Which browsers should a website be tested on is a question that has been asked quite often. The truth is that the browsers on which a website should be tested depends on a wide range of factors.
These include whether add-ons, cutting edge technologies (HTML5) or plug-ins are being used. It also depends on whether browser betas are being tested, or it is simply being made sure that a website appears and works properly across the mainstream browsers. Over the past few years, certain browsers have taken over a huge share of the market and these are the browsers on which websites should be tested. Thus, here we have the <b>top 5 website browsers you need to best testing your site on.</b>
Why Test Websites In The Following 5 Website Browsers?
As of June 2013, the usage of Google Chrome has risen to 42.68%, which is one of the reasons why a website should be tested on this excellent web browser. Today, the number of people using Google Chrome is the greatest and so websites should be regularly tested in Chrome so that any layout inconsistencies can be picked up. When newly launched websites are tested in Chrome, quite a few things can be spotted.
Since the WebKit rendering engine is used by Google Chrome, which is also used by numerous lesser known browsers, issues associated with them can also be found when testing a website in Chrome.
2. Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer, especially IE 9, is the second most used browser with a usage of 25.44%. Therefore, the web design of a website should be tested on different versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer to find out how it looks or is rendered in each version. This can also help in debugging websites if any bugs or issues are identified.
Some customized Windows Virtual Machine Disks (VHDs) have been created by Microsoft so that websites can be tested by website designers for free in Internet Explorer 9, 8 and 7. A word of advice, it is recommended that websites should be tested in Internet Explorer 6 in particular.
With a usage of 20.01%, Mozilla Firefox is the third most used browser as of June 2013. Like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox also has quite a few different versions. So, websites should at least be tested in the latest version of Firefox along with a few of the versions before it. The advantage of testing websites in Firefox is that there are numerous addons that make the process easier.
For instance, addons through which the current page can be viewed in an alternate browser are available. Similarly, there are addons through which the screen resolution of the browser can be changed to view websites accordingly.
Unlike the above three browsers, Safari has a usage of about 8.39%, which means it is not used by as many people. However, web developers often come across customers who demand that their website should work flawlessly on Safari and every other browser, even if they are used by a small percentage of people.
Thus, since Safari is after all in use, there is no harm and it would certainly be wise to test how a website will be rendered in this less commonly used browser. Testing websites on Safari will also give developers an idea of how websites will be rendered to Mac OS X users.
Opera is the least used browser on this list with a usage of 1.03%. The biggest advantage of testing websites in Opera is being able to get an idea of how the websites will appear in mobile devices. A good idea of the defined resolution, pixel density, user interface and more can also be gained when testing websites in Opera.
One useful feature that Opera is equipped with is the Opera Small Screen Renderer, which can be used by website designers to test how websites will appear in a tiny window, such as that of a mobile phone.
The Top 5 Website Browsers For Website Testing
Although two out of these five websites are used by a very small percentage of people, however, the fact remains that people are using those browsers to view websites as well.
So, in order to effectively cater to that audience, websites should be tested in all of the above 5 browsers to get an idea of how they will be rendered and to detect any bugs or issues.