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    Default Check this mobile site without .M nor .mobile nor .mobi and no www

    Just came across this site which has a mobile and a full version both running on the same .com address.
    And no www either.

    And the strange thing to me is that both the mobile and the desktop site show the same url

    http://arstechnica.com/

    At the bottom right of the full desktop page there is a "VIEW MOBILE SITE" link that takes you to the mobile site.

    At the top right and bottom of the mobile page there is a "FULL SITE" link which takes you to the full desktop site.


    I have never come across this before. Has anyone else? Any more examples of this? Is this something new?
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    I think that's just device detection, isn't it? Except that they also give the user the option to choose the mobile version even if viewing it on a PC.

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    Yes, this has been possible for several years; device detection with user over-ride option (i.e. you get served up with the site the auto-detect thinks you'll want depending on what device you're using... but then you have the option to view the alternative).

    This ability is precisely why the likes of myself, Pred and many others here are so frustrated, perplexed even.... as to why end users haven't cottoned on to the massive potential for sector busting .mobi domains (one word generics, keywords & terms) where they can serve full-size and mobile sites via auto-detect and a one-click option for the viewer.

    We're seeing great domains going unused all the time... when they have great branding potential..... thanks for posting Fred.

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    Anyhow
    If you don't own the dotcom, you can't do that !

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    Cookie is being used to switch between versions, its simple
    If you are using firefox
    right click page >> view page info >> security >> view cookies >> check the value of the cookie __set3
    *presto* you find mobile written there in cookie details if you are using mobile version, if you are using pc version you will find v6 written in that cookie details.

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    aha

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    Strictly speaking this is the best way to go for a lot of sites ... now that mobility.mobi is no longer 100% about dot mobi maybe we can say that ... !

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