Since my original posts on mobile redirection in .htaccess files I’ve gotten some comments and emails asking for step-by-step guidance on exactly how to “install” these rules. I hope this post will answer some of those questions.
Before you continue reading, if you have php installed on your server, you may want to consider Andy Moore’s php based detection solution.
First off, some basic requirements. You’ll need:
- Apache/Linux Hosting. Microsoft’s IIS has a completely different method for handling this sort of thing.
- FTP access.
- Apache mod_rewrite enabled. Depending on the type of hosting you have, it may be difficult to determine if you have this module installed and it may be impossible to enable if you don’t. If the steps below simply don’t seem to work, there is a good chance you don’t have mod_rewrite installed. Ask your tech support.
- Mobile site in a subdirectory, eg. www.yourdomain.com/m/. This set of rules I’ve posted will not work with a mobile subdomain.
- Download mobilerules2.1.txt.
- Open the file in your favorite text editor, replace the 2 instances of “mobiledirectoryhere” (without quotes) with the directory name you are using for your mobile site. Save it.
- Open FTP client, enable ‘view hidden files’ – files beginning with a dot are hidden on linux. This option is typically buried in a “view” menu or something to that effect. Results may vary.
- Navigate to your site’s webroot (probably ‘htdocs’ or ‘www’).
- Your Done. Test it from a mobile device.
If you have any questions please leave a comment.
Note: This script treats all opera mini, iphone and android the same as other phones and browsers. Leave some comments if you’d like me to address this.