Responsive web design is when the layout of your content is formatted to be viewable through different types of devices like desktop, iPhone, Android, Blackberry and tablets. With mobile users in mind, this design has now become the norm when designing websites, as it is seen to be necessary to improve the experience of the millions of people who use mobile devices.
The best practices and web design trends of 2013 suggest the use of a device detection script which determines the device of the internet users, and then makes that user to be redirected to a device-specific site; or the creation of dedicated tablet or mobile sites with their own URLs. Two distinct challenges are faced when using these approaches. The first one is that there are certain device detection scripts which are unable to support the different types of mobile devices available today, making them to be useless in most cases. The second thing is that the creation and maintenance of separate sites for mobile devices of all types make development costs to be very high.
The solution to the problem mentioned above is found in the use of responsive WordPress themes. They are new-technology themes which automatically adjust to the viewing device of the internet user. This means that the same site can be used to meet the information needs of both PC and mobile device users. If you would like to create a site, it is then necessary to make sure your theme has a responsive layout. To do this, you only need to test responsive feature using any of the sites mentioned below.
Test responsive web design
This site will test responsive web design of page sizes 240, 320, 480 and 768
VIEW TOOL – free tool by Themeid
This tests the support for devices like iPhone, Android and iPad.
VIEW TOOL – free tool by Responsinator
This tests layouts of all types for iPhone, iPad, laptops and many others.
VIEW TOOL – free tool by Resizemybrowser
Tools for Test Responsive
This site will also determine the responsiveness of your site based on the 240, 320, 480 and 768 sizes.
VIEW TOOL – free tool by Mattkersley
When you enter your site URL to the space provided on this site, you can easily test responsive web design.
VIEW TOOL – free tool by Quirktools
Demonstrating Responsive Design
This is a site that also provides a space for entering your URL to determine the responsive web design.
VIEW TOOL – free tool by Jamus
Responsive Design bookmarklet
This works with the use of a bookmark snippet that is installed as a browser toolbar. When you click it, you will know the responsiveness of your site.
VIEW TOOL – free tool by Benjaminkeen