11 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile Devices

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Smart phone which are well known to e technically advanced and supporting multimedia features has become everyone’s first choice. Smart phones, unlike simple mobile phones has extended the importance and utility of mobile phones. This has lead to several developments in field of web developments. Now developers have to build mobile compatible websites that are easily readable and takes less loading time. With the soaring in prices of smart phones and tablet PC it can be anticipated that everyone now owns some or the other kind of smart phone. And more the users are inclining towards purchase of these mobiles, more are they tending to use internet. So developers have to take olive oil out to compete there product in market.

Thankfully there are tools out there to make our lives a little bit easier. So here are 11 most useful tools for mobile website testing.

1. iBBDemo2

iBBDemo2 is developed on Adobe Air Application. This online Tool gives developers to test emulating the iPad and iPhone web browsing experience. It can give you demo presentations as Web. It Support all kind of Operating System. You easily test on cross platform without have MAC OS.

2. iPhoney

iPhoney

An excellent free iPhone tester, iPhoney isn’t exactly an emulator, but allows developers to create 320x480px websites for use on the iPhone. It allows you to test images and code in a pixel-perfect Apple-Safari-powered environment, with all the normal features including Portrait and Landscape modes, fullscreen, zoom and plugins.

3.  W3C mobileOK Checker

W3C mobileOK Checker

This checker is a web-based automated validation tool that checks to see how mobile-device-friendly your website is. The tests are checked against the W3C mobileOK Basic Tests specification developed by W3C.

4.  iPad Peek

iPad Peek

This handy web-based tool allows you to see how your websites look when rendered on the iPad. It’s recommended that you use a WebKit-based browser such as Apple Safari or Google Chrome to have as accurate a simulation as possible — or at the very least, a CSS3-capable browser that supports transformation properties (like Opera) because it uses them to render the page in Portrait mode.

5. Modify Headers

Modify Headers Add-on for Firefox

There are add-ons for Firefox that can manipulate the data sent to servers to make it seem as if the user agent is browsing on a mobile device, even when they’re not. To do this, you need an add-on called Modify Headers (for Firefox).

Once you have downloaded and installed this add-on, the new options, Tools > Default User Agent and Tools > Modify Headers should appear in your browser.

To emulate browsing on a mobile device, you need to find the User Agent Profile (UAProf) value of your mobile device, which can be found with a quick search on Google for “user agent” followed by the model of your phone (e.g. see Google results for “user agent ipad”). Alternatively, check out this list of UAProf values.

Once you have located the UA Profile value for the phone you want, enter it into the Modify Header dialog box, and bingo, you will see how it’s like to browse from that device.

For Google Chrome, you can try out the User-Agent Switcher extension.

For a browser-independent desktop application that works on virtually any internet-enabled app, try out Fiddler Web Debugger that lets you modify HTTP requests, among other things.

6. Adobe Device Central CS5

Adobe Device Central CS5

As part of the latest Adobe Creative Suite, Device Central emulates the operation of mobile devices on your desktop allowing you to test HTML and Flash from the comfort of your desktop.

To open a page or site, select Device Profiles > Browse Devices, then right-click and choose Add To Test Devices. Now that you’ve added a device, simply go to File > Open (for local testing) or File > Open URL (for remote testing).

Though far from being free, if you’re a professional designer or developer, you’ll have a high chance of being able to access Adobe’s creative suite of applications.

7.  Google Mobilizer

Google Mobilizer

Google Mobilizer is a simple web tool that lets you input a web page address and then makes the page mobile-web-friendly by trimming the content down to its bare essentials. This is an excellent tool for seeing where you can make performance optimizations on your site.

8. Gomez

Gomez

Gomez mobile readiness test gives you a score between 1 and 5 based on an analysis of over 30 proven mobile web development techniques, ranging from stylesheet use (e.g. media queries) to caching techniques and standards-compliant code. The results are displayed in an easy-to-understand document that offers advice on how to make your site better.

Unfortunately, to be able to test your site, you must enter in a bunch of information including your email address, country, zip code, and phone number.

9. MobiReady

MobiReady

In the same vein as Gomez, MobiReady is another online testing site that allows you to enter a URL so that it can perform a set of evaluations, including Page Test, Markup Test and Site Test of the web page. This is a slightly more detailed version of Gomez above and provides a comprehensive test result page including dotMobi compliance, W3C mobileOk tests, device emulators, detailed error reports, HTTP tests and a code checker.

However, the results aren’t as succinct as Gomez’s results, a disadvantage when it comes to presenting your information to your less technically astute clients/employers.

10.  DotMobi Emulator

DotMobi Emulator

The dotMobi emulator gives you a live preview of your site from a (fairly small, to be honest) range of different mobile phones. This mobile testing tool is great if you need to test your page on older mobile devices.

What can be annoying to potential users of this tool is that it requires the Java browser plugin for it to work.

11.  Opera Mini Simulator

Opera Mini Simulator

With over 120 million smartphones sold that has Opera pre-installedand an edition available for almost any OS, making sure that your site works on Opera Mini (the mobile version of the Opera web browser) is a good practice to include in your testing workflow.

Thankfully, Opera has obliged us by offering a free web-based emulator for testing and evaluating your web design on a mobile device that uses Opera Mini.

This tool requires the Java browser plugin to function.


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