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Nowadays, it has become obvious that ignoring people who are connected to the Internet through handheld device is a mistake and the number of visitors will lower considerably. The predictions related to the growth of mobile visitors are amazing and this is clearly another reason to consider a “mobile website.” Web designers have noticed this fact and have already prepared various methods of making the websites more mobile friendly. We now have the responsive design that seems to offer the proper solution not to neglect mobile users.

Even though it hurts some experts, meaning web designers, still don’t have full control over everything when making websites. Some challenging aspects require specific solutions and the solutions for everything are not clearly defined. Surely, in short time the community will find solutions and other issues will appear that will ask for other solutions and so on.

The clients are aware that making websites isn’t an easy job but they can’t afford mistakes when creating their websites. The responsive approach isn’t very different from the old best practices but there are new ideas that must be implemented. Therefore, creating websites that are well rendered no matter the devices from where they are accessed is difficult and any mistake isn’t tolerated. Fortunately, across time the website creators have developed solutions that help them in removing any mistakes; some are complicated while others are very simple. I considered that it will be a real help to share with you two very powerful methods to check your websites, the great advantage is that both of them are for free or almost free.

1. The feedback of relatives and friends

Yep, it sounds as a stupid piece of advice but reality has proved the validity of this statement. In fact, you create the website for everyone, therefore a very good subject to test your website is a common user of Internet. It won’t be a mistake to test by using folks not very attached to the Internet and the latest technologies.

Testing in the latest phases of creation isn’t necessarily a very good solution, you may notice a very important mistake before uploading it online…definitely, it will take more time and resources to correct than testing in the initial cases. The specialists say that even a single tester is much better than none; and once again, he/she shouldn’t be a super talented designer. Do you agree with them or do you have another opinion?

2. Use mobile browsers emulators


The smartphones & tablets market exploded and nowadays we have many different displays sizes. A web designer should test his websites for all these devices…so he must buy all these to have at his hand…? If he really likes all of them, yes it’s Ok…but these are expensive so it will be impossible to buy new and new smartphones and tablets. Don’t worry; there is a handy solution that is free! Yep. It’s true these aren’t necessarily the most high-quality solutions, but these may give precious hints about the deficiencies of your websites. The specialists call these mobile browsers emulators, in fact these reveal how your website is rendered by various mobile devices. Here are some of the best, feels free to test your websites with these and let me know which your favorite is:

  1. Mobile Phone Emulator


    This is one of the best emulators and it is highly recommended to visit it yourself. Another great advantage is the large pallet of smartphones for simulation, from iPhone to Samsung or BlackBerry.

  2. iPhone Tester


    The name is self-explicatory, if you want to see how your website is displayed on an iPhone you should enter the address in order to admire it.

  3. Opera Mini Simulator


    Even if Opera hasn’t a big market share when it comes to “normal” browsers, in the mobile universe it is an important name. A web designer can’t forget Opera when testing his latest website. This website lets you to correct your works by rendering websites in the same way as your smartphones does with by using Opera.

  4. Screenfly by QuirkTools


    This is a real wonderful application. It lets you visualize how your website is rendered by a desktop, a tablet, a mobile or a TV set. There is some more good news; each category has different variants depending on the size of the displays. This application should be in the bookmarks of any web designer.

  5. iPad Peek


    iPad is, quite probable, the best tablet on the market and no designer can’t neglect it. It’s mandatory to have a website that may be successfully used via iPad. This application is perfect to test your websites before launching.

  6. Responsivepx


    Responsive design is a very trendy expression, it consists in the way of making websites that are fully rendered no matter the devices that access it. Responsivepx is another application that significantly helps a web designer; it lets you decide the display size and then to test the new website.

  7. Mobile Phone Emulator


    Mobile moxie is different from the previous tools because it has a special feature. By using this application you may compare up to three smartphones to see which one renders your websites the best. Definitely, you may use to see how your website is rendered by a multitude of websites.

  8. TestiPhone


    If you aren’t satisfied with the previous mobile emulators for iPhones, then you should check Test iPhone, it won’t be disappointing!

  9. Orange


    This is another emulator ready to help you to test your websites. The idea is simple: add the URL and instantly your website will be rendered.

Conclusion
I hope that you enjoyed this list and it was useful to test your websites. It will be great to know which one is your favorite, use the comment form to share your opinion.

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About the Author: Evan Varsamis is the Founder and CEO of The Gadget Flow and Awsmcode. He has a background in Graphic Design and Web Development but also in SEO and Speed Optimization. His goal is to create clean and responsive websites with unique and high quality content. Follow him on Twitter @Smokingdesigns.
  • cgimusic

    The best iPhone web emulator I have used is the one that comes with the official Apple SDK. The others really struggle when web designs get more complex.

  • thomas

    Awesome list. Really useful. Webitect inspired :)

  • Victor

    Mast

  • http://www.16i.co.uk Pat

    Excellent article – although our favourite remains Browserstack.