With these tools at their disposal, CEOs can check if your site is truly mobile friendly. Web developers can get specific instructions on what needs to be fixed and how.
No matter if you want to please your users, or if you don’t want Google to remove your site from mobile search results, or if you want to get specific instructions on what needs to be fixed on your site to make it work (better) on mobile, we just have the tools for you.
This test will really tell you more about how Googlebot is going to see your page rather than how your mobile users might see it. That in itself is very helpful because you can use its feedback for SEO purposes as well.
If your website passed the test, you’ll see a green message that says AWESOME! This page is mobile friendly. If it doesn’t pass, the message will be red and say Not mobile friendly.
In the case that your website doesn’t pass the mobile test, it will also give you the reasons why it failed, like the content is wider than the screen or the links are too close together.
This is a tool that shows you whether Google considers your page to be mobile-friendly or not. If the tool says “no”, the page will be moved down in the rankings for mobile search results in favor of similar pages on other mobile-friendly sites.
The second tool I really recommend is Google’s PageSpeed Insights. This tool has been around for a while, and while it’s not just for testing mobile websites, it comes in handy specifically for that.
When you test your website in PageSpeed Insights, it will tell you a lot of information. It will show you screenshots of how it looks on mobile and desktop, as well as give you mobile and desktop speed scores.
In addition to the speed scores, it gives you some detailed information on what you should fix, what you should consider fixing, and things you’ve already fixed correctly. It is easily my favorite speed testing tool for testing websites on both mobile and desktop.
Free with a registration.
Amazing desktop tool for running and testing sites on a multitude of mobile devices, from tablets to smartphones to dumb phones.
BrowserStack is a paid service.
It will give you actual screenshots of how your website looks on every device. In the majority of cases this is much more useful, however, there is a downside. Since you have to load the website on each individual device and take a screenshot, it can be a little bit slow.
And then finally we have the W3C’s MobileOK Checker. Like other W3C tools, it looks a little dated and in need of a UI update, but it does the job.
It will check your site’s markup code for errors in web standards, graphics or images, resource size, and HTTP errors. It also will check other issues such as if pop-ups are detected, validity of SSL certificate, etc.
Similar to PageSpeed Insights, the tool offers a solid set of recommendations on what to change, why to change it, and a high level of how to change it.