Choosing an address for a mobile website
The subdomain is an extension of your root domain, with popular options being "m." or "touch.".
- Free to set up
- SEO friendly - Google treats subdomains as part of the root domain
- Easy to maintain - Since it is all stored under the same domain
- Cookies can be stored across both versions of the site
- Ambiguous - It might not be intuitive for people trying to access the mobile version of your site
This is a popular option and may work best for you, depending on what is required. The "m." gives the appearance that the site is separate from the desktop site, so you may want to leave it up to the user for which is best for them to navigate to.
- Free & simple to setup
- Harness the SEO power of the already existing site - the mobile site won''t have a separate ranking since it is under the main domain
- Maintaining two versions of the same site (mobile/desktop)
This method can be used when your mobile content does not completely mirror your desktop content. The freedom is there to put whatever you like into the mobile website. It also gives the appearance that both sites are related (indeed they are), given that they are both using the exact same domain.
- Ability to brand the website completely separately from the desktop version of the site
- Hasn''t taken off like subdomains
- More effort to type
- Costs involved
- Added maintenance of 2 separate websites
Responsive site that resize easily
One attractive option may be to develop the site so that it will respond and display for any device in which it is loaded. You may like to load different stylesheets and images based on the device, with the mobile version of the site obviously being lighter than the desktop version.
- Mobile and desktop in the same location
- 1 URL for all devices
- Possible costs in loading time
- Difficult/messy to maintain
I would suggest using this technique when you want all content from the mobile site to duplicate the desktop site. Each desktop page corresponds to the same page on a mobile, just displayed differently. Functionality can be stripped back when needed. This enables seamlessly moving between the desktop version and the mobile version of the site. It is worth considering whether the complexity of this solution is worthwhile to implement.