Does your business website look hazy on Chrome, blurred on Internet Explorer and unorganised on Safari? To put it otherwise, does it look not identically designed when tested on two different browsers? If so, chances are there’s something wrong with its browser-compatibility and you need to fix the issue as soon as possible to ensure it doesn’t affect your users’ trouble-free viewing experience and results in loss of revenue. Find more insights below:
With access to so many web browsers, it is quite reasonable to hold that your favourite web browser may not be necessarily what your visitors are using to find your website. Among the most-commonly used browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari top the list, while other lesser known players are also there trying to grab the market interest providing unique benefits. Interestingly, each browser behaves uniquely. Depending on how a website has been designed, developed, coded and executed; it might look differently in each of them.
Also its navigation, functionality, and performance can also change. While bringing 100% browser compatibility with all browsers is impossible, there are certain ways through which you can make it look impressive across each of these. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean creating different standalone version of your website according to browsers. All it needs is to understand how the browsers work, behave and then tweaking your website to respond to their queries smartly so that they only show your website in its best form.
First of all, make sure you know which browser is being used most frequently to view your website? You can see this by going to your website stats. Although it helps targeting a good number of potential audiences by making your website compatible with their browser, there’s always a high chance you are losing out on a lot of other visitors who are using a different browser. So, the next step is to start a broad research.
There are a lot of tools available to view the performance of your website across browsers. Some of these include BrowserShots, IE Tester, DotMobi Virtual Developer Lab (dedicated to device testing), Adobe Browser Lab, Browser Photo (shows how a picture looks like across browsers), Browsera (shows layout of your website). There are many other free as well as paid tools available to further track the visibility of your website across different browsers.
After you are sure of any inconsistencies, it is important to tweak the design and codes of your website so that it can at least render correctly. Some of the techniques include using standard compliant coding, ignoring the use of browser specific codes and validating your coding with the W3C free validation service. The website should have a consistency in terms of media, content. If it is too heavy (made using flash) it should incur more problems. So, ensuring your website is cross-browser comestible also depends on the mutual skills shared by both a designer and developer who are assigned to make the site go live.
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