With that in mind, Responsive Web Design helps you build a business that speaks online, in terms of design, compatibility, and customer relationships.
While creating a website, you need to address the Responsive Web Design. It ensures your site is safe to search, visit, and browse on any platform or device, such as Desktop, Mobile and handheld devices.
Basically, by making your site a Responsive treasure, you cover two things, to provide seamless browsing opportunity to users, and, on the other hand, to give Search Engines a green signal for Search Engine Optimization.
Before diving into checking the responsiveness of your web design projects or sites, let’s proceed and discuss the factors you need to check for in a Responsive Web Design.
Factors you need to check in responsive web design
1. Loading issues
If you are having trouble accessing your site, you can use the online tools to check your site from different locations.
Such tools check your site’s Uptime, from various locations worldwide, and help you see your site stats such as Traffic, Uptime, and Errors.
2. Text alignment
Alignment helps you justify text along the margins. On a page or file, proper Text Alignment helps readers understand the text easily.
When dealing with Responsive Web Design, developers ensure their margins are correctly set, by altering codes in the HTML and CSS.
After development, you can observe Text Alignment while checking your site with Online tools. Also, pay special attention to Inspect feature in the Chrome. It helps you find measures of the page indentations by clicking on the different areas on the page.
3. Page content alignment (center)
At the start of creating the Primary CSS file for Designs, you define the Wrapper or Container Tag in the CSS code.
Inside Wrapper or Container, you can place various content tags such as Divisions.
As Divisions define the layout of content on a page, you can create divisions with proper attributes, to help you place content on the page, properly.
4. Displaying the dynamic data
The process of checking a Responsive Website Design consists of checking for display features on the page.
In Database Driven websites, where site’s stats are maintained in the Database, the web application is designed to show or hide data by the users in charge.
Responsive Web Design ensures Dynamic content is displayed properly on the pages.
5. Errors on website’s pages
The modern age of development revamped the way we keep data online. As discussed before, most sites are backed by Databases, the values users put in the Database may create problems if not validated or accessed properly.
An example of website errors is the SQL Injection Error, occurs when the users ask for the data not present in the Database or supply an Invalid command.
The screenshot below shows the SQL error that poses a security weakness in the Database. Keep in mind that caring for Responsive Web Design helps you avoid errors to streamline the user experience.
6. Clickable area testing
While the coding phase helps you define dimensions for the areas on the page, you still need to check your site’s buttons and links on Mobiles.
With that in mind, testing for Responsive Web Design covers gaps while assessing the clickable areas on your site pages. You need to confirm a link is clickable, or the button, before you decide your site should go live on the Internet.
How to test the responsive web design
You need Technical routines for developing Responsive Web Designs. However, once you finish creating a Responsive website, you need to check it with tools.
Testing a Responsive Web Design helps you cover the design, concept, and working issues on your site.
Fortunately, you can test your sites with online Testing tools. If you prefer going deep in the game, you can hire developers to check your site for code errors that affect your site Responsive Design.
Let’s proceed and test your site’s Responsive Design.
Test your responsive web design with online web tools
Responsinator helps you test your site’s Responsive Design. Once you land on the site, you can enter your site’s URL to test its design.
On the Home page of Responsinator, you can see different screens showing your site’s content.
Proceed and enter your site’s address.
Once finished processing your site address, you can see different screens showing your site’s content on the same page.
Screenfly claims to test your site design on different screens. Once the site is loaded, you can see the field for entering your site’s address.
Screenfly shows a measuring grid on the screen, helping you see the resolution ratio of your site.
At the top, you can see a Toolbar that helps you apply various options such as choosing screen size, rotating your site, and sharing options.
3. Google DevTools device mode
To check your site Responsiveness on Mobile screens, you can also use the Google DevTools Device Mode.
Once you load your site in the Chrome; you can use Google’s DevTool Device Mode feature.
Go ahead and browse to your site in the Chrome.
Right click on your site page and choose the Inspect option from the short menu.
After choosing the Inspect option, you can see your browser screen divided into two sections. One showing your site, while other showing some source codes.
Go ahead and choose the Mobile icon at the top of the section that contains the source code. Once finished, you can see your site adopting Mobile screen resolution.
4. Material design
Material Design helps you test your site’s design. On the Home Page, you can enter your site address to check its design on the various screens, including Mobile, Desktop, and Android screens.
Material Design provides educational materials as well. By browsing to its Guidelines page, you can see their Knowledge Base about Responsive Web Design.
With Ghostlab, you can test your website on various browsers and mobile devices, simultaneously.
Just put in your site address and click on the Play button.
Ghostlab provides software packages for various platforms including Mac and Windows. You can download one from this page to test your site’s Front End Designs.
On the other hand, to taste the Ghostlab features, you can play the educational video on the Home Page of the Ghostlab site.
6. Browser Stack
Browser Stack provides reliable features for testing your site’s Designs. It claims to have the honor of trust by more than 25,000 customers globally.
Browser Stack provides Signing Up to use its features, including App Live, Test Automation, and App Automation.
In addition to it, Browser Stack claims to provide more than 1200 real mobile devices and browsers to test your projects. With this amount of variety in hands, you can develop responsive designs correctly, and increase your business worth on any type of screen worldwide.
Test your responsive web designs with browser extensions
Browser Extensions are small programs that help you carry out specific routines in the Browser. Extensions or Add-ons add extra functionality to the Browsers.
To get started with checking your site in the Chrome, by Extensions, you can install the Responsive Web Design Tester extension for the Chrome.
After installing, you can click on the icon at the top right and choose your desired device screen to test your site design.
Like Chrome, you can use the Opera for testing your Responsive Web Designs. With the help of Opera add-ons, you can test your site’s Responsive Design.
Head over to Opera’s Add-ons Page and install the addon for testing your site’s Responsive Web Design.
After you complete installing the add-on, you can test your site’s design with the Opera add-on.
Similar to Chrome and Opera, Firefox Addon Database helps you install add-ons for various purposes, such as Testing your site design, Search Engine Optimization, and getting Website stats.
In the same manner, proceed and install the Firefox Addon for testing your site Responsive Design.
Precautions regarding responsive web design
1. Take care of the basics
Pay close attention to the basics of Responsive Web Design such as Page content, Responsive vs. Adaptive Web Design, Division Dimensions, and Breakpoints.
For more information on the basics regarding Responsive Web Design, please refer to the detailed blog on the Froont site.
For instance, you can see the image below to help you find the difference between Responsive Web Designs.
2. Focus on navigations
In Responsive Web Designs, you need to fold the menu bar at the top of your site. You can achieve the same with a Responsive web template, such as you find one on the WordPress Theme Directory or Themeforest.
In addition to choosing a responsive theme for your site, focus on keeping fewer menu items in the menu. If you keep lots of links in the menu, users may see their mobile screens filled with bigger menus.
3. Layout settings
You need to have a clear understanding of the layout before you start developing your site. Designers and Developers use Mockup Tools to create layouts before development.
“Using the Mockup Tools” helps you create an interactive design for your site before you start coding it. It covers designing your site, as well as gives a clear understanding of your site’s layout.
4. Focus on the desktop, as well as mobile devices
While deciding on a theme for your site, pay close attention to various screens such as Desktop and Mobile.
As you can purchase a theme on Themeforest, you can also find a free theme on the WordPress Themes Directory. You should have a theme that works for both the screen sizes, Desktop and Mobile.
Instead of using a Free theme for your site, if you prefer using a paid one, you can see the details on the ThemeForest site.
5. Don’t create separate URLs for mobile version of your site
You may have heard of creating a separate version of your site for mobiles. In this case, you create a site at a different location, instead of using your Hosting space.
While this happens mostly to cut down on expenses, it surely affects your professional presence on the Internet, such as regarding Search Engine Optimization.
Instead, choose a Responsive Theme and build your site as usual. Once completed, users can see your site as usual on their mobile screens.
6. Display particular content on the home page
On Desktops, users can see lots of content while on the other hand; developers need to consider displaying selective content on Mobile screens.
Firstly, you need to choose a Responsive Theme for your site. Second, while customizing your site or creating content, choose to display selective content on the Home Page. For the purpose, you can play around Widgets in the WordPress.
Displaying important content on the Home Page helps you create seamless designs for the audience. To proceed, you can use the WordPress Theme Live Customizer feature.
7. Optimize your site for mobile search
You can optimize your site for Mobile search, by dealing with some technical aspects of your site, including the use of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and Implementing Schema Markup.
Once optimized your site for Mobile search, you can improve the user experience on your site, as well as improve your site’s Bounce rate.
8. Take care of the typography and pop-up ads
Make sure your Font style on your site is easy to read. Also, if you have set up pop-up ads on your site, consider closing them off.
The pop-up ads are shown for advertisement purposes, or to offer something free to the users. You can also use the pop-up boxes to capture the user’s emails.
Regarding Font style, Open Sans plays well for the Blog Text. On the other hand, if you show ad boxes on the sidebar of your site, consider using bold fonts.
The next step deals with designing your site, manually or choosing a Responsive theme according to your Mockup design.
If you go for the manual design, the developer will take care of the facts regarding Responsive Web Design. Instead, you can choose a Responsive Web Theme from the Free or Paid marketplaces, such as the WordPress Theme Directory and Themeforest, respectively.
Once you complete developing your Responsive Website, you can test with the tools and methods defined in this write-up.
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