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Mobile Compatibility - Google puts sites on notice

Discussion in 'Design' started by Webzcas, Mar 3, 2015.

    Mar 3, 2015
  1. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming! Staff Member

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    Webmasters have been put on notice from google that they will start ranking websites higher which are deemed mobile friendly. This will come into place on 21st April.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    You can check your website here to see if it meets google's requirements:

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    So I hope most of you aren't in my position, as this has provided me with even more work to do :mad:
     
  2. Mar 3, 2015
  3. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    This is asinine. The static part of this site is massive and reads perfectly well in either a phone or tablet. I guess Google wants the entire Internet to look like CNN or another douchey looking app site. They should leave well enough alone.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2015
  5. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming! Staff Member

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    Agreed. The mobile themes and skins are bloody awful. Even on my iPhone I always choose the desktop version if allowed. As for both my iPad and my wife's iPad mini all my sites display perfectly fine. As do the desktop versions of all the sites I frequent. Case in point, football live scores section of the BBC. The mobile site is much restricted in comparison.

    Hey ho. Always another curveball to deal with.
     
  6. Mar 3, 2015
  7. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    What I would have to do is to convert the static pages (there are tens of thousands I believe) into some cheesy mobile friendly template, or import all of this into the CMS - which is already mobile/tablet friendly. I would prefer to keep these the pages where they are, and just come up with a template that mobiles detect.

    Or copy the static site to casinomeister.mobi into a template and redirect mobile traffic there. I would just have to ensure all new static pages would be loaded on both domains.

    Any ideas on how to effectively manage this? I'm all ears (and eyes).
     
  8. Mar 3, 2015
  9. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    I've checked this company out:
    You must register/login in order to see the link.
    $8 a month for a DIY kit, but it seems that they can't exclude folders - like the forum. So that wouldn't work unless I moved the content to the mobi site and redirected mobile traffic to there.
     
  10. Mar 17, 2015
  11. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming! Staff Member

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    Webmaster
    Location:
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    Got OCR Mobile compliant, but the look sucks. :mad:

    But got a guy who is going to come up with a more pleasing on the eye theme for mobiles and tablets. At least OCR is now ready for the big date in April. Now just got to do my other sites. :rolleyes:
     

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  12. Mar 17, 2015
  13. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    The thing is, I believe you will only be penalized in Google mobile searches. And I am unsure how Google will deal with sites that are half-mobile friendly while the other half isn't - like CM (and GG for that matter).

    Did you mobile-friendly the entire site? How many pages were there?
     
  14. Mar 17, 2015
  15. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming! Staff Member

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    I'm using a CMS so able to apply the mobile theme site wide. Static pages 498, plus several thousand on the old forum ( running on Xenforo ) which I am resurrecting and isn't live live yet ( ie not pushed ), which is using Tapatalk and is mobile compliant.

    Yes, you are right it will only penalise serps served to mobile devices, but take a look at the results of some of the publicly listed companies and you will see mobile gaming is making big inroads. 32Red's latest results being a good recent example: You must register/login in order to see the link.

    Good news for you Bryan is your forum is Mobile Friendly. Just the small matter of the rest of the site :cool:
     
  16. Mar 17, 2015
  17. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    That's the thing - I'm not sure how effective the CMS is considereing SEO. The Accredited Casinos are listed with a handful of reviews linked to the listing pages.

    The accred casino pages that are only listed in the CMS are shit when it comes to SEO. The reviewed static pages in my opinion are better optimized and have a nicer look in a normal desktop. For example compare these two:

    CMS
    http://www.casinomeister.com/forums/content.php?r=162-7Sultans-Online-Casino

    Static:
    http://www.casinomeister.com/accredited_casinos/guts.php

    The 7sultans is buried SEO-wise. Guts is the second result for "guts casino review"

    So that's my dilemma. I was considering bringing the Rogue section over to the CMS where I can categorize rogues, etc., but then it may lose it's search rankings. Or. I come up with a solution like special templates or whatever.
     
  18. Mar 17, 2015
  19. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming! Staff Member

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    Webmaster
    Location:
    Block S25, South Stand, Ashton Gate, BS3
    Thinking out loud, but surely all you would need is css for the mobile theme/template and use htaccess to switch to it if a mobile device lands on that page. I doubt it would cost too much to get developed bespoke for you either. I'm seeing Simmo this afternoon, will see what he thinks.
     

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