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3 Ways to Check the Responsiveness of Websites

Posted on 12.03.2016

Today's Web designers would not think about developing a site that was not responsive (or at least mobile-friendly).

While there are certainly some instances when an adaptive or dedicated mobile site might make sense, responsive has become the norm (in many ways thanks to Google's recommendation).

Responsive websites can look very different from device to device (and browser to browser) however so it is important for enterprises and the designers in their employment to check how their site resolves on the most common devices and operating systems.

So how can you check if a website is responsive or mobile-friendly?

The easiest way to know if your website is responsive is to simply open up your browser and resize the window. Next to opening up the site on a mobile device, this is the most straightforward way to test whether a site is responsive/mobile-friendly.

Another equally easy way to test mobile-friendliness is to use web-based tools such as Google's Mobile-Friendly test. Many designers also use plugins/extension in their browser so they can quickly check as they are in the process of designing. Check your browser's plugin repository for available solutions.

The third way, and arguably the most comprehensive method to determine if a site is responsive and mobile friendly, is to use a solution such as BrowserShots. The solutions provides Web designers an opportunity to test out an incredible number of different browsers and operating systems, providing screenshots to aid in the discovery of errors and the like.

How do you test the responsiveness of websites? Share your insights with a comment below now.

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