Why Responsive Web Testing Absolutely Must Be Done On Your Site
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When it comes to your website these days, it needs to be fluid. It needs to be able to adapt to the various screen sizes we hold in our hands, from iPhones to Galaxys, and then desktops to laptops. 

It can make web design complicated, but there is help out there for those who are slightly more novice when it comes to web design. Website building platforms brands such as Duda take all of this into account when building a website for your needs, creating responsive websites quickly and easily. But why?

Well, as a matter of fact, for a number of reasons, and no matter how you have created your website, responsive web testing is an absolute must. And here's why...

Meta Queries for Web Design

Media queries help CSS ports to increase the viewing experience and these queries are prominent in all responsive websites. By checking these queries are working, you can ensure that your page is performing efficiently, and most importantly, stably. 

Layout of Child Element

You need to test all the child elements of a website, which can be done using CSS Flexbox and grid. This allows a web page to be laid out not only responsively but also neatly. So frequently we see websites fail to adapt to mobile, with overlaps and illegible font size. A flex board can help create one-dimensional layouts, with a grid then responsible for 2D layouts, ultimately making for a more rounded and responsive site.

HTML Meta Tag for RWD

Developers are required to specify viewport dimensions in the HTML header which should always be rigorously tested as they have a huge impact on mobile browsing. Using the specifications given in the viewport dimensions, a mobile browser will then adjust the page accordingly, and without them the browser will believe it is rendering a computer site.

Test With Real Devices

The very best way to test how responsive your site is, is to do so with real devices. If possible, get a collection of different devices, perhaps from friends and family, and test how the site responds on them. This is especially the case for the biggest selling devices, such as the iPhone 12, Samsung Galaxy A12 and Xiaomi Redmi 9.

It's the most accurate and effective way of measuring the responsiveness of your site and will allow you to really delve into the data behind things such as speed, touch detection and more.

Testing Tools

That doesn't mean you should stop testing with tools though. There are many available online that can help with this. The main benefit of this is that you don't have to create a physical environment for testing, purchasing a variety of different devices. It's an automatic task that is relatively well priced too.

There are a number of different tools currently out there on the market. LT Browser is a highly thought of tool/app you can download to test the responsiveness of sites, allowing you to test across 25 different, real devices, all at once. What's more, it's a free extension for your browser too. 

Browser Support

This is something that shouldn't be forgotten as research has found that ignoring lesser used browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox can be costly. Of course, the vast majority of us use Google Chrome, however, a website should be fully functioning across all browsers and all platforms.

Failure to do so can ultimately lead to your business or website looking unprofessional as well as unfunctional and develop a bad reputation. Ecommerce especially is a competitive area of the web, and if you fall foul of something so simple, it can have a big impact on conversions.

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