The Importance of Site Compatibility across Browsers

Many web design enthusiasts tout the virtues of “responsive” web design, i.e. the ability of a website to adapt to various screen sizes and orientations and thereby provide an optimal user experience across different devices. Browser compatibility is just as crucial when it comes to the user experience.

Varied Options

Most internet users are loyal to one specific internet browser. The problem is that browsers don’t all work the same way. Major browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer have different rendering engines, for instance. A website may display well on one browser but look awry on another.

Disorganized Website Drives Away Visitors

Visitors who get directed to a landing page that appears broken are likely to abandon the website altogether. Some designers try to circumvent this by placing a disclaimer that states which browsers are best for viewing the site. This is actually a bad idea, as it might irk those who resent being told what to do. Others who only have one web browser on their devices may not be willing to go through the trouble of downloading another program simply to view one website.

If you have been receiving feedback about your browser compatibility (or lack thereof), it’s time that you talked to a web design expert about the possible solutions.

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