What is Mobile Responsiveness?
The term mobile responsiveness is used to describe the way a website is designed to automatically adjust to fit different mobile, tablet, and desktop devices. Even screens that appear to be the same size can have different screen resolutions, and it is the screen resolution (rather than the physical screen size) that mobile responsiveness relates to. For example, iPads may be the same physical size but can have slightly different screen resolutions depending on which generation the iPad is or whether it has a ‘retina’ screen.
What is the Responsive Checker Tool?
The Responsive Checker tool allows you to input your website URL to see how your site will look on different kinds of devices, including popular devices, mobile and tablet screen resolutions, and even on custom resolutions.
How Does the Responsive Checker Work?
Simply type in the URL of your website and click ‘test my site’ and our responsive checker tool will do the rest. You can select the device type you want to check from a list of popular devices – including iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S7, Kindle Fire, and 14” notebook – or select the ‘all devices’ tab to choose from different mobile, tablet, and desktop device resolutions.
Why is it Important to Test My Website’s Responsive Design?
Most of the time, you’ll be building your website (or having it built for you) on a desktop-sized device, but over 50% of internet browsing actually happens on mobile or tablet devices. Since mobile and tablet devices have smaller screen resolutions, you need to ensure that your website will be easy for visitors on mobile/tablet to view and navigate.
Problems such as tiny text, boxes/frames that are only partially visible, or pages that require a lot of pinching and zooming to view will quickly put your visitors off. Even if the website builder or WordPress theme that you’re using claims to be ‘mobile-optimized’ or mobile responsive, you should still perform your own checks just to make sure!