Does your website look great in Firefox and Safari, but look great in Internet Explorer?
If so, then you need to read this, web development and cross-browser compatibility is a very serious issue that should be addressed by any web development company or individual.
Web development companies and individual developers, if professionals are to address this issue with their clients, must ensure that clients’ brand and web design looks identical across the most popular browsers.
From Internet Explorer to Opera included in the top 5 most used Internet browsers (based on statistics taken October 2010), any professional web development company or individual developer needs to be vigilant with their web browser compatibility check.
To stay on top of this pressing issue, there are a number of free websites available that you can use that will sample website screenshots of your website and how it appears on select web browsers.
The easiest way to find these web browser check sites is for Google the following statement: “How does my website appear on other web browsers?” This is the current market share of the top 5 most popular web browsers as of October 2010: Information source here
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 59.18%
- Mozilla Firefox 22.83%
- Google Chrome – 8.50%
- Safari – 5.36%
- Opera – 2.29%
In short, cross-browser compatibility is one of the main issues that arise when developing a new website or custom website application.
It is a best practice to ensure that a customer’s website looks as identical as possible across the most popular browsers. However, we agree that there are a lot of differences in the way some of these web browsers work and the different web scripting and coding languages they use and their interpretation of it.
So really a lot of these issues can be resolved while developing the website itself. The easiest way to avoid issues is to work with a web development company that already knows the ins and outs of cross-browser compatibility.
4 tips to make sure you don’t lose customers due to web browser issues
- Download the 5 most popular web browsers to your computer or laptop and thoroughly test your website on each of them.
- Discuss any issues with your web development company or professional developer.
- Solve these issues by checking the supported web languages by checking for compatibility with the web browsers themselves.
- Web languages to check that appear differently across most web browsers include: HTML v1-5 and CSS v1-3 which are the two main languages that cause the most common web design and browser issues.
If you are a customer, I highly suggest you address these issues with your development company. If you are the supplier, again I highly suggest addressing these issues on behalf of your customer.
Making sure that your browser compatibility is as good as it can be means that you or your customer will not lose potential customers from customers who use one of the top 5 web browsers.
Customers who may want to purchase an e-commerce website or shop online due to these browser issues may also be delayed purchase. Online business is serious business – take cross-browser compatibility seriously as it can mean increased or lost business for you and your customer.