Which web browsers should I test my website with?

9 April 2009

When building a new website you want to make sure that every website visitor is able to view the website clearly.

Because of CSS issues, you will find that viewing a website in Firefox and in Internet Explorer will render the website differently and will quite often show you 2 different looking websites.

For testing purposes you should check your website in the most popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Google Chrome

and now that it's been released, Internet Explorer 8
Now you need to check with different computers and monitors:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Apple Mac
  • 17" monitor
  • 19" monitor
  • Any other size monitor you can test with

Lastly you need to check your website against different user preferences:

  • Javascript turned off
  • Flash not installed
  • Cookies switched off
  • Java applets not installed

If you still pass all of these tests then it's fair to say that your website is probably ready to go live!

But if you happen to have them you can always see how the website looks using a PSP, iPhone, and other mobile phones that can browse the Internet.

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