Internet users access websites using various devices, including laptops, desktop computers, tablets, smartphones, and other devices. As it goes without saying, every device has a unique screen size and resolution that sets it apart from the rest.
There are over 6.648 billion smartphones in use worldwide, and the number is growing steadily. Unfortunately, a QA team cannot test every device or screen size available to test a website, so it is not feasible for them to do so.
One of the most effective ways to deal with this issue is to test and optimize your site for the screen sizes of the most commonly used devices. Therefore, it is recommended that one refers to this guide on ideal screen sizes for responsive design, highlighting the most common screen sizes or standard screen sizes that teams must consider when testing their responsive designs. This way, QA teams can optimize their website’s layout for most web users and ensure that tests cover the entire website.
We will explain some easy methods teams can use to automatically run a responsive test for their website across the most popular screen sizes using the methods described in this article.
Method 1: Using Free Responsive Checker Tool
One of the most accessible and convenient methods of getting an accurate view of the actual display of a given website on real devices with different screen sizes is to use this tool. With this tool, users can instantly test the responsiveness of their websites across popular devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.
Please enter the URL of the website you wish to check and click on the Check button once you have done so. For example, to view a website on a particular device.
The website will appear in a larger, clearer format on the selected device once the user selects that device. A similar feature is available in the real world, where users can switch between portrait and landscape modes.
Method 2: Using Interactive Web Testing on Real Devices
The most convenient and effective way to conduct interactive, responsive testing is to test websites with unique screen sizes on real devices. It is one of the best methods of performing interactive, responsive testing. Despite this, it is not feasible for all teams to purchase various devices for testing purposes since it would require an enormous amount of investment and a lot of maintenance on a day-to-day basis.
The mobile testing platform provides developers and QAs with advanced interactive, responsive testing features. A few examples are listed below:
- A mobile view with immediate access to DevTools for inspecting specific web elements.
- Website performance can be tested by using the network throttling feature.
- Integrations with bug reporting tools such as Jira and Slack are available to aid in identifying bugs.
- A website can be tested for its location-specific behavior by using geolocation testing. This method, in addition to allowing teams to perform interactive, responsive testing across desktop browsers, can also allow them to perform cross-browser testing across mobile browsers. It is widely known that the web can be accessed from a wide range of mobile browsers such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and so on; this is particularly useful for teams.
Method 3: Using the best tools to test websites on different sizes
There are a lot of tools out there that you can use to test websites on different sizes, but the best tool we’ve found is Google PageSpeed Insights. It’s super easy to use and has all the features you need to find, things like slow images and how much time it takes for your site to load. You can also see how long your page takes to load on mobile devices.
Some other good tools include:
The methods mentioned above will help developers immediately test their websites across real devices having different screen sizes. Moreover, Cross-browser testing on actual devices will also assist QAs in troubleshooting rendering problems that emerge for a specific device or browser.
You can contact Seahawk’s experienced team to help you from developing to testing your site. Our team can create an aesthetically pleasing, high-performing, fully responsive website.