Among the most popular web design trends of 2015 is the shift to mobile-friendly websites. With the increasing popularity of mobile devices, businesses can no longer afford to design their sites solely for display on a computer screen. People are browsing, researching projects, and shopping via their smartphones and tablets of more varying screen sizes than ever. Have you seen what your website looks like from an iPhone? How about from a Samsung Galaxy Note?
Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting an omni-device user experience. With carefully designed, mobile-friendly sites, users should be able to access your company’s online presence from their smartphones and have an experience that suits the context of being on a smaller screened, mobile device of whatever size.
Here are five tools to test whether your website is up-to-date with 2015 mobile trends:
MobileTest.me is an excellent site that allows you to choose from a variety of mobile and tablet devices in order to test the functionality of your website. Through this emulator, you can see how well your website translates to a smaller screen. The convenient sharing option allows you to share the results with your team members. You also have the option of altering screen orientation or turning off responsive mode entirely.
mobiReady is a testing service that provides you with a free report on your website, giving you a rating on a scale of one to five for how mobile-friendly your website is. You will also receive an analysis of your website’s specific challenges in adapting to mobile-friendly use and detailed error reports.
This convenient testing tool allows you to test the functionality and appearance of your site on one of the widest ranges of devices available in mobile-friendly testing. With live interactive capabilities, you can test your website on a variety of devices back-to-back to gain a better understanding of the challenges your site faces on specific devices as opposed to others, allowing you to debug some potential design problems.
This testing framework is a powerful tool in testing responsive web design. Developers are able to run multiple tests simultaneously, saving their results in the cloud for future secure access and sharing abilities with remote members of the design team. Developers can also write custom testing routines, allowing for greater professional flexibility when testing the device compatibility of your website.
W3C mobileOK Checker can help you easily measure the mobile-readiness of your website using standards defined by its custom mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0. Your website is put through a series of tests and determined to be mobile-friendly if it passes each test in succession. This allows you to address any obstacles to your website’s mobile capabilities with a clear understanding of where the issue lies — a perfect debugging tool for web developers.
If your website is stagnant, it will fall behind as your peers and competitors make the shift to modern marketing. The sooner you groom your website for optimally responsive design, the better. With higher, omni-device functionality, your website will look better and work better and be accessed by more contacts anytime, and anywhere, resulting in higher rates of conversion. Don’t let outdated web design hold down your business potential: go mobile.
Written By Mike Tungate
Hello! I am the Web Services Manager @ EnvisionIT Solutions. I create beautiful websites, branding and marketing systems for businesses. Let me know if you have any questions. I am an avid photographer and a lover of musical instruments.