The Importance of Mobile Responsive Testing and its Challenges

Responsive Web Design

Responsive web design, or RWD design, is a modern web design method that allows websites and pages to render across all devices by automatically adjusting to the screen size, be it a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Cascading Style Sheets or CSS is used in responsive web design to provide different style attributes dependent on the user’s device’s screen size, orientation, resolution, color capability, and other factors.

Responsive Website Testing and its importance

Currently, all online businesses want to ensure that their products are accessible anytime, anywhere. To achieve this goal, their application should be platform agnostic (mobile, tablet, laptop, etc.) and provide the same experience as it does on PCs. Responsive testing ensures that websites meet all functionality and UI requirements across all resolutions and environments.

Rules and Guidelines for Responsive Design Testing

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Checklist for Responsive Design Testing

  1. Development Compatibility

Creating a Testing Strategy for Mobile Responsive Web Design

Device Selection, Parallel Testing, Frequent Reviews

  • To fine-tune your responsive testing device coverage, utilize your own customer data along with mobile device market data. Examine your web traffic metrics to determine which devices and browser combinations are preferred. Those are the combinations you should be testing on.
  • Performing side-by-side testing of the mobile and desktop websites is an important aspect of your responsive web design testing approach and it improves testing efficiency.
  • Once a quarter, you should review your device, operating system, and browser combinations to ensure your testing is in line with consumer needs and market share data.

Visually Test Your Code

In responsive design, when displays expand or move, ensure that the viewports shift but the site information is never truncated. Identifying all DOM items on desktop and mobile web browsers is one way to do this. You should also include all essential user interface checkpoint validations in your automation script, which ensures that the visual presentation of the website is as expected when the screen size or orientation changes.

Check Site Navigation on Different Devices

When visiting a responsive site, customers usually start on a smartphone, then switch to tablet mode, and finally to desktop browser mode. These user pathways must be covered as part of navigation testing to ensure that nothing breaks along the journey. It’s also worth noting that some responsive testing will operate perfectly on larger screens but not on smaller ones, so the additional focus must be placed on smaller screen sizes.

User Condition Testing

A significant advantage of responsive websites is that they provide users with a consistent web experience regardless of device or location. However, the user is continually traveling between places with varying conditions that can interfere with the user’s experience. Factors such as network strength, activities that happen in the background, Ads, and other pop-ups that prevent users from accessing your website’s content and others. Therefore, testing teams should include real user condition testing in their responsive website test plan.

Create actionable test reports for responsive testing

Reporting and replicating device-specific issues is a pain in responsive website testing. The time it takes to reproduce and fix bugs is significantly reduced if the Test Report includes the following:

  • The option to filter only the failed combinations
  • Useful information from the failed test, including Screenshots, Debug logs for the platform, Network logs, and videos should be provided.
  • With a robust, comprehensive report, developers will be able to swiftly troubleshoot the issues.

Different Approaches to Testing Responsive Websites

Changing Browser Dimensions

Changing the size of your desktop web browser allows you to quickly assess the compatibility mode. If you shrink the size of your browser screen, to the size of a smartphone, you’ll see that the web page has correctly changed to the device’s viewport size. This method is ideal for conducting a short visual responsiveness test.

Emulators

Emulators are virtual mobiles or web-based simulators that simulate the environment of a mobile device. Using Emulators, we can test responsive websites on a variety of devices instead of purchasing them. It depicts how a website would appear and perform on a mobile device.

Dev Tools

Some website builder tools provide alternatives for viewing your website design on various devices. GoDaddy’s website builder, Weebly, and WordPress include this feature.

Online Responsive Checker

These are websites where you can simply enter your website’s URL and check for responsiveness. They’re really simple to use, and you can obtain results in under a minute. Browserstack’s responsive test tool and Website Planet’s responsive checker are some examples.

Benefits of Building a Responsive Website

Cost-Effective

It’s a costly affair to develop separate sites for mobile and non-mobile users. You can save money by opting for responsive design. To appeal to all visitors and devices, you’ll have to invest in just one website design. It’s also cheaper to maintain one instead of two or more versions of the same website.

Flexibility

If your website is responsive, you can make changes to it faster. You don’t have to worry about keeping two web pages up to date.

Enhanced User Experience

User experience is extremely important. Your website should work well and be simple to use on any device. Your brand reputation would take a hit if someone visits your website on a mobile device and it takes forever to load or the images displayed don’t have high enough resolution. By using responsive design, content can be viewed faster because zooming and scrolling are no longer required, and visitors will have a much better overall impression.

Optimized Traffic

According to statistics, mobile devices account for nearly 79% of global web traffic. This shows how crucial it is to have a website that works on mobile devices. Once you implement a responsive design, you will notice an increase in the traffic to your website as well as the number of time users spend on it.

Ease of Maintenance

Most businesses, particularly smaller ones, do not have a lot of time to update or renew their website’s appearance. Rather than hiring a designer to manage every part of your website, responsive design allows your frontend developers to make quick adjustments.

Impact on Google Ranking

Many businesses employ SEO to improve their search rankings on Google. The higher you are on the list, the more likely you are to be discovered by potential clients. Because Google favors mobile-friendly websites, responsive websites have a higher search engine ranking.

Mobile Responsive Websites vs. Mobile Apps — Which is better?

Mobile websites — Immediate Availability

Users can visit a mobile website via a browser across a range of devices right away. Apps, on the other hand, require the user to download and install them before using them.

Mobile Website Cross-Device Compatibility

Unlike native apps, which need the development of a separate version for each device type, a single mobile website may reach consumers on a range of mobile devices.

Mobile Website - Immediate Updates

In terms of flexibility to change content, a mobile website is far more dynamic than a mobile app. You just publish the change once, and they will be available immediately. On the other hand, upgrading an app necessitates pushing updates to users, who must then download the updates to upgrade the app on their devices.

Mobile Websites - Easy Search

Because their pages can be displayed in search results and included in industry-specific directories, mobile websites are much easier for people to find, making it easy for qualified visitors to find you. App visibility, on the other hand, is primarily limited to the app store.

Mobile Websites — Simple Exchange

Users can quickly exchange URLs for mobile websites by using a simple link. Sharing a mobile app in this manner is not possible.

Mobile Responsive Testing

A device farm, also known as a device cloud, is a testing environment that allows QAs to test their websites on a large number of real devices remotely.

Responsive Application Testing and AWS

Automated Testing: Users can either submit their test packages or use the AWS built-in script-free compatibility testing. Remote Access: You can use your web browser to submit your app and interact with a device in real-time.

How can Payoda help?

To create purposeful relationships with users, our creative team blends strategy, research, and design into a single solution. We employ a multidisciplinary approach to product design that emphasizes branding, usability, functionality, and aesthetics. In today’s world, customer experience is a critical factor in determining a company’s success, and Payoda has a firm grasp on it.

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