When you design and optimize your website, it is imperative internet users have the ability to view your website across all major Web browsers. Major Web browsers to show for are: Internet Explorer (all versions), Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, Safari and Opera.
Web browsers do not read HTML code in the same manner. HTML is the main programming language used for displaying web pages and other information on a Web browser.
The impact of each Web browser reading HTML code in a different manner is that there is a high probability that your website will display differently across different Web browsers. Do not make the mistake of designing your website and launching it without first testing how it looks across different Web browsers.
Part of website optimization is to make sure your website shows properly across all major Web browsers.
Check for Web Browser Compatibility
One method to check your website for Web browser compatibility is to download a version of each major Web browser and test your website on each browser. Much of the disconnect that occurs between the different Web browsers that display your website is due to incompatible website HTML code. Each browser handles erroneous code differently.
HTML code standards can be found through the World Wide Web Consortium at w3c.org, which should be adhered to as closely as possible. There are also application add-ons that particular Web browsers offer, such as Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, which test for different Web browser compatibility issues.
A rule of thumb is to deal with these issues as they come to light. In other words, website optimization in regards to Web browser compatibility needs to conducted as you design your website, rather than at the very end. Do not wait until you have finished your website to conduct this website optimization step.
Save yourself time and hassle by systematically checking for Web browser compatibility during your website design process, specifically that your website displays error-free in all major Web browsers.
Screen Resolution Compatibility Issues
Design your website with different screen resolutions in mind. Make sure that your website displays as you want it to on different monitors.
Two common screen resolutions that a majority of your website users use to view your website are: 800 X 600 and 1024 x 768. It is a safe bet to say that if you optimize your website for those two (2) screen resolutions it should take care of a majority of your website visitors, including laptops and wide-screen monitors.
Both Web browser and screen resolution compatibility must be done to properly optimize your website during the design process!