Why Your Website Should be Browser Compatible

5 common browser logos used as an image

As much as I do not care for Google Chrome (lacking in user privacy) this browser is gaining in popularity; though it is my guess this popularity is due mainly because many users are unskilled/unmotivated at uploading and installing Firefox, Safari or Opera browsers to use on their many new devices.

A good example: I recently purchased a Samsung Tab E tablet and Google Chrome was the preinstalled browser. However, due to Google Chrome tracking, I immediately installed my favourite browser which is Firefox.

And, yes, before Google Chrome users shout at me about new privacy settings, there are ways to block Google from setting cookies, etc. You can follow the techniques detailed on Steven’s post at: http://www.stevenferrino.com/google-chrome-tracking-your-every-move/ to do this if you use Google Chrome and don’t want to be tracked.

So, now I bet you’re going to ask me how, as a website designer, am I able to check that the websites I design are in fact browser compatible; and that is a great question.

Simple; do an internet search for “check website for browser compatibility” (feel free to change the wording slightly. Tweak it for your use) … minus the quotation marks, of course, and you will see a list websites offering this service … some whose service is even offered free of charge.

Using this browser testing tool sure solves your potentially missing out on a website visitor who might not be able to opt in on one or more of your offers because your website is not browser compatible.

Think about it, would you come back to a website where the form is not working correctly in your chosen browser?

I know I wouldn’t.

To top this off; a website that is truly browser compatible has no worry as to WHICH browser is in the lead!

Sources:
http://venturebeat.com/2015/05/01/chrome-passes-25-market-share-ie-and-firefox-slip/
http://lifehacker.com/5763452/what-data-does-chrome-send-to-google-about-me
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-prevent-google-from-tracking-you/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome

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