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December 26, 2015 - Cathy

Full List of Useful Mobile Testing Tools

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Why do you need a responsive theme

Only a few years back if you wanted to look at anything on the internet you had to power up your desk top or laptop computer and get yourself online. Today however things are very different indeed. Many people are online all of the time through their mobile phones and tablets. The problem is that your cell phone has a much smaller screen than your computer so if your website looked exactly as it did on your desktop you would have to scroll across the screen to take everything in due to the smaller viewing window. This of course would not provide a very good viewing experience hence the need for a theme that is able to adjust to the screen size that the website is being viewed on; a responsive theme.

Just what is a responsive theme

Putting it simply a responsive theme is one that will adjust the viewing experience based on the screen size that you are viewing the site on. This does not just mean that your site is reduced in size so that it is impossible to read the text on the site. A responsive theme will deliver your text, images, and menus very differently for a mobile screen so that your site is useable and readable on the smaller screen. Think of it as having several different layouts depending on the screen size. This is vital if you want users on smaller devices to be able to see what your site has to offer. Not only is this important to your users it is also part of the ranking signals that Google and the other search engines will use to see where your site should be ranked.

How to do mobile testing for your site

Cross device testing therefore is very important if you want to see how your visitors will see your site. However there can be far more to it than just looking at what your site will look like on different screens. There are different browsers and operating systems as well as a host of other variables that could affect not only how your site looks but also security. The following are some ways to do mobile testing for your site:

  1. Mobile Friendly test by Google 

mobile testingThis is a very simple tool for cross browser testing and will let you know how Google will see your site with regards to responsiveness. This tool is very handy if you want to know if there is likely to be any impact on your search result positions due to your site design. It does not however provide you with any information as to how your site will actually look.

  1. Am I responsive design

mobile testingThis is another simple to use web based tool in which you need only enter the URL of the site to be viewed. This also allows you to send links of how the different screens will look to your clients if you want them to see how your site will look on different devices. However it is very much based around apple devices rather than android.

  1. Matt Kersley

mobile bugThis tool will provide you with screen shots as to how your site will look on different size devices both android and apple.

If you want to see exactly how your site will perform you can also download their software onto your site to test directly.

  1. Responsive Design Checker

mobile bugThis tool is another easy to use site and you can view your site across different devices and also see how they perform in both portrait and landscape views.

  1. BrowserStack

cross device testingThis tool although similar to the ones above provides you the display based on specific models of cell phones that you could use so you can see exactly how your site will look on those models.

These tools for mobile testing will help you to see if you have a mobile bug preventing your site from displaying as you want at different resolutions as well as seeing exactly what your viewers will be presented with when they visit your site.
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