In last week’s TechTips, I provided you with a chart of the market share for different Internet browsers. Google Chrome’s browser commands a 60% market share. I’ve included the chart again below.
This chart got me thinking that it is essential for you to make sure your website displays correctly on multiple browsers. It would help if you made sure the pages of your website render correctly on at least the top three Internet browsing platforms.
You could install each browser on both a Windows and Apple computer so you can load your website and test all of the pages. However, this is at best a cumbersome process.
Enter browser testing websites.
How to Test Your Website
A quick Google search will pull up some different website services that will test your website pages automatically for you using multiple browsers. One of the ones that have been around a while is Browsershots.
It is a free, web-hosted, cross-browser compatibility tool that lets you test both modern and legacy browsers, including browsers for Linux, Windows, and Apple machines. The process is simple:
- Choose the platform you want to check. For example, choosing Windows will test various versions of the Chrome browser, Firefox, and Opera. Choosing Apple will test Chrome for Mac, Firefox for Mac, and Safari.
- Enter your website URL.
- Click the green submit button.
The Browsershots service platform provides some ways to view pages, including a full-page view in a single browser, as well as side-by-side comparisons of browsers and an onion skin view.
This service works by taking screenshots of your webpage using hosted versions of each of the browsers that you select. You can create pre-defined browser sets that contain the specific browsers you want to test. This allows you to check only the browser versions that you are interested in, although you should check every browser (including multiple versions).
Each screenshot is displayed in a grid. To view the screen, just click on it and it will open in another browser tab. There is an option to download all of the screenshots so you can look at them later.
One-time tests are available for free. Several other pay plans are available that provide priority processing. For initial tests, the free version should work fine for most people.
It’s worth a few minutes of your time to see how your agency website looks on multiple browsers. It’s just a simple way to make sure the browsing experience for your prospects and customers is the best it can be.