Friday, June 15th, 2007...9:21 am
Make Sure To Test Design Changes In Different Web Browsers
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Whenever you make changes to your blogs design (this includes any new plugins you install), it’s a good idea to test whether those modifications are being rendered correctly by different web browsers.
Unfortunately all the major browsers render pages differently and I’ve often found the smallest change can completely mess up my blog. Most of the time the culprit is Internet Explorer, but Firefox has caused some headaches as well.
Your stats will give you a good indication of what percentage of your visitors use which type of browser. Firefox and Internet Explorer usually have the lions share, but I like to test changes in Opera as well just to be thorough, and now that Safari has been released for Windows I’ll be using it to test as well.
It’s not a big effort to bring up your blog in a few different browsers and it sure beats the embarrassment when you get an email from a reader telling you of a problem with your site, and realizing it’s been caused by a change you made a week ago.
For lazy or snobbish Firefox users like myself there is a handy plugin called IE Tab which lets you open up an Internet Explorer tab within Firefox.