3 Programs For Browser And Device Testing
November 1, 2013
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Users take just 0.05 seconds to make a decision about a website, and 75% judge the credibility of a business according to its site design, reports Kat Kocurek on the Kinesis Blog. This means that testing how your website looks and works for different browsers, resolutions, and devices is an essential part of design. If your page is only designed for certain screens, it may appear different to each visitor, which not only affects the user experience but could even lose you viewers.
Whereas it may be possible to run your website on a few browsers at various resolutions, this is very a time-consuming task. It would be impossible to purchase all the different types of devices to complete the same testing. Luckily, there are alternatives.
Screenfly for Devices
Screenfly is used for testing page designs across multiple devices in real time, covering laptop, desktop, mobile, and tablet computers. To use Screenfly, all you need to do is type in the URL of your page and enable scrolling to view how the site looks and is accessed interactively. You can also discover how plugins work by clicking the eyeball icon to use the proxy server. The program offers a free and easy way to resolve any problems faced by your site on a particular device.
Resize My Browser for Resolutions
With Resize My Browser, you can view your website at various sizes to check how it looks at different resolutions. This is another useful tool for checking your site on various devices as you can refer to the information about which devices use each resolution.
Browserling for Browsers
Browserling allows you to test your page on various versions of the most popular browsers by sending you screenshots of your page. The free version is limited, as there is no scrolling or interactivity available, but it is a good tool for quick testing and verification.
Page appearance varies depending on the device, screen resolution, and browser, and page design must reflect these differences if the website is to be successful with a wide range of users. Taking advantage of the above tools can help you quickly resolve any problems and ensure visitors receive the same visual and interactive experience without you needing to spend many hours testing manually.