Is your website design truly responsive? Learn how to test responsive design of a website easily.
In this article, I will cover – What is responsive web design? How you can easily test responsiveness of your website or blog? Importance of responsive design layout and how to make your WordPress website responsive.
I will also outline some interesting facts that might be eye opening for you, if you are ignoring user experience of a large share of internet users who browse your website using mobile devices like smartphones, tablets etc.
What is Responsive Web Design
In responsive web design, webpages are designed to look good and presentable on variety of devices of different screen sizes without creating separate webpages (separate mobile website etc.) for different screen sizes.
The basic character of responsive webpage is that it organizes the content well regardless of screen size of the device. Such webpages/websites are called responsive webpages/websites.
Importance of Responsive Design Layout
For instance, you browse some website using your phone and the website does not look presentable (design is broken or features are not working) on your phone. Or the content (include images, text and videos etc.) of the website is not presentable on your phone screen. Surely you will get off from the website early. And look forward to search an alternative, right. So this is first reason why you should have responsive design for your website.
There are other reasons too —
- Globally mobile phone internet penetration was 58.9% in 2017 and is likely to be 61.2% in 2018 says an article published in Statista.
- There are large number of people who use more than one device (like PC, table, mobile etc.) to browse internet. And there is a great chance that someone will browse your website using his PC too, if his user experience was good with your website, when he browse it using his phone and vice-versa.
Simply, if your website looks good on different devices, it’s a good sign to make some loyal readers. They will keep coming back to your website.
- Mobile monetization, this is another major reason for which you should have a responsive design layout for your website. If your website’s design adapts well on different screen sizes, it‘ll surely help to increase your mobile ad conversions. And thus increase overall revenue from the website.
- Everyone likes a fast loading website. You can use responsive web design approach to make your website load faster by tweaking the amount of content/features for different screen sizes.
- As I mentioned above responsive design not only help to make loyal and returning readers. But it also contributes to increase overall number of visitors to your website. And improves engagement time & bounce rate of website too.
These are a few reasons why your website design should be responsive.
Now the question is, where and how you can test whether a website design is responsive or not.
How to Test Responsive Design of a Website Easily
It is quite a task to test your website by browsing it on different devices of different screen sizes, right?
Don’t worry, you don’t need to do that. There are easier ways to test responsive design of websites and webpages.
There are two popular methods to test responsive web design.
- Online Responsive Web Design Testing Tools
- Web Browser Developer Tool
#1 Online Responsive Web Design Testing Tool(s)
Responsive Design Test by TrulyBlogger – This tool is really light, fast and accurate. Using this tool, you can precisely test responsive design of your website or blog, even on moderate internet speed.
#2 Web Browser Developer Tool
Yes, you can use your web browser to test responsive design of a website. Google Chrome is not only very popular web browser in general but it is also favorite browser among web developers. You can use Google Chrome to Test Responsive and Device-specific Viewports of website.
Step by step instruction to Test Responsive and Device-specific Viewports of website:
- Open the website in new tab of Google Chrome.
- Keep the mouse pointer on the landing page of website and right-click, you will see a menu.
- From right-click menu, click Inspect Element. Chrome Dev Tools Window will open.
- On Dev Tools Window locate the option call Toggle device toolbar, click it.
- Clicking Toggle device toolbar will take to Device Mode’s screen emulator.
- Using this screen emulator, you can test responsive and device-specific viewports of website.
Want to read more about this Google Chrome feature? Here is an official article.
How to Make Your WordPress Website Responsive
You can make your WordPress website design responsive either using Responsive WordPress Themes or using WordPress plugins.
#1 Responsive WordPress Themes
There are plenty of responsive themes available in the market – be it WordPress theme directory or other reputed WP theme publishers. It is always recommended to use WordPress theme by a reliable and reputable developer only. As a bad theme can ruin all of your effort to make a success blog or website.
If really looking for some awesome WordPress themes, you can give Themify WordPress Themes a try, they are really good. Themify offers few free themes and free trial of their awesome premium themes as well. Alternatively, you can go for Elegant Themes or My Theme Shop both of them are also make professional premium WordPress themes which are used and trusted by many WordPress users.
#2 WordPress Mobile Site Plugins
A WordPress mobile site plugin makes WordPress theme (regardless the responsive layout of the theme) layout responsive for mobile devices. WPtouch Mobile Plugin, Jetpack, Duda Mobile Website Builder are the name few plugins to make your theme responsive. WPtouch Mobile plugin is a popular one and it offers decent customization options. If you are not sure how to install a WordPress plugin, check out this post – 3 Different Methods to Install WordPress Plugins Easily.
Why Choose the Responsive Theme Over the Plugin
It is better to use a responsive WP theme over a plugin. Because, in responsive theme, the code responsible for responsive design is in the theme itself and integrated well other theme code. As the whole code is written by same publisher (team maybe).
On the other hand, WordPress site plugins are written for general use and may not integrate well with your current WordPress theme.
Responsive web design is awesome as it helps to improve user experience of your website’ visitors and it reduces efforts to develop a separated standalone mobile version for a desktop website.
Let me know about your experiences using Responsive Design Test by TrulyBlogger. Feel free to ask a question about the article via comment section below. I ‘ll be happy to help.