Designing a website is no easy task. Gone are the days when designing for a couple of top screen sizes and the top 3 browsers was enough for the website to reach a large section of its audience easily. Today, there are more than 3500 screen sizes in the world.
How did we reach here?
In 2015, Mobile was already the most used device for internet access in the UK. By the beginning of last year, there were already more than 5.3 billion mobile phone users globally. In the UK alone there are more than 38 million active smartphone users (Date Source: Comscore and eMarketer).
How does this affect website design?
Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes and it is extremely important for designers to quickly adapt to the vastly different design and development landscape. As most users may own one or more devices to surf the internet, it is important for websites to render equally well on devices of all shapes and sizes.
How can designers test their responsive website design on all devices?
Responsive design testing is not an easy task. If you search online, you will find many tools available for this purpose. This variety makes it even more difficult for designers to choose one which works well. We faced a similar problem while testing our website design. We began by testing it on various online tools, physical desktops, laptops and mobiles, and also used free and paid tools available online.
How can we solve this problem?
In order to help you out, we have compiled this free list of only the BEST TOOLS online which have helped us immensely in creating a seamless experience across multiple devices.
This whitepaper will help you identify:
- Which simulators are best to use on various browsers for mobile design testing
- What are some of the pitfalls that we went through and how you could avoid them
- What were some of the paid options you could explore to test on multiple physical devices without actually buying them