What is website responsiveness and how to test it

What is website responsiveness and how to test it?

Website responsiveness gives you more freedom.

Previously, in order for users to be able to find information, they had to turn on desktop computers, wait until it loads, and only then find the information that interests them.

Today, in order to find what interests you, you need only a few seconds. You are no longer dependent on computers, you can quickly search for information using various devices: laptops, smartphones, tablets, and even smartwatches.

Since the website responsiveness on different devices is a driving indicator for business development and an increase of the audience, the WishDesk agency decided to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Here we look at what website responsiveness is and why you should responsive testing, etc.

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What is responsive web design?

According to Sweor 83% of mobile users say that a good UX across all devices is very important.

Responsive web design is a design that fully meets the needs of users and is displayed without any problems on any types of devices and browsers. The layout should automatically adapt to different sizes and capabilities of various devices while taking into account that the user uses not a "clicks" but a "touch."

This allows you to equally display the content, images, and video on your site independently on the screen size and the power of the device.

Responsive web design helps you to avoid:

  • wrong resizing
  • inconvenient scrolling
  • inappropriate zooming
  • false panning

The main advantage of the adaptive design is the fact you don't need to create a mobile website.

Responsive web design

Why Responsive Design Testing is Important? 

Every day, the number of people who use their smartphones for shopping, finding information, entertainment, and social networks is constantly increasing.
Therefore, it is important that your site is mobile-friendly and available on other devices.

To ensure the best possible user experience for your users, avoid problems with the responsibility of your site. The best option is to do responsive design testing.

Testing a responsive web design involves checking:

  • are all the links and URLs the same, regardless of different browsers and devices?
  • does your website load differently on various devices?
  • does dynamic allocation of content change after screen resolution changes?


Responsive design testing = creating the best UX


How to do responsive design testing?

You may be asking:

  • How can I test a website?
  • Am I Responsive?
  • How can I test my website on mobile?

If yes, then read on to find out about 2 common ways to test responsive websites.

Two common ways to test your site responsive:

  1. Use special tools to help you do this.
  2. Use your browser, for example, Google Chrome, to check it.

Top 8 tools to test responsive design

1. Emulators

Emulators is a tool that helps you see how your website will be displayed on different phone models, operating systems, and tablets on different types of browsers. You do not need to install Emulators to get the data.


Price: free/ starts at $29 per month

2. Responsinator

Responsinator is perhaps one of the easiest tools. It shows you how your site will look at specific types of devices. Enter the URL of your site and wait a few seconds to see the data about your page. The tool shows the portrait and landscape view on different devices.


Price: free/ you can donate

3. ViewPort Resizer

ViewPort Resizer is an extension for browsers that gives you the opportunity to see how your site looks in various formats. All you have to do is just add this extension. You can apply 47 options for screen sizes.

ViewPort Resizer

Price: free

4. Screenfly

Screenfly is a great option for viewing your site on various screen sizes. You can look at your site display without any problems and it is available on phones, laptops, computers, tablets and smartphones with different screen extensions. Just enter the URL of your site.


Price: free

5. BrowserStack

BrowserStack is a tool that is already used by more than 36,000 customers, including Twitter, Microsoft and MasterCard. It is constantly expanding and today it allows you to test your site on more than 2000 browsers and smartphones.


Price: free / starts at $29 per month

6. Responsive design checker

Responsive design checker is a tool that offers lots of ​​screen sizes, from the smallest to fairly large (up to 24 wide). It focuses on large screens. A good feature is the ability to make screenshots for mockups.

Responsive design checker

Price: free 

7. Cross Browser Testing

Cross Browser Testing is a convenient and multi-functional tool that allows you to test your site for responsiveness. It allows you to simultaneously test the site for various screen sizes and devices. Cross Browser Testing allows you to make full-page screenshots and then compare them with previous versions.

Cross Browser Testing

Price: free/ starts at $29 per month

8. Google Resizer

Google Resizer shows the look of your site on different devices after you enter your URL. Google developers created an understandable and effective tool for testing your site responsive.

 Google Resizer

Price: free

Use Google Chrome to check website responsive

Steps to check your website’s responsive design with Google Chrome:

1. Open the site you want to test in the Google Chrome tab. For example, we will use the WishDesk agency site.

check your website’s responsive design

2. Right-click on the landing page of the website to open the menu.

check your website’s responsive design

3. After the menu opens, click "Inspect".

check your website’s responsive design

4. Then click on the "Toggle device toolbar." Below we showed where this button is located.

check your website’s responsive design

5. So you can see or your site is adaptive for some other types of devices and how it will look.

check your website’s responsive design

Checklist to test the responsiveness of your site

  • Check the content, alignment, and the font in which it is written. Are they equally displayed on all types of devices? 
  • Shrink and enlarge the window of your browser to see the main challenges connected with changing viewports.
  • Check the loading speed of your page on various devices with different resolutions. In a perfect world, it should be similar for all devices.
  • Verify the working of all the links.
  • Check whether all the images, videos, audio that are on your page are displayed and played without problems.
  • Make sure all paddings are present despite having various screens.
  • Test whether the pop-ups work and are not broken due to change in extension.
  • Check the correct display of the site menu and responsive navigation.
  • Consider conveniently switching between pages and easily returning to the home page.
  • Check whether the wireframes of various devices correctly reflects the design of your page.
  • Verify that the site is soft for various breakpoints.
  • Check the correct alignment of the header and text.
  • Make sure there are no scrolling issues.
  • Ensure that the user can easily fill in all the required fields.
  • Check that no horizontal scrolling has appeared on the site after resizing.

Final thoughts

Testing website responsiveness is a necessary step that helps you to ensure a good UX and the correct operation of your site. Sometimes this can be an obscure and complicated process, but don't skip it.

You can contact WishDesk web developers for help in order to test your site and fix all errors that may occur there. For our part, we promise that we complete your task professionally and do it twice as fast as before, so you can save some money.


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