Testing Your Mobile Web Pages Before Launching

by diyweb on February 18, 2013

Creating web pages for use on mobile devices has become increasingly important over the past few years. Now that more and more people are accessing the Internet via their smart phones, iPads, and other mobile options, the need is greater than ever.

The ability to test your mobile pages can be a problem, especially since you can’t possibly put your hands on every existing mobile device. The good news is you don’t have to in order to test the look and various elements. All you need is a mobile device or a person who has a mobile device.

Even though the number and types of mobile devices are constantly increasing, your pages will look much the same on each of them. While this may not always ring true, you can count on it most of the time. So why create for the mobile user?

Now that there are so many mobile devices available, it has become necessary to create pages to accommodate this means of accessing the Internet. Mobile web pages are created separately and often look and act differently from the main pages. When creating a mobile site, it is important to incorporate all the main features so customers will still have the optimal experience. Testing your mobile pages before they are launched will help ensure all work as smoothly as possible.

Your customers should be able to browse your products and make purchases quickly and easily from their mobile devices. Whether you are talking smart phone, tablet, or an Apple product, the interface should be very user friendly. It is important to remember mobile users are looking for information and they want to find it right away. That is why the entire experience should be very intuitive and uncluttered. Testing first will enable you to launch successful pages right away. So how do you go about testing your mobile pages?

When testing a page for mobile access, you use the same checklist as you would for a full-sized browser. The page should look good before it is ever posted, but it doesn’t stop there. If you’ve ever published a web page before, you know all too well how great it can look before it launches, then suddenly something doesn’t look quite right after the fact. When this occurs, you will need to tweak and retest until it looks the way it should.

Functionality is a crucial part of the success of any web page on a site. You could have a killer site, but if your shopping cart page doesn’t work or is difficult to use, you won’t keep customers around for long. Make sure all pages work before the site is launched for use. This includes testing all page elements such as links, buttons, and forms to make sure they are all functional and lead the user to the correct place.

Some regular pages will work on mobile devices, thereby eliminating the need for a separate mobile site. If this is the case, you’ll still need to go through the same testing process on a mobile device to see how each page looks and functions.

Keep all types of mobile devices in mind. Tablets, for example, work differently and have a set of requirements that are separate from other types of mobile devices. Touch screens have changed the way in which people access information, so you’ll need to keep this in mind when testing your pages. You may need to research the requirements for these types of devices in order to ensure the pages are displayed correctly and function as they should.

Try testing your pages with a variety of mobile devices. Get people you know who use different devices to test your site and report their experiences back to you. This will provide the feedback you will need to be truly successful in the mobile market.

Test each page any time you make an update to it on your site. Not doing so may result in a broken link or layout that just doesn’t work. Naturally, it’s always that one non-working page that new customers gravitate to first, and you don’t want them to have any reason to leave because they are unable to access your information. Always keep in mind that how you think the layout will look and what actually occurs once the site is live may very well be two completely different things. Viewing a page live is the best way to spot any repairs that need to be made and take care of them right away. Visit http://mobilewebbestpractices.com/resources/ to learn more about creating and testing a mobile site.

Mobile website testing doesn’t have to be difficult. If you have a smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device, take the time to cruise by your pages on a regular basis. Try out the areas that require a call to action such as making a purchase. You should be able to go through the steps, stopping just before clicking the “purchase” or “place order” button. This will give you the real experience while helping you improve the look and feel of your mobile site.

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