Multiple Browser Testing: Beginner’s Guide

Are you a webmaster? Do you publish on the web? There is one big question any webmaster or site owner must answer: do my site looks as expected in different browsers and operating systems?

If you already know how to test the integrity of your design on different platforms and browsers, you may skip reading this post right now. For anyone new in website publishing: the testing services listed below are “a must”. Every browser (and even the same browser in different operating system) will render your html in a different way, and (unfortunately) often the end user can see something ugly instead of the beautiful page you designed. But (fortunately), there are very good and free cross-browser test services online and you don’t have any excuse to avoid them. These below are my favorites:

Adobe BrowserLab

This is one of the best and most used cross-browser testing services that works as standalone online service ( and also from within Dreamweaver. I would advice, however, to use the online version with testing on real, remote server (not from your development machine). In fact, when I am building sites, I am always testing this way — local files tend to lead to problems. The way I am doing it: create a testt site online (some subdomain or a domain I am using for tests only), then uploading the site as on the final (real) server and testing this online demo. This is the closest thing to the real site I am building and gives me the exact result on how the final site will perform. But for quick tests while you are designing the Dreamweaver integration is fine. The browser lab service is still free — just go oand create your account with Adobe (they will ask for confirmation of your email in the usual “confirmation link” way).

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5 site validators I am using daily

Sometimes I am lazy about the code quality of my own pages. If all the browsers are showing the page as expected and visitors are able to get my site content, I can live with some “not-valid” piece of code. But it’s me. When working for clients, I am always checking the validity of the code (and the site ata all). Everything must pass the standard validation tests. And speaking of standards, here is the list of the 5 test tools I am using (almost) every day:

1) The W3C Markup Validator

This is the validator. If you never checked your site’s code against this validator — go and do it. It is not just a validation service, it’s a learning tool too. After fixing the same type of error several times, I tend to avoid the wrong code in future. In brief — this (and all) W3 Validators are the industry standard for testing against the industry standards 😉

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5 Best Site Speed / Load Time Test Tools

I am using a bunch of testing tools on a daily basis. In the comming days I’ll publish several lists with my favorite test tools, starting today with my list of speed testing utilities.

Online Site Speed & Performance Test Tools:

These are “real-life” testing utilities. In general, you enter the URL, select among servers/locations, click a button and get the report (after some time of waiting for the actual test  to be performed). The advantage of these tools is that you can check the load speed of your site from different locations (different servers in different countries).

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