To remove Duda’s Mobile pages from your Go Daddy website:
- Use the easy “turn off mobile” button on your web hosting control panel
- Open up your DNS Manager.
- In the CNAME alias entries, change the mobile entry to an @ symbol. (You will notice the existing entry contains the word Dudas in it. Erase all of it and replace it with just an @ symbol. This is the function that re-directs your mobile visitors to a Dudas version of your site. The @ symbol tells the device to load your regular homepage as-is without re-directing elsewhere)
So there’s the solution I found before I explain how and why I had to do what I did!
I got the notices from Go Daddy and thought they were just new upselling features and promptly ignored the obvious notices. DOH! Well come to find out they changed how they handle mobile device web hosting – a BIG change I should have been paying attention to. I love Go Daddy and have been a happy customer for a while now. I wouldn’t switch to another web host – been there don’t want to go back!
So I buy some ads on Facebook bragging about a great webpage my viewers should go see and lo and behold, Duda Mobile doesn’t support or translate that page through their services.
So I go in through Go Daddy’s Duda mobile design tool and set up my site so it works. It looks like it works, and it does work……but if you click a link that goes directly to a sub-page on the website you end up with a 404 page not found error. If you go to that page from the main website homepage it does work….just not directly. So, all the web traffic I got through my Facebook ad was a waste – they all got 404 errors!
I rewrote my Facebook ad to re-route visitors to the main page and from there they can follow the link to the specific page I wanted them to see. This doesn’t work for me when I’m trying to market a specific page, and what about the organic search people who find a sub-page of my website on Google? Apparently, they are all ending up on 404 pages!
So I go back to the Duda toolbar to see if I can get all my sub pages added so that I won’t end up with 404 errors. They allow you to add your main page navigation menu pages but that’s it. There’s a feature to add more pages, but it won’t scan your whole website and add all the existing pages from your existing website, just the main navigation menu items. This doesn’t work for my site because I have over 300 webpages total – no way am I going to manually add all these pages and basically re-write the WHOLE website.
So I Google around and find out that Google suggests writing ONE html webpage and adding separate CSS instructions for mobile. This is their suggested number one option for handling mobile web design. As an SEO conscious designer, I want to, of course, use Google’s suggested method. So I gave my website a drastic “haircut” and moved a lot of materials to my blog and simplified the options and features of my website to become more mobile friendly. I then created some extra smaller scale images and used CSS instructions so mobile users wouldn’t have to wait ten years for my webpage to fully load. My mobile friendly re-design isn’t complete and I know I have a lot tweaking to do with photo sides shows and larger images, but the basic functions should all work now.
This new way of coding my website and using a clean single html with multiple CSS instructions makes it so I know everyone is getting the same webpage with the same updates. Sounds great in theory, but Duda was still re-directing my site to ther own mobile version.
If you are having the same issue and want to un-install Duda’s mobile pages – click the uninstall and choose whatever reason you feel you want to remove Duda. I choose poor performance due to the problem with people trying to go directly to subpages and getting 404 errors. I can’t be losing all of my mobile organic search traffic due to their inability to correctly route them!
After you perform the easy one click “turn off mobile” button you have to go into your DNS manager from your Go Daddy control panel. Open your DNS Manager and go down the list until you gt to the CNAME alias section. Change the mobile entry from Duda’s information to an “@” symbol instead. Using the “@” symbol tells the device to load the regular homepage address without re-directing it elsewhere. Before you do this, make sure your regular home page has mobile friendly coding!
If they ever figure out a solution to this re-direct error I might be interested in using their mobile design tools. They are easy to use and actually fun to design mobile pages. Having a separate mobile pages may not be a bad thing, but I can’t use this service if it drops everyone not going through the homepage to access the sub-pages.
I’m not a coding or software/server expert, just a simple do-it-yourself-er that wants to control my own web presence. If you find simple easy solutions to complex coding and internet problems, feel free to share them here on my blog comments!