When making a website, one of the last things that most webmasters are going to be thinking about is how their site will work on other browsers. In the past, this wasn’t too much of an issue because there were a limited number of browsers around, but in recent years a number of popular browsers have been developed. Firefox, Chrome, and Opera are just a few examples of popular browsers, and many users still use the classic and in many cases the default Internet Explorer. Having so many options is nice for users, but it can be a bit of a pain for web developers because websites aren’t always compatible on other browsers. Sometimes this means the site won’t work at all, other times this means specific pages or content area will incorrectly load.
As the name clearly suggests, this is a straightforward tool for testing how websites function on other browsers. The layout is very simple, showing the website on the original browser, and then in a smaller window displaying how the website looks on a different browser. There’s also the option to set up automated screenshots, which can be useful for quickly capturing error messages in-between crashes.
Litmus is a little more advanced compared to some other testing tools. Litmus provides testing on all of the major browsers and most importantly can produce bug reports along with screenshots to help web developers identify what is causing problems. Emails can be sent containing the screenshots, which makes it easier to share information with other web builders. Litmus is also Mac compatible.
Browsera is a great tool for newer web developers that aren’t too confident in their own abilities. The reason for this is that Browsera will automatically correct any problems it discovers when it comes to cross platform browsing. This is certainly a nice feature, but it can actually be a little annoying for more advanced web developers, who might find the automatic fixes interfere with their own development.
Sauce Labs likes to go one step above and beyond most other programs by offering video support instead of just taking screenshots. This is an interesting feature, but one that isn’t always that important. Sauce Labs works with any programming language, and can also test how the site works with firewalls, something that can be useful for sites that are having issues with “false positive” security problems.
Adobe Browser Lab
Adobe Browser Lab was another tool useful for testing how sites work with other web browsers. Like with other Adobe programs, the interface is praised as being user friendly. Adobe Browser Lab offered a number of options for both new and advanced developers. But unfortunately it has shut down on March 13, 2013!
The following infographic by incion.com contains a visual representation of what we just discussed above.