You may be surprised to learn that not all browsers are the same. At one time, Internet Explorer was the be be-all-and-end-all of browers. Current browser trends show that is no longer the case. Whether you are business owner contemplating a new or redesigned site, understanding a little bit about browsers & browser trends can help ensure you get the best web design possible.
First, it’s important to know that what you see on your browser may not be exactly the same on another browser. There are slight differences in how browsers render or display a web page. Differences can be subtle variations in the appearance of text to major differences in layout positioning.
For business owners, this means that customers may not see the exact same web design you think you have.
To deal with this, cross-browser/cross-platform testing is an important step in building any web design. The goal is make sure the coding behind your web site renders properly on any browser/platform. While your website may look great on your system, no business owner can afford to assume customers see the same thing. Testing the site out is the only way to know for sure.
There are more than a few browsers in use out there, and to further complicate things, more than a few versions of each type. Testing every single possible configuration can be cumbersome, and not neccessarily the best use of anyone’s time. Basing cross-browser testing on actual useage trends is the best way to make sure your site works under conditions your customers are most likely to use.