Web development is progressing in leaps and bounds. Websites are becoming more beautiful, intuitive, and taxing on the hardware they run on. One of the biggest obstacles for web developers today is universal compatibility, or making the Internet appear the same to all, regardless of the user’s hardware or software.
At silver, we stress test each of our websites on multiple platforms. The goal of every compatibility test is to identify errors in front end presentation and problems with back end functionality. We affectionately refer to this process as “breaking” the site. Pull the aspect ratio to every possible combination of height and width. Click through every clickable aspect of the site. Does your site link correctly to Facebook and Twitter? Does your interactive map zoom properly? The list goes on. And testing on just one browser will not suffice. A thorough compatibility test will include every possible combination of browser, hardware, and software you can think of, and don’t forget about mobile.
For most companies, finding machines to test these combinations is not a likely option. Luckily, with a Browserstack account you can test every major browser on one screen. By selecting from the list above, you can generate a preview of how your website will preform on different platforms. Once you can go through your site on every browser without finding an error, you can launch your site with confidence that your viewers will see exactly what you intended.