In 2013, Eric Schmidt, then CEO of Google stated – “The trend has been that mobile was winning. It’s now won.”
We all have to agree that mobile phones have become an important aspect of our daily life today. Human dependence on the mobile and its use is increasingly growing, even faster than predictions. In today’s date, if your website is to rank higher on the Google’s SERP, it needs to be mobile friendly. Wondering why? Well, let’s see – (i) It is SEO friendly; (ii) Half of internet access is through mobile devices; (iii) Google is crawling and indexing mobile first. Now it should be clear to you why you need to develop Responsive web designs. But, first let’s understand what it means to be responsive.
A Responsive web design uses a code which can identify from which device the website is being viewed. It then understands the characteristics of the device (such as the screen size, configuration) and adjusts and rearranges the configuration, interface, and different elements (such as layout, width, columns, images, navigation etc.) of the page to fit to the visitor device.
How To Test Your Website In Different Mobile Devices?
‘Responsive Checker Tools’ are the tools which can be used to test is responsiveness of a website. It should be clear by its names that these Tools can be used to make sure that a website is running across a large number of devices; all the while providing great user experience. These tools will take into consideration a number of screen sizes of various iOS and Android devices, and their varying configurations, etc.
Other than that, there are other options which are listed below –
- Mobile Device Test Suite
It consists of some very popular web browsing devices. It thus allows for physical testing in real-time conditions. This requires some investment, but can come useful for website development companies
- Testing On Real Devices
Real-time User experience factors such as network conditions, pixel densities, page load time, etc can be experienced if tested on real mobile devices. Simply use your own, your friend’s, your relatives, smart phones which are iOS or Android, etc. of varying screen sizes, etc. and open your website on these devices using various browsers.
- Software Emulators
Software emulators can be used as substitute for the real hardware. iOS Simulators and Android Emulators test native applications. They have default web browsers for various devices and gives an approximation of how webpages are rendered on the devices.
How To Test Your Website In Different Browsers?
‘Cross Browser Testing Tools’ are the tools which can be used to test whether a website is able to run across different browsers. Under browser testing, there are various tests which are considered including – HTML/XHTML, CSS validation; Ajax and JQeury functionality testing; Page Validation; Font Size Validation; Page layout validation within various resolutions; Page styles testing; Page content alignment to LHS, RHS, or center testing; Page zoom-out and zoom-in functionality testing; Images testing; Date format testing; Header and footer section testing; and ultimately testing across different Operating Systems and Browsers.
There are a number of Tools which are Responsive Checker as well as Cross Browser Testers, some of which includes the below –
- BrowserStack Live
An online tester tool which provides access to about 1200 real mobile devices as well as browsers. You can test websites across variety of Android as well as iOS platforms.
- CrossBrowser Testing
A Robust tool with about 1500real mobile and desktop browsers, real android and iOS devices testing. It is also a tool for debugging, and visual testing too.
This tool uses mobile browser emulator, to ensure that a website is working well on any mobile device. There are extra features within this tool which allows for taking screen shots of responsive design, and even screen and mobile recording. Its functions include standalone desktop web browser testing, and automated functional testing
- LT Browser
LT browser enables testing of website and web applications across more than 25 devices and 25 mobile resolutions for being responsive designs. It also allows for taking mobile video recording just like MultiBrowser
This is a functional and UI automated browser testing tool which enables checking the browser compatibility on various browsers as well as operating systems, for websites as well as web applications. It provides about 1500 real test environments and gives real-time access to latest devices, browsers, resolutions, and operating systems too
- Lambda Test
This is a testing tools which gives real-time access to about 2000 online browsers and operating systems. It lets you do an online browser compatibility testing and also allows to run test on all mobile devices such as lists of iPads & iPhones, and android too.
This tool performs mobile testing, and regression testing, and cross-browser testing too. It supports major browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.
- Ranorex Studio
These tools enable rendering Responsive design testing across devices and browsers and can be used by developers.