Category Archives: Webdev

Best usability testing tools

Testsize

testsize.com

Tool to check how your website appears using various screen resolutions including: 240×320 (mobile), 320×480, 640×480, 1024×600, 1280×800, 1280×800, 1280×800 and 1280×800. Using the + or – keys you can zoom in or out to change the resolution in small increments. The space bar allows you to cycle through the standard screen sizes listed above.

Check your site in different screen sizes

Top tools for DNS issues

When moving web hosts you are going to have some downtime unless you are using the name-servers of your registrar, in that case you just need to change the ip address of your new host/VPS server. Below is a list of my favorite DNS tools:

Open DNS Cache check

http://cachecheck.opendns.com/

This tool from OpenDNS helps you check what server OpenDNS customers see when they request a domain. It includes their servers across the world including North America, Europe and Asia.

OPENDNS cache check tool

Pingdom DNS tool

http://dnscheck.pingdom.com/

I highly recommend the tools from Pingdom including their DNS server checker. Just enter your domain to check if its DNS servers are configured correctly. After the test it gives you a Permalink to allow you to share the test link. The results are either in Basic view mode for easy reading or Advanced mode for you techies out there.

Pingdom DNS checker tool