If you are a developing a website, it is very important to ensure that your websites can be accessed by all major browsers such as Mozilla, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Testing each browser individually can be a very time-consuming and frustrating task. The good news is that there are several tools in the market which enable you to test the way your site appears on multiple browsers at the same time. Such tools also allow you to check the resolution of your site on different devices.
The following are some of the most effective cross-browser testing tools:
This tool allows you to test your sites with more than 100 Operating System, browser and resolution combinations. CrossBrowserTesting, which also offers support for mobile browsers, enables you to take screenshots or carry out live testing of your site. This way, elements such as AJAX, JQuery and Flash can be tested.
2. Sauce Labs
Sauce Labs offers a very unique cross-browser testing experience. Instead of just taking screenshots of your site on various browsers, it allows you to record a video of your site’s live testing. Rather than having to open the live test interface, you can simply replay the video to check any errors in your browsers. Sauce Labs offers users more than 3 hours of free testing every month.
Testing internet explorer can be a very tricky affair. For instance, some older versions of this browser don’t support certain CSS elements and HTML5. IETester can be a very useful tool for testing multiple versions of IE with one click of a button. This free and easy to use tool allows you to test all IE versions from 5.5 up to 10.
Most cross-browser testing tools allow you to test numerous browsers, many of which are not important. For more effectiveness, it would be advisable to stick to the browsers which are most popular. Spoon is an awesome tool which allows you live test your site on major browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera. However, IE is not included on this list.
Besides checking how your site appears on different browsers, Litmus also allows you to generate reports of these tests which you can share with other people or store in your records. This can be a very effective way of monitoring bugs on your website. It comes with a free version which allows you to test a limited number of browsers.
This is a Microsoft developed tool which is only accessible by Windows users. You can install different browsers on it to see what each looks like. This tool allows you to both side-by-side test and live test your site on various browsers. SuperPreview offers a 60-day free access period to users.
Browsershots is one of the most comprehensive cross-browser testing tools in the market. It allows you to test on common browsers such as Safari and Chrome, as well as rare browsers like SeaMonkey and Flock. You can adjust color settings, resolution as well as Flash settings.
Which cross-browser testing tools are you familiar with? Have you found using them improves the quality of your websites? Please share with us in the comments section below.