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8 Popular online apps to test the mobile version of your site

Mobile, Web Design | Oct 27, 2011

The mobile revolution has inspired major and minor websites alike to have a mobile version. Mobile versions can be created using themes, extensions, and other modifications.

While developing mobile version, you may want to test it on two, three, or even five different mobile handsets. After development, you are not aware how it will appear in each mobile present on this Earth as you have to buy each of them to test it manually.

Let us make this work simple for you by collecting some tools in this article to test the mobile version of your website.

You can test your mobile website on these tools, analyze it for the mistakes/errors, and then optimize it according to the recommendations. Let us have a look at some of the mobile testing applications available online.

 

1. W3C mobileOK Checker

W3C tops the list every time you come to the field of website testing. This time also, W3C mobileOK Checker tops the web-based mobile testing tools. You just have to visit its website and enter the URL to test and it will show whether your website is mobile-ready or not, along with what you can do to rectify any errors.

 

2. Ready.Mobi

Ready.Mobi is a service of dotMobi and an extension of W3C MobileOk Checker Service. It analyzes your website and provide the results in graph format whether the website is optimized well for mobile or not. You can check one web page without registering, but you have to create an account to test the whole website.

 

3. Google Mobile Testing

Google also has tools for testing your website for mobile. Visit the Mobile Testing site, enter the URL of your website, and press Enter. It will show the website in mobile format and you can check whether it is showing up correctly or not.

 

4. iPad Peek

Currently, Apple iPad is the highest selling tablet. If you are optimizing your website for mobile, then you should also check its compatibility for iPad (be sure to check your regular site here, not just the mobile version). Visit the iPad Peek website, enter the URL and press enter to show how your website looks on iPad.

 

5. Test iPhone

With all controversies, Apple iPhone is still one of the best selling smartphones around the globe. Do not miss iPhone testing while checking your website on Android, Symbian, and Windows Mobile platforms. You just have to visit the Test iPhone website, enter the URL and press Enter to do iPhone testing of your website.

 

6. Gomez

If you’re fed up with testing on emulators and web-based apps and thinking about buying a premium mobile website testing service, go for Gomez as it provides a “Try Before You Buy” option. You just have to fill out a small form and it will send the images captured on iPhone 3Gs, iPad, BlackBerry Storm 2, and Google Nexus One.

 

7. Opera Mobile Emulator

Opera is one of the best mobile Web browsers available in the market. Almost every Java-compatible handset supports either Opera Mini or Opera Mobile. Opera is also available for iPhone, Android, and Symbian platforms. You can test your website on this mobile browser by visiting its online demo.

 

8. BOLT Demo

BOLT is another leading mobile web browser. It mainly works on Java-compatible mobiles but the company also plans to launch an Android version. Test your Website on BOLT by using its online demo.

 

Conclusion

You can use the above tools to check the performance of your mobile website. According to the results, you can modify the website to work better on each platform. We hope that you will find this post helpful.  Do not forget to share your suggestions and comments.


Swapnil Arora is a Technical Writer with xhtmljunction.com, a specialized division of CreativeWebLogix. Xhtmljunction.com provides PSD to HTML conversion within 8 hours.Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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  • http://www.yourdigitalspace.com/ Swamykant

    Very useful tools. Thanks for posting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vibratur Vasil Boychev

    I think example #5 is unusable. Simple iframe into a picture of an iPhone. My favourite tool is Opera Mini.

  • http://twitter.com/just4TheALofit TheAL

    All good tools in their own right. Some are better than others. Like some have pointed out, slapping an iframe onto a pic of a device is no substitute for good emulation or using that actual device. Also, as helpful as it is, the W3C mobile validator is extremely fussy. I’ve rarely EVER tested a site, even ones made to be entirely mobile, that didn’t throw at least some warnings.

  • http://www.fijdesign.com/ Fij Design

    Nice site, blog and post :-)

  • http://www.dreamztech.de/ Gustaw

     Great and helpful plugin. All app are really admirable particularly Google Mobile Testing. After reading your stuff I have already made an appointment
    to start lessons. Thanks mate :)

  • http://www.adeepbite.com/ Michael Allen

    thank you. Was looking for this this morning. 

  • Anonymous

    Great resources.  Thanks for sharing