Cross Browser Compatible

What Is It? How Important is?

Where Developers Go Wrong

Updated: January 13, 2020
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
Cross Browser Compatible

How To Make Your Website Cross Browser Compatible

There has been a tremendous increase in the number of websites created. In 1998 there were just 2.4 million websites. Today there are around 1.8 billion websites on the Internet! Every day thousands of new websites are created. People visit these websites on a variety of different devices. This is where one of the biggest challenge comes in

With more than 3,000 different types of Web enabled devices. You will want every visitor to see your Website just exactly as you would like them to see. The question is; How each User sees your website? This is why Cross Browser Compatibility is important

What Is Cross Browser Compatibility?

Cross-browser compatibility refers to the situation where a website displays in the same manner, in all web-enabled devices, no matter what their type is. All technologies are not built the same. As a result, some technologies are not mutually compatible with each other. For instance, a website may end up being compatible with a Mac browser version and at the same time not compatible with a PC web browser version. This provides a great need for website owners to ensure that their websites are compatible with all web enabled devices

How Important is Cross Browser Compatibility?

Is cross-browser compatibility really important? The answer is Yes! Browser compatibility is very important. If your website is not browser compatible, it could cost you your customers. This is because whenever users encounter problems on a website, most opt to leave the site and will not return. After all, why would a user return to your website whereas there are other websites that they could browse. Cross-browser compatibility is essential if you are to keep your customers. Otherwise, you will be on the losing end, and at the same time enriching your competitors

Where Most Website Developers Go Wrong

Each website developer or content writer has that specific browser version that they love. They develop their content and debug the entire products on that specific browser. However, this is a huge mistake that they make. It should be noted that you as the website owner are not the "user". Your users can be any person and they may be a different one from the browser that you prefer. Hence, developing your website to fit only one browser version will only serve to negatively affect your product. You may end up losing potential customers and users just because they use a different browser version than the one that you prefer. Therefore, it is really important to ensure that your browser is compatible with all browser versions

How to Make Your Website Cross Browser Compatible

Despite the fact that creating a cross-browser compatible website is not that simple a task, it is neither an impossible task as well

The following points highlight simple ways that you can make your website cross-browser compatible;

Use the Latest Technologies

Keep pace with the latest technologies on web development, updates in libraries, development tools, and frameworks. This will be a benefit to you as you implement these technologies into your website. As a result, your website will perform on even the latest released browsers and their versions

Keep Your Code Simple

Focus on the quality of code and not the quantity. A simple code can be more cross-browser friendly. And such a code can be easily maintained when debugging is necessary or when adjusting it for compatibility

Use Cross Browser Friendly Libraries and Frameworks

CSS frameworks such as Foundation and Bootstrap javascript libraries like jQuery, AngularJS, ReactJS, MooTools, 960 grid, etc.can provide you with a style code that makes cross-browser compatibility easier. Using frameworks can also help you build a responsive web application very fast. The other advantage is that frameworks help make the web application appear and behave in the right manner on all mobile browsers

CSS Reset

Each web browser follows particular default CSS rules. You can consider adding one of these as the first style sheet so as to reset. You can, of course, forego doing this if you use a framework that already has one

Check For The Doctype

The Doctype refers to the very first line in your code. It describes the HTML which will be used in your web application. Each browser version has its own standards and rules. Therefore, you need to first define the doc-type of your web application. Otherwise, the rendering engine will guess it for you; leading to bugging and other inconsistencies. Examples could look like this:

   <!DOCTYPE html>
       <html lang="en">
            <head>

Do not Skip Cross Browser Testing

Even with these tips your website may end up still not being cross browser compatible. This could be due to other reasons, such as coding that doesn't work on all browsers. So, don't assume! You need to check that your website actually works on every available browser

You can use a Cross Browser Testing Tool which provides you with multiple tests. We have compiled a list of the more popular online testing sites. Some are free and some are paid

Browsera
Automated Browser, Compatibility Testing, Tests and reports cross browser layout differences and scripting errors on your website

IETester
Browser Compatibility Check for Microsoft's Internet Explorer Versions from 5.5 to 11

BrowserStack Live
Interactive testing on over 2000 browser types and real devices instantly

Browsershots
Was built on a unique idea of allowing people to volunteer computers to be the processing power. Currently it has over 65, what they call “screen-shot factories”

TestingBot
TestingBot is an automated and manual cross browser testing tool. Running one of the largest Selenium Grids on the web

Browserling
A live interactive cross browser testing tool started in 2010. Focus is all about testing fast

CrossBrowserTesting
A cross browser testing service that launched in 2008. Test your website in dozens of browsers and real devices with instant results. Over one thousand combinations of browsers, OS platforms, and devices. They use real physical devices for all tests

IE NetRenderer
IE NetRenderer is another screen shot service that has been around. It allows you to see how a website is displayed by the numerous versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Older versions of Microsoft’s Web browsers are known for their sometimes unexpected behavior and failure to comply with W3C internet standards. This online tool is ideally suited for web designers working on Macs and Linux

Turbo Browser Sandbox
Browser Sandbox is a tool run by turbo.net, which allows you a unique way to test web browser issues. A web based container platform that runs desktop and server applications instantly on any Windows Desktop

Sauce Labs
Another popular cross browser testing tool among developers and features Selenium testing, mobile testing, and JS unit testing. Some of their customers include brands such as Zendesk, Lyft, Yahoo, Intuit, OpenDNS and HP

BrowseEmAll
BrowseEmAll is another cross browser testing tool which focuses on live testing, screen-shots and code analytics on your local machine. Users include brands such as Blue Cross, Bank of Cardiff, Ohio State University and University of Newcastle

MultiBrowser
A responsive, mobile, cross browser testing software. Some of their users include big brands such as Xerox, Experian, AT&T, and Nationwide

Experitest
Automated cross browser testing with Selenium and Appium tests on 1,000+ browser types, versions, and operating systems

TestComplete
Easily automate browser testing to check for cross browser compatibility across multiple devices and operating systems. Test in parallel across more than 1500 real test environments

LambdaTest
Perform Automated and Live Interactive Cross Browser Testing on 2000+ Real Browsers and Operating Systems Online

Functionize
Using a artificial intelligence and the fact that if you set up tests for one browser, there’s no need to recode tests for others

Summary

Do you would like your website to be among the Top Rated Websites or help your ranking with the Search Engines? It all starts with your web-site's cross-browser compatibility
Also do not forget about the importance of a Mobile Friendly "Responsive" Website


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Don M
Your blog is really nice, I like the way you understand the browsers and how they can be different, Thanks


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