Have you ever had someone say to you that there’s something wrong with a site (or even your site?!) and yet when you check it out, everything looks just fine?
Often the reason for this is that you’re using a different browser to that “someone”, but we seldom think to check that basic fact!
Recently a client complained that there were some weird grey dots around the blog posts on her site, but I couldn’t find the darn things… until *light-bulb moment* I thought to try a couple of other browsers! And in Internet Explorer I could see those weird grey dots too…
That was great – if you can see a problem, you can often fix that problem!
There’s a very handy tool that will do a lot of the hard work for you: go to http://browsershots.org , select a few browsers under “Windows” and “Linux” (I normally only check the “Big 4″ – Firefox, IE, Chrome & Safari), fill in your website URL and click “Submit”. (If you choose too many browsers it takes too long.)
I selected 17 browser options (different versions of Firefox for example, under Linux and Windows), which took quite a while (I would allow about 1/2 an hour for this) – you can just let it run in the background. Remember you only need to do this on the odd occasion if you’ve made some big changes to your website’s appearance – not something you have to do every week!
A few notes:
- the images are in landscape, so may appear a bit “stretched”, so just check that the main things appear to be OK.
- If you have a pop-up optin form (like I do) it may obscure some of the screenshots!
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