How do I make a website smart phone friendly?

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Please point me in the direction to make tomakinconstruction.com mobile friendly. I remember that Homestead had a link to Duda, Dadu, something like that a couple years ago. But when checking my account pages the link is now gone. 

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
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It looks like you found the link. Let us know if you need anything else.
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Hi Drew,

Yes I found the link to DUDA on Google. But the link I was refering to was on the Homestead account page. I used it on a couple other sites and it was easy. But now when I look for it so I can use it for this site, it doesn't show up.

Anyway, if I use the DUDA website to sign up will I need to do anything with Homestead?

Thanks again for the help.
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I have just disabled the Duda. It is possible that it will take some time to propagate, so check your site on mobile a few times before testing against Google. Their tool will only work if the redirect is working correctly.
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Thanks Drew. I'll try it before work tomorrow and let you know how it works. 

Thanks again.
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Steve,

I was just running the Google mobile-friendly test on your site -- most of the time I get the "unable to fetch" message, but occasionally it passes. When it fails, I keep hitting "analyze" until it passes (I also clear my recent history in between tests, just in case that has any affect on it).  Hopefully by tomorrow it will be working 100%.  However, when I attempt to go to your site with my desktop computer using Firefox, I occasionally get this message:

"The connection was reset

The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.

The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments.
If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network connection.
If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

Try again"

When I try again, it loads correctly.  I don't know why that happens, but it may explain why the Google mobile friendly test is often saying "unable to fetch".

To answer an earlier question, it's ok to add the identical redirect to all your pages (so that if someone with a mobile device tries to go to those pages, they will be redirected to your mobile index page), but in the future, you could create new mobile pages for wall repair, popcorn texture, wall textures, ceiling repair, etc. and change the redirect on your desktop pages to point to those new mobile pages.
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Good morning George and Drew,

This is what I've done:

I've changed the url on the re-direct script to 
http://drywall-repair-system.homestead.com/mobile/mobile.html
and placed the script on all possible landing pages.

I hope I got the script correct.

<script type="text/javascript">
<!--
if (screen.width <= 699) {
document.location = "http://drywall-repair-system.homestead.com/mobile/mobile.html";
}
//-->
</script>

On the desktop index page I've changed the link so it points to
http://drywall-repair-system.homestead.com/mobile/mobile.html
as a url direct and not an existing page link.

On the mobile page I've changed the index link to point to
http://www.tomakinconstruction.com/index.html
as a url direct and not an existing page link.

I hope these changes don't create any problems but after trying a number of times to test my domains mobile page to check for mobile friendlyness and failing I switched to the .homestead domain. The .homestead domain mobile page passed everytime I tried. If needed I can change all scripts back to my domains url fairly quickly.

However this raised a question I don't understand. Why does the exact same mobile page pass when using the .homestead domain yet has "fetching" problems when using the tomakinconstruction.com domain?

Concerning Firefox and Chrome taking so long to load, not finding the page, page not available, etc., Is that a server problem, an isp problem, browser problem? Any advice is appreciated.

I also wanted to thank both of you for your help. Your information was easy to understand and addressed my concerns accurately. And to be honest, I was a bit uneasy about creating a mobile page but you guys made it simple and much quicker than I thought it would be.

Now if we can just get the domain issues worked out, I'll be as happy as a tornado in a trailer park.

Thanks again.
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Hi Steve,

Sorry for not responding sooner.  I saw your post early this morning, but I wanted to read some more about this problem before getting back to you.

If you do a google search for "google mobile friendly failed to fetch the requested URL", you will find lots of people reporting that problem, but I haven't been able to find anyone who has a solution to it (I am sure there is a fix, but after reading through several posts, I haven't been able to find it).

Here are some diagnostic tools that I have come across:

http://www.ragepank.com/redirect-check/

When I used it to check http://www.tomakinconstruction.com, it occasionally will report:

"http://www.tomakinconstruction.com returns no response" (it says, "This is unusual, and you may want to investigate this further")

However, occasionally the test will report:

"http://www.tomakinconstruction.com returns a 200 (OK) response. PR N/A"  (which is good)

Also, the test reports:

"12 pages are doing a 302 temporary redirect. It is probably better to change these to a 301 redirect, which is search engine friendly"

When I ran the test on my website (which passes the mobile-friendly test), it reported similar 302 temporary redirects and recommended changing them to 301 permanent redirects.

Curiously, if you run that test on http://drywall-repair-system.homestead.com, it reports only 301 permanent redirects (no 302 temporary redirects), so even though it may not be the cause of the problem, it appears that the .homestead URL is more search engine friendly than your domain URL.

In addition, if you run that test on http://drywall-repair-system.homestead.com, it ALWAYS reports:

"http://drywall-repair-system.homestead.com returns a 200 (OK) response. PR N/A" 

which may explain why it is mobile-friendly and your domain URL often is not.


If you go to:

http://www.intodns.com/tomakinconstruction.com

It reports that everything is OK or Good (my site shows similar results).


If you go to:

http://mxtoolbox.com/domain/tomakinconstruction.com/

It reports an error and several warnings, but my site (which passes the mobile-friendly test) returns the same results


If you go to:

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

and have it analyze http://www.tomakinconstruction.com

It frequently will report that PageSpeed was unable to connect to the server.


I really do not know what all this means, but hopefully it will provide some clues as to what might be causing the problem.

P.S.  It looks like your domain name is registered with Homestead (my domain name is also registered with Homestead).
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I'll have to do some looking at this as well. As for page speed. One easy thing to start with is to click on each image on a page and use the optimize button. This will resize the image consistent with the size on the page. This will improve page speed.
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Hi Drew,

If you go to:

http://validator.w3.org/

and have it validate:

http://www.tomakinconstruction.com

 it comes back with this message:

___________

                             
                                    Sorry! This document cannot be checked.
  1. Error

    I got the following unexpected response when trying to retrieve <http://www.tomakinconstruction.com/>:

    500 Status read failed: Connection reset by peer

    If you made recent changes to your domain name (DNS) configuration, you may also want to check that your domain records are correct, or ask your hosting company to do so.

___________

If you have it validate:

http://drywall-repair-system.homestead.com

it comes back with 55 errors, 3 warnings.

I don't know what this means, but it is finding a difference between the .homestead URL and the domain URL (even though it's the same webpage).
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Hi George,

Mobile.dudamobile.com? I admit that a year or two ago I messed around with the free duda offer from Homestead. I don't remember the specific domains I used but after quite a few attempts of using the Duda builder I came to the conclusion that I didn't like the way any of it worked or the way the final product appeared. Lazyness? Who knows. Besides, at that time all the search engines were crawling my sites and presenting the sites to desktops AND mobile devices.

So it is very possible that I'm the one to blame for the mobile.dudamobile.com 404 re-direct. I can't say for sure that I actually canceled the account(s?). I do know that I cancelled/deleted the website(s). And as I said before, it was a year or two ago. Maybe longer. I honestly don't remember. But if it fixes the problem I'll gladly take the blame
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The problem isn't your fault, Steve.  When Dudamobile sites are deleted, the redirects remain active and the only way to get rid of them is to ask Homestead to remove it.  I'm just glad the problem isn't anything else because that's an easy fix for Drew!
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Good morning Drew,

Would you please remove the duda re-direct from tomakin.com as suggested by George? 

However, if a re-direct is not to blame any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Steve
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Good morning. I hope you folks had a good Thanksgiving. The Dudamobile was active on that site. I have removed it, but there will be a propagation time, so it won't work immediately.
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Thank you, Drew.  Hope you had a good Thanksgiving, too!
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I just checked and tomakin.com is now mobile friendly.  Thanks awesome, Drew!
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Hey Guys,

Thanks! I appreciate how quickly this has been resolved and how spot-on the advice, suggestions, etc. were. As stated before, I couldn't have done it without you.

I hope you guys have a great holiday and I'll be bragging about the both of you at my local watering hole.

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