is set to go into effect April 21, 2015, will result in a lower ranking. If the site does ...
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Will ranking be affected with a mobile XML sitemap for a mobile site with the same URLs as the desktop site?

We have a site with both a desktop version and a mobile version. Most of the content are the same and both versions have the same URL, but the HTML generated is device specific. Looking at Google's ...
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What are the most efficient/effective ways I can build a website for Mobile and Computer?

I want to make a website for one thing, I don't want to make two websites for one thing I want to make one. You probably agree with that. The problem is, we're walking away from this massive 22" ...
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Filtering desktop users by user agent string

In order to determine whether to serve the mobile or full version of my site by default, I use a service that examines requests to determine the type of device they originated from. However, calls to ...
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Javascript reliance an issue for mobile optimised sites?

I'm mobile optimising a site with media queries. As I understand mobile browsers are generally quite modern and can handle CSS3 etc well. So does this mean javascript reliance for the mobile version ...
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Contact details on a mobile site

On the mobile version of a site I am working on I would like the user to be able to download a contact card straight into their address book. Is this possible with microformats (or anything for that ...
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Mobile Browsers! Do they ignore `<noscript><img>` (Responsive Design with Framework Zurb Foundation (Interchange/Noscript))

Experimenting with Interchange Responsive Images I'm experimenting with Interchange by Zurb Foundation to serve various images versions to different devices. For example 200x100 for mobiles, 300x100 ...
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How is the scrolling in mobile browsers (touch) different from desktop browsers?

I know scrolling works differently on mobile devices since they don't fire the scroll event right away. What else is different? Where can I learn more about it? I want to know if it has any other ...
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How to externally host a mobile website?

I've built a cool mobile website/app using JQuery Mobile. I want to offer that to clients, but I want to use my own hosting. Here's what I want to do If a user uses a mobile device to visit ...
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Users narrowing window on desktop to see mobile version?

I know this is going to seem like a strange question, but are their any stats on users narrowing their browser window so that media queries kick in and display the mobile optimised version of the ...
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Should I create a mobile version of my site if my Adsense revenue is mostly from mobile visitors?

I have a website running Adsense. According to Google Analytics, most of the revenue is from mobile visitors. Currently the website does not have a mobile version and does not sport a ...
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Looking for a good mobile framework

I am looking for a good mobile framework. This is for a university library, providing access to some database resources, hours and the like. I have heard good things about the MIT Mobile Web Project ...
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What is the use case for Fax links in a webpage?

I've used tel: and mailto: to link to a phone number or email but how and why would I use fax: linking in a webpage? We currently take orders via fax. What would be the flow for a customer who clicks ...
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mobile subdomain seo optimization

Hi we developed a site and just released a subdomain for mobile mysite.com m.mysite.com we have different robots.txt and sitemaps for each so for a search engine they all look totally different ...
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Mobile device screen resolution statistics?

Are there any statistics (or an industry standard) for mobile device screen resolutions? I'm optimising a site for mobile. So far I've just used one media query and it works fine down to about 240px ...
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Add valuable dynamic content to a mobile oriented (local) website, any suggestions?

HI to all, I'm developing a mobile website containing some valuable dynamic content for people living in my city. I did find some useful informations that aren't available in a quick, light mobile ...
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Does every page HAVE to be mobile friendly even if its almost unimportant?

I received the following regarding a URL of a page recommending a feature that only applies to desktop users: Faulty Redirect URLs redirect to an irrelevant landing page instead of the ...
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Does Google Search know if your site is mobile?

When a user does a search from their desktop, do Google search results know if any site is mobile aware? Does that affect their placement? What if a site is responsive? Many mobile validators don't ...