Of course, we know Responsive web design is making waves on the web, that it is the next best thing for a website, that it makes the journey of a website quite convenient, that it can give you better visibility, usability and certainly better ROI.
However, like every technology needs to be carefully tested before implementing, your new RWD too has to go through the drill.
Why? It’s as simple as that. You’ve got a stupendous Responsive Web Design, but if you don’t test it properly, for all you know it may not perform at all on some machines, let alone doing well. So, here are a few must do’s while you test them-:
People sport all kinds of Phones
How many of us out there are affluent enough to buy those shiny little handsets that are launched every day? A majority of the people still use phones that are dull, have bloatware (unnecessary softwares that use lots of disk space and RAM) and use their old browsers to go to your nicely designed website. Even the best of the Operating systems (Android, Symbian, Black Berry OS, Windows) can suffer due to slow hardware. Hence testing on such hardware is absolutely essential. In other words, testing your site on the latest Android and iPhones is not enough as you may cause a lot of heartache to slow phones users.
Browsers Cannot Be Trusted
In a similar vein, like old equipment, old browsers can be a pain too. We all know that Android 2.1 and iOS 4.0 are considered historic now, but the browsers on these two cannot be ignored. They are still being used by many.
It Matters How you Hold Your Phone
People are different, their preferences are diverse. And in this purview comes how they hold their phones. A usual practice is that individuals clasps their phones in the landscape (horizontal) manner, when they watch movies or when they play a game. But what if a user holds the phone in landscape manner while accessing the web? The layout of a web page might go for a toss. Right from the text alignment to column placement, every element can get affected. Therefore, some quality time spent on this would be worth it.
Android Can Be Baffling
An Android phone can act quite puzzling . It can look elegant, be nicely designed, but can still dupe you by having needless browser tweaks and lots of bloatware. The trick is to test them on various sets of Android phones, even the lesser famous ones. As distinguishing the phone on the grounds of software instead of hardware can result in making the web page appear awkward on many devices.
Do take care of the BlackBerry
So what if Android has swept across the whole arena, being a trailblazer of sorts in the Smartphone domain, BlackBerry cannot be ignored. Even if a whole lot of speculations surround it today, it’s far from going down just yet. That’s precisely the reason why your site needs to be tested on all the versions of BlackBerry, its Operating System and its Browsers.
Page Loading time on 2G networks
In many countries 2G network is still prevalent. And that can be a cause of concern. Immense amount of time can be taken by your creatively built Responsive Web Design in loading and navigation. For instance some websites that cater to an international audience, like BBC News and Guardian News do load on a 2G connection quite quickly. So, it would be good to take a leaf out of the book of such organizations.
It’s not as easy as it seems
If you think you have taken care of certain essentials and that is it, think again. You must give your website into the hands of an average user at least once. It might tell you what an average user might look for in your website. Their navigational habits might just come in handy as you may be able to comprehend want part you need to emphasize upon in terms of the design and site interaction.
In view of going trendier and innovative Web pages today are getting larger than ever. And mobile network operators today are minting money for the sheer reason that bigger website means more data being downloaded. For instance if an individual logs on a 1 MB page 10 times a day, he ends up paying through his nose. Even visiting social networking sites more often than normal can be fatal for the user’s pocket. All this has to be kept under a check. If your site is too heavy, a user might refrain from visiting it.
iPhone isn’t a benchmark
Do not for even once think that if you have tested your RWD on an iPhone, then you are done. Even though it looks like iPhone is ubiquitous, it isn’t, there are plenty of people who don’t have it. And it certainly doesn’t have the best browser in the world.
Their may be umpteen resolutions and umpteen pixel ratios to look at. And though you may be of the opinion that you would get a perfect site after putting a Responsive Web Design in place, truth is that it only gets as better as the number of devices on which it is tested. So, the more the merrier.