Tuesday, December 21, 2010

✍ FYI: Checking Your Site on Other Browsers

For Your Information...

So you've finally designed that perfect website using CSS or all the html codes you could think of.  Then you're thinking "too bad I couldn't see what my website looked like in other browsers".

Well, guess what?  There is a site where you can do just that without having to download the actual browser!  I found one the other day while thinking the exact thing, and I was a bit disappointed - not surprised (because I knew different browsers showed websites differently), but never-the-less, disappointed at how horrible some of our websites looked in some of these browsers.

Anyways, we're not going to start fixing them now because that would take too much time and work and I've come to the conclusion and the realization that 'you can't please them all', so we've basically 'put up a sign' letting our viewers know that the sites are best viewed using IE 7 or higher and that's it! (No matter how slow, unreliable or weird IE gets sometimes, it has always been my browser of choice, call me old fashion...)
However, if you have the time and the knowledge to get your website compatible in the majority of browsers but first want to see what they look like in them, or you just want to simply see (out of curiousity or just plain fun) what your website look like in other browsers, then check out browsershots.org!

What is Browsershots you say?
Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different operating systems and browsers. It is a free open-source online web application providing developers a convenient way to test their website's browser compatibility in one place. When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue. A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to our central dedicated servers for your review.

Other testers/resources:

  1. Browsercam - See your web design on any browser on any operating system. Check javascripts, DHTML, forms and other dynamic functionality on any platform. Not just yours. Use our bank of testing machines remotely to test your website. (Paid service)
  2. Browser Photo - From netmechanic.com, this site helps avoid display differences by showing you actual photos - not emulations -- of your pages taken on 12 different browser and computer configuration combinations! (Paid service)
  3. AnyBrowser - To create a compatible site you need tools and resources to help you, and they've listed lots of them here on this site. (Paid service)

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