The User-Agent is a central piece of web architecture and plays an important role in content negotiation. It is was created with the express intention of building the ability to address users making requests with different clients or ‘agents’ differently, depending on capabilities or context. This article will answer many of questions you may have around User-Agents, how they work and how they can be used.
Device detection is a flexible tool that companies may use in many ways to get a better understanding of their customers. Detecting a web visitor's mobile network is a useful but little-known technique which you can get access to by using DeviceAtlas.
Using an accurate device detection solution is crucial for all businesses working in the online space. If done right, it allows you to accurately target advertising, optimize web content and analyse web traffic to maximize revenues from online sources. But to get device detection right you need a reliable, fast and accurate method which is hard to build on your own.
Device detection makes it possible to identify web-enabled devices requesting online content. Given that it is generally based on analysing User-Agent strings, it is often referred to as User-Agent lookup or User-Agent parsing. Here’s how mobile device detection works.
With so many devices connected to the internet most companies have understood the need for a reliable way to determine what devices their customers are using. However, not all businesses have a full understanding of what is possible with a device detection solution.
Allowing web crawlers to scan your site is a necessity if you want your web pages to appear in Google, Bing or other search results. But at the same time, excessive traffic caused by non-human visitors can be costly in terms of bandwidth, website stability, and even potential outages. To help you understand web crawlers, bots and spiders visiting your site we released the most recent list of top 20 bots including their user agents.
Sound understanding of user devices is critical in today’s online world where so many devices allow users to access websites. Using a device detection solution is the only way to acquire this knowledge in real time, and use it to drive business decisions. In this article we’ll explain what device detection really is. We’ll also explore some technical difficulties which make accurate detection so tricky.
The User-Agent (UA) string is contained in the HTTP headers and is intended to identify devices requesting online content. The User-Agent tells the server what the visiting device is (among many other things) and this information can be used to determine what content to return. Of course this requires using a device detection solution which translates UAs into understandable software and hardware information.
If you're looking to provide your visitors with a device-optimized experience that works great on any screen, you need a reliable method for device detection including a way to detect the mobile browser. This is a very common technique used by all top Internet companies that chose to build fast and lightweight adaptive websites.