Web Developers: Deep linking is critical making alternate iPhone sites

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 | Business | by

It is cool that you “sniff” the end user’s device as iPhone and automatically redirect them to an iPhone friendly format of your website.

Don’t automatically redirect them to the home page.

If I’m browsing the internet on my iPhone, and click on a link to an article on … say fish … and I’m redirected to the home page because you want to show me the data in the right format, it pisses me off.

First of all, you should be happy you have a link to your site, don’t just land that user on the home page of your site.  You NEED to make sure that the user ends up at the article they are looking for.

Worse than that, it shouldn’t be hard to find any specific article from the home page of the site.

Finally — many of you “iPhone Version” web developers at least include a “use normal display” option, again, it shouldn’t just redirect you to the home page with the normal display.  Please use cookies and remember preferences for later too!

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[…] MeXKCD: Server Attention Span Monday, March 7th, 2011 | Business, Personal I’ve said it before, don’t redirect a mobile user asking for a specific page … TO THE HOME PAGE. It’s just not good for anybody.Now I see XKCD did a comic on it, […]

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