Exa News Update, October 2010


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5 Reasons to Test your site in all
major web browsers?

It's the day of your big website launch and employees and clients are eagerly waiting. You type your web address into the browser and press enter. Was the initial design in Firefox or IE? Oh you can't remember and it should work in either of the two.

To your surprise your website doesn't look like the original design. The flash banner isn't displaying your varying products and services and the layout is stretched across the screen. Images are pixelated and designs do not match the intended functionality.

Cross-browser testing is an extremely important part of a website launch but is commonly overlooked. Each browser will display your website differently, so it is integral you test your website in all six major browsers. What looks and functions perfectly in Internet Explorer doesn't necessarily transfer to the remaining browsers.

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  1. Design:

    Professional, sleek design is fundamental to a company's website; the goal to obtain this in each browser. As the visual aspect of the website, the design must incorporate and adhere to differing coding to ensure it is depicted accurately across all six browsers. Stretched out images, dull colour schemes and plain web text can be avoided with a cross-browser compatibility check.

  2. Functionality:

    There's nothing worse than visiting a website and clicking a link that doesn't deliver. Unfortunately, this is something that occurs when cross-browser checks are not undertaken. Many web developers construct websites to perform with the common Internet Explorer and rarely review functionality in other browsers, resulting in broken links, distorted videos or interrupted page views.

  3. Visibility:

    Users will not be tolerant or patient to try and view a website in all six browsers, which is why it is integral your website is visible in the majority. Errors need to be eliminated so users can get straight to the website without any issues. Website visitors will not wait until problems are identified and fixed, they will move to the next one that appears in their search.

  4. Hacking:

     What clients are saying: Showcase Jewellers

    Web browsers have specific coding to display websites. Many web developers and designers hide web coding in particular browsers to eliminate hacking. What may be hidden in one browser, doesn't mean that it is secret in another. Avoid hacks and work-arounds by testing your website in each browser.

  5. Mobile Browsing:

    The Internet is mobile; so too is your website. Not only does a website need to be cross-browser checked on your computer, but design and functionality should also be examined in multiple browsers on the mobile domain. Websites need to be simple to use and view for mobile internet browsers; cross-checking an easy way to ensure potential clients find their way.

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