Great tools for testing your mobile websiteBy Thomas Fjordside
Testing your website on mobile devices can be a pain in the ass, simply because there are so many different devices now, with even more coming every week. But unless your website is really simple it’s a really good idea to at least get a sense of your design on the most popular devices. And here are some tools that can help you. Both in terms of layout and in terms of more technical pointers.
A nifty little site that shows your website on an ipad. And it has a rotate feature which is really nice. It does a good job of replecating the results of a real ipad screen and it also has a iphone and iphone5 preview mode.
Try it here: http://ipadpeek.com/
Opera mobile Testing
Simulates the opera mini mobile browser. Nifty little tool for testing a browser that is not used much on the desktop but is preinstalled on many mobile phones and it is a great mobile browser.
Try it here: http://www.opera.com/developer/tools/mini/
Adobe Edge Inspect
Preview & inspect web designs on different devices. This tool is a bit different and more comprehensive than the others. It is more of a development tool, where you keep a device connected and then it will update is as you code. The tool is free, you just have to sign up for an adobe creative cloud membership.
Try it here: http://html.adobe.com/edge/inspect/
I’m going to mention browserstack here aswell. If you find yourself in need of testing a lot it might be worth it to you. It has all the testing you need in one place – Android, iOS and Blackberry etc. There is a free trial so give it a go.
Try it here: http://www.browserstack.com/mobile-browser-emulator
Testing the technical stuff:
W3C mobile Validator
The W3C mobile validating tool. Great for giving you some pointer as to where your mobile website may have issues.
Try it here: http://validator.w3.org/mobile/
Howtogomo.com by Google
A small easy-to-do test with some small pointers. This tool is very much made for non-webfolks and it shows. You don’t get much data, but it’s worth a mention.
Try it here: http://www.howtogomo.com/en-gb/d/test-your-site/
That’s all. Now go get your test on!Tweet