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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

How to Redirect Mobile Traffic to the Mobile Version of a Website

 

In the past I have written articles about the growing importance of creating a mobile website. I am currently in the process of creating yet another article with an update on the basic methods of creating a mobile website based on StepForth’s own work so that hopefully more people will take the time to do so. During my writing I came up with some burning questions:

  1. Once I have a website how do I ensure mobile users find it? The obvious answer was a redirection of some sort but what kind?
  2. Is there a simple answer to the most popular programming languages online?

I plowed through endless articles and tutorials that were often jam-packed with bafflegab only understandable to programmers – a group I am far from apt to join. After a while I finally came up with some answers but frankly I found the process exhausting and it became clear I had better share my findings so that others could benefit from my research. As a result, here is my latest addition to StepForth’s Web Marketing Knowledgebase: How to Redirect Mobile Traffic to Mobile Content.

I must note that I am still far from confident that I have acquired all of the answers but I did provide at least one solution for redirecting mobile traffic within each of the most common web languages; PHP, ASP and ColdFusion.

If you are not of the faint of heart and you want to dive deeper into the world of mobile redirection and design I urge you to visit the Wireless Universal Resource File (WURFL).

by Ross Dunn, CEO, StepForth Web Marketing Inc.

3 Responses to “How to Redirect Mobile Traffic to the Mobile Version of a Website”

  1. Chris Smith

    The php script seems to work well. I’ve successfully tested it on a couple of devices.

    Thanks for publishing it.

    Chris

  2. Timothy

    The link to http://www.stepforth.com/faq/mobile-redirects.html seems to be broken. Do you happen to have a replacement url? I know this is an old article but I just stumbled upon it and am eager to see how you approached the redirect. Thank you!

  3. Ross Dunn

    Hi Tim, thanks for the heads up! It seems that page got lost in the move from our old site. Anyway, it is live again here: http://www.stepforth.com/resources/web-marketing-knowledgebase/redirect-mobile-iphone-visitors-mobile-content/
    Please note, I can’t attest to its accuracy now because it is a couple of years old. That said, my quick review gave me the impression it was accurate.

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