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Today there are a plethora of web browsers available on the internet. To enhance the reach of your website you need to make it compatible with all the browsers. And for that, you need to test run your site on as many as web browsers possible. By making your site cross-browser compatible, you can quickly attract the global audience and clients. As per my observation Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the two most commonly used internet browsers.
While developing the websites for my customers I came across this fact that every browser has its way of reading the site and with few optimisations, one can quickly achieve the highest level of compatibility. The websites based on the latest HTML5 and CSS3 standards are usually compatible with all the internet browsers but still it will be good that you design it in such a manner that the site can easily function on the different screen sizes.
As each browser has its way of reading the website; these ways can sometimes make or break your site. On the top of this, a web owner is himself not aware of the browser version that be used by his potential customer to access the site. With several years of experience in the internet industry, I can ensure you that no one has been able to achieve 100% compatibility with all the web browsers, but there are different ways which will help you overcome this problem.
For a start, you should code your site as per the guidelines laid out by W3C. By following these guidelines, you will not only make your site easily accessible but will also be able to boost the SEO of your portal. By using the latest CSS3 & HTML5 technology, you can add different animations, functions and special effects on your website which will properly run on all the browsers. It will be good that you create separate versions of your site which should be compatible with both desktop and mobile browsers.
I usually prefer sites like www.validator.w3.org to check the HTML code written by me. The best thing about this site is that it offers free service. The programme not only checks the document type mentioned on the website but also tells what version of HTML is utilised. When it comes to building a website from scratch, I opt for Adobe Dreamweaver as it not only helps me in creating cross-browser compatible websites but also assists me in giving them a unique design.
After the advent of latest CSS3 technology, it resolved several compatibility issues, browser crashing and website display. If you work a web designer, then I would like to suggest you that you should pay proper attention while developing the CSS Style Sheet as several browsers may overlap each other creating an unreadable mess. There are plenty of website building software’s available in the market, but I always choose Adobe Dreamweaver as it helps me building compatible & highly responsive sites for my clients.
In case you are planning to make a graphic or a media intensive website then it will be good that you use Flash. Nowadays there are several mobile devices which use Flash but still it will be good that you create a non-Flash version of your website. The only drawback of Flash-based sites is that they don’t run properly if the browser doesn’t have a Flash Plug-in installed. Moreover, the search engine bots also don’t track the links in Flash material.
Whenever I develop a website, I usually run it on different versions of the web browsers as it helps me detecting specific issues and lags while testing the site. If you don’t want to spend time on testing your site, you can also take help of some online tools that will perform this task on your behalf.
I have personally used all these below mentioned online tools for website testing. Hope these tools will also help you in testing your sites.
Screenfly is an effcient web-based tool in which you just have to enter the site’s URL which you want to test and then start flipping through the various screen sizes. With Screenfly you can quickly check out how your site will look on mobiles, tablets and full size PC’s. This tool has encouraged new design flexibility and helped me a lot in improving my web design.
With the help of Responsive Design Checker, you can quickly the visual elements of your site respond to the different screen sizes. This web-based tool will test your site on 27-inch, 17-inch, 15-inch, 13-inch desktops & laptops. Besides this, it also runs tests on iPAD, Nexus, and iPhone in both landscape & portrait view. Responsive Design Checker is one of the most widely use tools for checking the responsive web designs.
Responsivepx will help you in thoroughly checking the responsiveness of the web design. You can quickly look at the appearance and the functionality of your website across different mobile devices and screen sizes. The users can check both local & online versions of the site. Moreover, this tool also offers controls to adjust the width and height of your viewport and will be able to find the exact breakpoint widths in pixels.
With the help of this tool, you can quickly check your site’s visibility on different screen resolutions like 1920×1200 1680×1050 1600×1200 1440×900 1366×768 1280×1024 1280×800 1280×768 1152×864 1024×768 800×600.
It is an online service that assists in website testing on different screen sizes, in various orientations and on different web browsers (including mobile browsers). This tools has encouraged new design flexibility and helped me a lot in improving my web design. All you need to do is to put your URL in ProtoFluid portal, and it will quickly display how your website will appear on desktops and mobile devices.
This tool will not only help you in testing your site in different resolutions but also on various browsers. Browsershots supports all the browsers like Firefox, IE, Opera, Safari, Chrome & their different versions. Moreover, you can also run it on different platforms like Windows, Mac & Linux. You just have to submit your website URL and within 2-3 mins the display all the results.
This tool allows you to see the HTML pages as other would. You can quickly shuffle between different links as they will appear on various browsers and you can also check for text-only purity. Moreover, it also allows you to select specific page elements.
In today’s dynamic business market it has become essential to come up with an engaging and cross-browser compatible website which will help you reach the global audience in an affordable and less time-consuming manner.