Does your home business have a website or blog? Have you ever tested it in different browsers to see how it looks in each? In many cases, a website or blog is the client interface. Since several browser versions are used, at least the major ones should be tested. Nothing is worse than creating a negative first impression a customer receives about your business.
I learned about a website – BrowserShots.org – that runs these tests for you. I ran a simulation of 103 browser versions to see how Homepreneurs looks to our readers. The results were interesting for the major players: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, with some definite issues (see below).
|MSIE, version 7.0 on XP||MSIE 9.0 for Windows 7|
|Firefox 13 on Windows XP||Safari 5.1.2 for Windows XP|
Chrome 19 for Windows XP
Browsers are constantly updated and patched, so we won’t mention the latest versions. Suffice to say that several versions of each exist in the world. These versions will display pages differently (as noted above) and Browsershots.org is open source software and free for testing. Browsershots.org tests your website’s compatibility on different browsers by taking screenshots of your web pages rendered by real browsers on different operating systems. This is a wonderful service for web page designers and website owners to test add-ons and verify incompatibilities with various browsers.
This is another free utility for your virtual toolbox. Satisfy yourself that your home business is represented well on the different browsers your customers might use.
By Dion D. Shaw
Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
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