iPhone website testing? Clear your cookies, browsing history and cache!
If you are building a website for a client, you not only have test your beta versions in various browsers including Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer; you also need to check displays in various mobile platforms including Apple, Android and Nokia.
In fact, many would suggest that any new website you build on professional hosting platforms should perhaps be targeted towards mobile FIRST. By 2013, web access via a Smartphone is set to exceed that of a laptop or desktop.
But, this point has still not sunk in for a number of web designers as evidenced by recent Google data that suggests that mobile sites area on average 1.5x slower than desktop versions.
In terms of testing your designs, check out this solid article on Six Revisions, which gives you 10 testing tools for mobile devices.
But, there may come up a point when while testing the site on your actual iPhone none of the changes you have made in code are showing up correctly in the Apple Safari browser. This is frustrating and may simply be due to an un-cleared cache, browsing history or cookie trail.
The solution is not to access settings in your mobile safari browser but to visit the general settings in the iPhone and access the Safari icon found in the menu. You can then set about clearing your browsing history, cookies and cache.
By doing the above, you also speed up your phone and web-browsing experience as unneeded files have been removed from the disk space.
It’s vitally important that web designers and developers start targeting their websites towards the latest versions of Apple and Android browsers. Also don’t forget about tablets, which look set to become a dominant form of web browsing in the next couple of years.
Many predict that mobile and tablet users will simply hook in larger external screens to offset the smaller screen real estate in the future as they pursue a more mobile lifestyle at home and at work.