Every time you update the web pages on your website you should test your new updates in the most popular Internet browsers. Some new webmasters make the mistake of thinking that if you test for Internet Explorer then that is enough. That isn’t true. Mozilla Firefox use is gaining a lot of ground so if you don’t test for Firefox usage then you’ll miss out on a lot of good website visitors if your web pages don’t look the way you want them to. Even if you test for Firefox and IE you’ll still miss out on valuable traffic as there are other browsers that get quite a bit of usage. The following list of browsers should be tested with your web pages and this is the minimum:
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
These are currently the most popular web browsers on the market and while the smaller browsers do not enjoy huge usage, there are enough users that you should test your web pages for them. IE and Firefox you have likely heard of. Safari is used by the majority of Mac users although there is now a version for Windows. Chrome is Google’s new browser that involves the aggregation of features from several other browsers. Flock is popular among social media users so I wouldn’t leave that one out. And Opera has a few unique features that make it attractive to a small minority of Internet users. Be sure to test your web page updates in these browsers before uploading them to your website.