Why Browser Testing is Important for Your Business [VIDEO]
By Andy | Jul 29, 2019 (3 min read)
UX | Video | Web Development
As you probably already know, a web browser is an application you use to access the world wide web. A lot of people think of the browser itself as the internet. But in reality, it’s the portal through which you view the internet.
Even though you will likely use the same browser most of the time on your computer or phone, there are several browser options out there.
Popular browsers today include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari (from Apple), and Edge (from Microsoft). Although early on Internet Explorer was the most popular browser, today it has been replaced by Chrome. As of July 2019, Chrome holds 63% of the worldwide market share of web browsers.
Testing Before You Launch
If you are launching a new website or making changes to an existing site, make sure you test your application in multiple browsers.
This testing is essential because some browsers behave slightly differently.
Typical differences between browsers are fonts, form fields, buttons, and scrollbars. By testing your new website on each browser, you can ensure that all your visitors will have a similar user experience.
Reporting an Issue with Your Website
If you are working with a developer and your new website is having issues, then be sure to report the following information:
- Which device you were using (desktop, mobile, tablet)
- Which operating system (macOS, iOs, Windows, Android)
- Which browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer)
- Which browser version (you can check this on each browser)
- The link you were visiting
- The steps you took to get the issue
When you report an issue, your developer has to try to reproduce the bug that you experienced. If you don’t include these issues, then it is difficult for the developer to understand the problem or reproduce it.
Keep in mind that your web developers will likely be creating your website on a modern, up-to-date browser. Therefore, it’s a good idea for you to keep your browser updated also.
Testing your new website on multiple browsers will help your website perform more consistently for all your users. This consistency will improve user experience and drive more sales for your business.