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Check Browser Compatibility Fast and Easy

Now like a lot of businesses now a day rely heavily on websites, and with the explosion of different browsers how can you make sure your site looks as good as it can on as many of them as possible?  Before I would have as many different browsers located on my computer and load up each with a version of my website and check it that way.  Well being that I am not a professional webmaster and most of the sites that I have designed were for personal and for friends, so I didn’t really want to spend all this time testing.  Plus my sites never really never generated revenue for me, they were mostly for informational purposes.
Now when I am in the business world, I’ve come across many instances where the website is everything, so I have done testing to make sure the websites of the businesses that I worked for where as compatible as possible to the most browsers possible.  Well today, I found a site that will drastically help in monitoring the sites appearance over mutipul browsers, that site is:  Browser Shots.
The first thing that I like about the website is that it gives you the option to select which browsers and which versions of the browsers you want to test.  The site isn’t instant as each selection has it’s own time frame for processing your website, as seen below:

See how long your site has before it processes

See how long your site has before it processes

See how long your site has before it processes

As your site starts getting checked, and you refresh you can see a thumbnails of the different browsers like you can see below:

See the sites in the different browsers

See the sites in the different browsers

Even then you can drill down and look at the results of the individual browsers one at a time, in an image bigger than a thumbnail:

A Drill Down view of the site in a browser

A Drill Down view of the site in a browser

While this doesn’t let you click through the site and make sure all features work for all browsers, it does give you a quick overview of the different browsers and make sure your site works with as many as possible.  I chose for my test 54 different browsers to test this site out on, and it took a while, so I suggest you only test the browsers that you know regularly visit you website.  Though if you have the patience like I do, you can always visit the site at a later time by bookmarking the results website and checking back at a later time.  Though honestly this saves me tons of time and it’s now one of my new favorite websites when it comes to web deisgn.

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