Most average students know how to finish their homework, get good grades on quizzes, and complete their assignments in time so they can run out the door to play. Excellent students know their weaknesses and push themselves to reach further than the average student to ace the test each and every time.

Underperformance, whether in the classroom or in business, is not something to strive for especially when it comes to your website! A website that might look beautiful in one browser or screen might look terrible in another because different browsers interpret web coding differently. As you might imagine, it is impossible to control what type of computer, monitor, software, operating system and browser that people use to surf the internet.

At Charene Creative, we preview the sites that we’ve created in Safari, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer for Windows – before going live with a website. We run these cross-browser tests to insure that most visitors of a website can use it and navigate through it quickly, easily and with the same consistent presentation.

Browser compatibility testing is crucial because inconsistent and messed up web pages can undermine a visitor experience and confidence with any brand. Not everyone will have the newest or most up to date browser or computer monitor so that means various versions of browsers and screen resolutions must be checked to verify the integrity of a website design.

Google Analytics is a valuable tool that can help businesses to understand which browser and operating system is being used most by website visitors. Once someone understands which browser and system is most popular with their target audience, testing can be done and design modifications can be fixed preferably before a website goes live.

This may seem like a daunting task but it is very important that every site owner know how their website looks and works across all major browsers, operating systems AND mobile devices. Happy testing!

Does your website make the grade?

Share this post with your friends on…