Designing a website that is attractive and appealing to many people is not a simple process. It takes long hours of work by programmers who are dedicated to their craft. One of the most important things for web designers to do is to test their various website designs on all available browsers. If a web designer fails to do this, there is a very good possibility that a large number of people will not be able to view the website as the designers had originally envisioned it. This will mean that all of the hard work that was put into designing the site will have been for nothing.
When to test
If you decide to browser test your site too early and you end up needing to make additional changes, you will most likely need to devote time to testing the site a second time. For this reason, you should only test your site after your client is satisfied with it. You want to be in a situation where you only test the site one time for the initial implementation. If your client decides some changes need to be made, you should test it for each individual change.
What to test
Make yourself a list of various browsers that you will test your website designs against. This will provide you with a steady set of goals that you can use when you perform quality checks on your designs. There are certain clients that will want you to test your design on browsers that are not on the list you created. If this is the case, you might consider charging extra for this service.
The following are some ideas for programmers to use to browser test the websites they have designed:
The first thing you should do is to perform tests using the most current versions of all the modern browsers. All of the browsers other than Internet Explorer (IE) contain rendering that is extremely consistent between various versions. Therefore, it is ok for you to test against the latest versions, while also keeping the compatibility of the browser in mind.
You should then perform browser tests using every earlier version of IE from 7 to the present. If you are using Windows, this will not be difficult. If not, you can use a browser testing service or an emulator. Since we are now living in the age of mobile devices, it would be wise to test your site for use with mobile browsers as well. There is the strong possibility that many people will be accessing your site via Android or iOS devices.
Making sure to test your website designs in all available browsers will insure that everyone who visits your site, regardless of the device they used, will see the site as intended. Errors and formatting problems can cause your site to frustrate and annoy visitors. By testing your website design in all available browsers you can insure these problems will not occur.
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