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Frequently Asked Questions
As of 2019, 4 billion people access the web through combinations of 9000+ distinct devices, shipped with 21 different operating systems (vendor + version), along with 8 major browser engines that power hundreds of browsers.
For a website to be compatible with every one of these combinations, it is integral to test webpages on different browsers. Without testing in real user conditions, device and browser-specific bugs are bound to show up when the site is accessed by users in the real world.
Consequently, QAs must be testing websites on different browsers and devices. This is essential to ensure cross browser compatibility for a website so that it can offer a top-notch user experience regardless of the device and browser used to access it.
An easy way to test websites on different browsers is to use BrowserStack Live. Just follow the steps below:
- Sign up for a free account on BrowserStack Live.
- Navigate to the Live dashboard.
- Choose from one of the many real devices and browsers available for testing.
- Test the website in question.
- Repeat the process with another device-browser combination.
Additionally, website loading speed is a major aspect of site performance. Pages that load within two seconds have an average bounce rate of 9%, while pages that load in five seconds see their bounce rates skyrocket to 38%. Naturally, executing a website speed test is integral to website testing.
Use BrowserStack SpeedLab, a free tool that allows you to enter a URL, and get a detailed report on how fast the site loads on multiple real browsers and devices( desktop and mobile).
Essentially, with one click, you get details on website load speed when accessed via different mobile devices and browsers. No need to open the site on multiple devices and browsers. Just one click on SpeedLab will suffice.
Simple. Use BrowserStack Live to view sites in different browsers, as per the steps outlined in the previous answer.
To start with, determine the target audience for your website. Identify which browsers, browser versions, and devices they use to browse the internet to reach your website. Those are the ones to start testing your site on.
Once you have tested on the most popular browsers, expand your coverage area and test on browsers that are in lesser use, but still in numbers significant enough to matter to your website’s audience. Ensure that you keep testing the site on newly released browser versions so as to stay relevant to your users’ preferences.
If you’re still not sure where to start, try this piece: Testing for Fragmentation: Understanding Browser, OS, and Device Fragmentation
See for yourself. Sign up for a free BrowserStack account, and you can check your site in different browsers on real devices.
- Signup for free on BrowserStack
- Navigate to Live Dashboard
- Select the device and browser you want to test on
- Start testing
Absolutely. As stated before, it is important to check websites in different browsers because the browser and device fragmentation are a major concern for all website developers across the world.
People utilize a multitude of browsers and browser versions to access the internet, and if a website does not render and function perfectly on any of them, you risk alienating a major part of your target audience, losing traffic and potential revenue.
BrowserStack’s real device cloud offers 3000+ real browsers and devices for you to test on. They simply need to sign up, choose a relevant device-browser combination and start testing.
BrowserStack also offers a multitude of features meant to facilitate easier testing and bug resolution
- Geolocation Testing
- Network Throttling
- Real-Time Debugging
- Testing in dev environments
- Integrations with multiple CI/CD tools as well as testing frameworks.