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With more sites moving towards responsive web design, many webmasters have questions about migrating from separate mobile URLs, also frequently known as "m-dot URLs", to using responsive web design. Here are some recommendations on how to move from separate urls to one responsive URL in a way that gives your sites the best chance of performing well on Google's search results.
Moving to responsive sites in a Googlebot-friendly way
Once you have your responsive site ready, moving is something you can definitely do with just a bit of forethought. Considering your URLs stay the same for desktop version, all you have to do is to configure 301 redirects from the mobile URLs to the responsive web URLs.
Here are the detailed steps:
- Get your responsive site ready
- Configure 301 redirects on the old mobile URLs to point to the responsive versions (the new pages). These redirects need to be done on a per-URL basis, individually from each mobile URLs to the responsive URLs.
- Remove any mobile-URL specific configuration your site might have, such as conditional redirects or a vary HTTP header.
- As a good practice, setup rel=canonical on the responsive URLs pointing to themselves (self-referential canonicals).
If you're currently using dynamic serving and want to move to responsive design, you don't need to add or change any redirects.
Some benefits for moving to responsive web design
Moving to a responsive site should make maintenance and reporting much easier for you down the road. Aside from no longer needing to manage separate URLs for all pages, it will also make it much easier to adopt practices and technologies such as hreflang for internationalization, AMP for speed, structured data for advanced search features and more.
As always, if you need more help you can ask a question in our webmaster forum.Posted by Cherry Prommawin, Webmaster Relations
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We will be sharing webmaster-related updates in our current and new blogs to make sure you have a place to follow the latest launches, updates and changes in Search in your languages! We will share links to relevant Help resources, educational content and events as they become available.
Just a reminder, here are some of the resources that we have available in multiple languages:
- Google.com/webmasters - documentation, support channels, tools (including a link to Search Console) and learning materials.
- Help Center - tips and tutorials on using Search Console, answers to frequently asked questions and step-by-step guides.
- Help forum - ask your questions and get advice from the Webmaster community
- YouTube Channel - recordings of Hangouts on Air in different languages are on our
- G+ community - another place we announce and share our Hangouts On Air
- PageSpeed insights - actionable insights on how to increase your site's performance
- Mobile-Friendly test - identify areas where you can improve your site's performance on Mobile devices
- Structure Data testing tool - preview and test your Structured Data markup
Some other valuable resources (English-only):
- Developer documentation on Search - a great resource where you can find feature guides, code labs, videos and links to more useful tools for webmasters.
If you have webmaster-specific questions, check our event calendar for the next hangout session or live event! Alternatively, you can post your questions to one of the local help forum, where our talented Product Experts from the TC program will try to answer your questions. Our Experts are product enthusiasts who have earned the distinction of "Top Contributor," or "Rising Star," by sharing their knowledge on the Google Help Forums.
If you have suggestions, please let us know in the comments below. We look forward to working with you in your language!
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