Responsive Web design (RWD), is a style of Web development where content responds to the device on which it is being rendered.
There are various devices like phones, tablets, desktop, Music players that people use to surf internet in there day to day life and Responsive web design allows the web page’s content to scale as according to the screen size of the visitor device.
There are many themes available for WordPress which have responsive web design. So, if you are thinking of using a RWD theme for your blog or website then you might like to test responsive design of your website to check how they are going to behave on various device sizes.
Test Responsive design
The easiest method to check your RWD theme in desktop is to scale your browser as according to the device resolution. For example if you want to have a Smartphone landscape preview you can resize your browser to 480*320 pixels, you’ll get a good idea of how your website looks like on the actual device.
These following tools can also help you to test responsive design of your website on different resolutions.
Responsive.is – This is the Smartphone landscape view of my RWD theme. As you can see there is toolbar available at the top which will allow you see how your website going to feel on different devices. Simply, enter the name of the website that you want to check.
responsinator.com – Another tool that works on the same concept, this tool help you understand how your responsive site will look on the most popular devices. This tool provides you lots of different device previews like iPhone, iPad, Kindle and Android Smartphone.
quirktools.com/screenfly – Screenfly might be the most flexible tool available to check your RWD theme preview. Screenfly supports a much larger number of screen resolutions including TV. See, how my website looks on 480 pixel TV resolution.
Responsivepx.com – If you are a Responsive designer then this is something you should you should use to test responsive design of your site. Responsivepx not only allows you to test responsive design of your site on standard version device but also gives you power to choose your own width and height and then use that information in your media queries to create a Responsive design. Responsivepx allows you to even test local sites that reside on your computer and are currently being worked on.
htmlslicemate/responsive-design-testing– This tool test your site layout against standard screen resolution. If you just want a quick view of how you RWD is going to look on standard devices then this is the tool to use.
mattkersley.com/responsive – This tool helps you to test your site layout against three standard screen resolution (240, 320, 480). Unfortunately, this tool doesn’t allow you to navigate your site through the frames that your website appears in until you host the testing tool on your website own hosting. The source code is available on Github.
Since your content is now being viewed on more devices and browsers than ever before, you have to design your website or choose your theme with that in mind. With the increase in number of devices Responsive design is now quickly becoming absolutely necessary. Now you know the tools to check your website, then what are you waiting for go check your website. If you have any suggestion or question just give me a comment.