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You have Data Saver turned on in the settings of Google Chrome. It proxies all your HTTP (not HTTPS or incognito) traffic through an optimisation server at Google to make the pages smaller.


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There is a tool available from google that can measure your site's compliance with the new mobile requirements: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/


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Mobile to desktop version should be a choice the user initiates. Sometimes the user may want the mobile version due to: 1) A focused and less cluttered experience 2) Faster browsing for low-bandwidth users (e.g. laptop with a 3G connection) 3) Ability to fit on a small screen Whatever the reason, I don't think deciding for your users is right. Let the ...


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Sure. Obviously, it would be better to use CSS alone but if you can't, use what you have. Do as much as you can with CSS and use JS as needed. Not sure why you can't change the existing CSS but you can add a style sheet with JS. (function() { //create a new element var newStyle = document.createElement("link"); //set the required attribute for a ...


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If you’re referring to whether or not your site is mobile friendly according to Google then use the mobile-friendly tool. You can verify whether it has kicked in by searching for your domain on a mobile device and looking for the “Mobile-friendly” tag in the SERP. If you recently updated your site it could take a few days for it to show up. If you want to ...


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The important thing to know is that (as stated here) the change only applies to mobile searches: This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. If you do not have a mobile friendly site, your ranking on desktop Google searches should not be affected. Google may not class it as ...


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Computers, mobiles and tablets can send fax's with software, its just like sending an email, it was added to rfc2086 15 years ago but it never took off and as far as I know no major browsers support href="fax:" they do however support href="tel:" that can be used just the same to send a fax using software. 2.3 "fax" URL scheme The URL syntax is ...


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As defined by Ethan Marcotte in ALA 306, the term "responsive design" refers to the technique of applying differing style rules to your HTML depending on user screen size. For more explanation of responsive design, here's a nice deck by Mike Bollinger. In this model, you send the exact same HTML to the client whether the screen is small or large. However, ...


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Probably not. It is likely that the QR code simply encodes the URL. There is not likely to be any further information contained in it that would enable you to detect that the referral came from a QR code, and the User-Agent: string is likely to be that of the web browser that the URL was passed to rather than the QR code scanner program. See also https://...


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The current GoogleBot Smartphone agent, as tested with the 'Fetch as Google' Tool is essentially a fake iPhone using a headless Webkit Engine, running on a Linux x86_64 desktop machine. The default non-responsive viewport width is that of an iPhone at 980px. With a viewport <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1"> applied, ...


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The best course of action is to use canonical URLs. This avoids a situation where you are penalized for duplicate content. When it comes to desktop vs mobile websites, most sites will have something like this on their mobile website: Example for: http://m.mywebsite.com/page.html <link rel="canonical" href="http://mywebsite.com/page.html" /> The ...


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Panic not! From: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2015/02/finding-more-mobile-friendly-search.html Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. [Update] Please note: John Mueller has just told us that this only effects searches made by mobile users. To quote: Just to be clear about the ...


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If you can, the best option is to use responsive design, and make your site work well in all modern mobile devices on the same domain and URL. However, there are some situations where a different site is a better option. For example, when most of your audience has old mobile equipment, you think your users will prefer a different experience, or there is ...


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Mobile browser market share StatCounter offers a rough indication of mobile browser usage share in their Top Mobile Browsers from Sept 2010 to Sept 2011 chart, which Wikipedia has made sense of in this table. Ranked from most to least popular: iPhone + iPod Touch (22.84%) Opera Mini (22.24%) Android (20.21%) Nokia (12.57%) BlackBerry (9.51%) UC Browser (...


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In my experience, mobile visitors want the same content as your desktop visitors do. I worked for a travel website with lots of information about hotels and restaurants. The site is generally known for hotels, but we thought that mobile users would be much more interested in restaurant content because they we looking for something when they were out. ...


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Unfortunately, having the same content on a mobile page would be considered a duplicate. This is among the few legitimate sources of inevitable content duplication, along with syndicated content and news/blog homepages. But if you just have a single URL for each page and simply switching the CSS based on cookies, then there's really only one page. This is ...


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Resizing during a session, or actual browser window size vs screen size? It's impractical (See @JacobHume's comment below) to tell if a user is changing the window size while browsing but Chris Coyier over at CSS Tricks has come up with a way to track the window size onLoad, (results below) and zachstronaut has a similar method using Google Analytics. ...


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Google announced that they will start penalizing pages that are not mobile friendly in the mobile search results: Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will ...


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A responsive layout will also benefit your advertisers so they should be behind you on this. the largest being 728x90 This should obviously be 100% width on a small screen (and possibly the same for your other "banners"), however, it may need redesigning to work properly on mobile (the height is unlikely to be sufficient if simply scaled down). But, as ...


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You can use Safari with select menu : Develope -> User Agents -> Iphone/iPod/ iPad to Simulate testing in iPhone/ iPod/ iPad device. In Firefox, you can add plugin FireMobileSimulator to simulate testing in some specific Japan mobile (Docomo, Softbank, ...)


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Personally I am a fan of the one domain approach like you are doing but just thought I would also provide few more considerations to add to the already good advice given by others here. SEO is a major reason for going with two domains OR one. Two domains = two seperate marketable sites and one can be posted in app market places. On the other hand you're ...


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MP3 MP3 is the most popular format and it's supported by most of phones, including Android, Windows Phone, Symbian... iPhone? m4r iPhone apparently uses another format, M4R, as I understand it's just a regular iTunes AAC with a different extension. It's very easy to convert an MP3 to iPhone ringtone. see this What to do You can either add two ...


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No. Google does not even prioritise mobile sites on its mobile search. Just search for some big sites like Facebook or Wikipedia - it shows their regular sites, not mobile sites. That's not to say it won't change in the future. Furthermore, don't forget the user experience: if your site doesn't work well on mobile, users may go elsewhere.


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Yes and no. I have a website that has two versions of the site. One for desktop, one for mobile. The mobile website has a fixed viewport of 380 and according to Google's Mobile Ready Test my website is mobile friendly. It also shows up in mobile search results as being mobile friendly. Google says that a fixed width viewport is accepted but it is not ...


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Compress resources with GZIP This is another one of those things where new technology is being shoved into our faces and some companies and/or tools aren't setup to handle it (such as the Google page speed insights). After looking at the new compression info, it seems only newer web browsers support it. A large number of tools and web servers still ...


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Well, the answer to your question is twofold: A mobile version of your website will not have an impact on your desktop version, since the sites are targeted at different user groups. Google does have a dedicated mobile bot, the Googlebot-Mobile. So this bot will crawl, index and rank your mobile version. Important fact to know, if you want your mobile ...


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As Raynos said, Andriod devices and iPhones/iPads are just fine. You can even use jquery mobile in order to take advantage of events that exists only in mobile devices, like touch, tap, rotate... Relying heavily on javascript is never recommended however, ie, your website should work with only HTML and CSS. With less features, effects, but should work. ...


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Yes. It will still be downloaded and function correctly as a tracking gif, even with display:none. You can test this for yourself by adding an onload attribute to the image: <img src="image.gif" style="display:none" onload="alert('Image loaded!')" /> This will cause a JavaScript popup to display when the image is downloaded, even though you won't see ...


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You'd have to reprint the code, most QR readers launch the phone's browser so there is nothing for you to detect on the web front end to redirect the incoming link. Options:- Reprint the material Print stickers and literally sticker over the code (pain but we've all had to do it at some point) Redirect all mobile traffic to /code/ until you can reprint the ...


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To redirect only mobile traffic to a mobile domain there are a few options:- Simple Based on screen resolution (my favorite as it's fairly future proof) <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- if (screen.width <= 699) { document.location = "www.mobileurl.com"; } //--> </script> More granular control http://detectmobilebrowsers.mobi/...


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