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 'mobile' site.
These sites use the same content from the same database but this is served different in html.
I use browser detection to determine which html is served. I realise that it is arguable whether these two constitute separate 'sites' but this is the term I shall be using for this question.
My current preference is to keep the url exactly the same between the two sites. No prefix or suffix like
Apart from domain cookies / session I don't know what else could be affected by this though. Since lots of sites out there use, for example,
m. I assume there is some benefit. Can anyone please shed some light on why this might be?
If I had separate content then I would probably feel
m. was appropriate but since it is exactly the same content and hierarchy I don't see the point.
Additionally the single url allows for easy sharing cross device (mobile to desktop).
So what, if any, are the benefits of using a separate url for a mobile site where the mobile and desktop version share the same content?
To be be clear, there is a way to view the desktop site on a mobile using a link. Additionally I can make it work so that appending
/mobile/ or prepending
m. would return the mobile version but the addition would not persist through the site.
I should have made this clear before. I am using a CMS with a url rewriter built in (in fact it is always used, regardless of how many sites you have, to create friendly urls). Due to the nature of the sites I make, cookies are unavoidable.