Cross Browser compatibility testing is one of the most important step before any website go live. Cross platform browser compatibility test is not a big deal if you have multiple version of various browsers available on different platforms. Most browsers can’t have multiple versions installed side-by-side. The newest version replaces older versions. But the availability of such infrastructure is extremely rare if you maintain a personal blog or website. The other option is to depend on the online services which provides extremely useful features and allows you to test your website or blog across multiple versions of different browsers.
In this article let us get introduced to top 10 services that helps you to test and verify the multi-browser compatibility of your website.
Top Ten Tools and Online Services to Test Cross Browser Compatibility
1. Adobe® BrowserLab
This is a high quality browser compatibility online service from Adobe. BrowserLab is ideal for professional web designers and web developers to ensure that their website is compatible on multiple browsers and operating systems. See the screenshot below.
The BrowserLab tool provide extensive previews in multiple ways. You can even compare how your web page looks in two browsers, side by side. You can easily align screenshots to a specific point with Smart Align feature to more easily see differences across browsers. It supports the following browsers.
- Chrome 9.0 & 10.0 – windows
- Firefox 3.0 & 3.6 – OS X
- Firefox 3.0, 3.6,4.0 – Windows
- Internet Explorer 6.0,7.0 8.0,9.0 – Windows
- Safari 4.0 & 5.0 – OS X
Access to Adobe BrowserLab, an Adobe CS Live online service, is available on a complimentary basis through April 12, 2012. At the end of this complimentary period, Adobe may offer for-purchase subscriptions.
Try Adobe® BrowserLab Service
2. IE NetRenderer – Browser Compatibility Check
IE NetRenderer is a free online HTML tool that shows instantly how your website looks like in different versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. IE NetRenderer allows you to check how a website is rendered by the following versions of Internet Explorer.
- Internet Explorer 9
- Internet Explorer 8
- Internet Explorer 7
- Internet Explorer 6
- Internet Explorer 5.5
If you are using Firefofx browser you can download and install IE Netrenderer Firefox Extension.
Try IE NetRenderer
3. BrowserShots – Check Browser Compatibility and Cross Platform Browser Test
BrowserShots helps you to test your website across multiple platforms (operating systems) and multiple versions of different browsers on each of the platforms. Browsershots is a free open-source online web application and makes screenshots of your web design in different operating systems and browsers
Browsershots supports the following platforms
In linux you can test compatibility on different versions of the following browsers
Chrome ,Dillo , ELinks ,Epiphany ,Firefox ,Flock ,Galeon ,Iceape ,Iceweasel ,Kazehakase ,Konqueror ,Links ,Lynx ,Minefield ,Mozilla ,Navigator ,Opera ,Safari ,SeaMonkey ,Shiretoko ,
Avant, Chrome, Firefox,Flock, K-Meleon,Minefield,Microsoft Internet Explorer, Navigator,Netscape,Opera,Safari,SeaMonkey ,Shiretoko
Dillo 2.0,Epiphany 2.22,Firefox 3.0,Kazehakase 0.5,Konqueror 3.5, Opera 9.64,SeaMonkey 1.1
4. IETester : Browser Compatibility Check for Internet Explorer 5.5 to 9
Read moe about IETester-Browser Compatibility Check for Internet Explorer 5.5 to 9.
IECapture (url2png) allows you to test and see the screenshot of your website page in Internet explorer. It is fast but provides one screenshot of your website rendered in Internet explorer.
Even though this tool doesnt provide cross browser compatibility testing features, ViewLike.Us allows you to check out how your website looks in the most popular resolution formats.It gives you the screenshot of various resolution like iphone, Wi Browser, 800×600 etc.
7. SuperPreview for Internet Explorer
This free tool from Microsoft expression will allow you to compare renderings of IE6 with whatever other version of IE you have installed on your machine. If you have installed IE8, you’ll be able to compare IE6, IE8 and IE8 running in IE7 compatibility mode, side-by-side.
Download SuperPreview for Internet Explorer
8. BROWSERCAM – Cross Browser Compatibility Testing Tools
Free trial offers 24 hours and up to 200 captures for free. Try BrowserCam
Browserseal allows to capture a web site screenshot with easy to use graphical user interface.it comes with standalone versions of all major browsers, including Opera Mini, allowing the developer to verify the web site layout under all browsers. Trial version of Browserseal is available for download free of charge but is limited to two browsers (Firefox and Internet Explorer) and one screenshot per session.
BrowsrCamp tool allows you to test your website with Mac OS X browsers. You have to login, buy some credits and a Mac machine is made accessible to you via a remote desktop web client
11. IE Tab extensions
IE Tab Firefox plugin and IE Tab Google Chrome extension allows you to quickly compare IE layout and Chrome or Firefox layout of your website pages.
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