Gomez just released a cool gizmo that reviews a website and displays how it looks across various browsers. Why does this matter some may ask? A single website page can look differently across different browsers such as Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox. In fact, different versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer can make the same website look different if it is not written to manage IE’s quirks. Yes, the fact that web developers have to worry about this amazes me as much as it probably surprises you.
This “quirkiness” of Internet Explorer may given companies with older websites something to think about and presents a need to reconsider a website refresh. How do your prospective customers view your website and what type of perception does it give to visitors? It depends on which version of IE they use, as well as your website’s CSS file. Unfortunately the results may surprise you. Remember that your website is one of the first things prospects see in regards to your company. This image can quickly lead to dead prospects if this image is distorted by poorly written CSS code or a lack of understanding for browsers and more importantly different versions of IE.
To do a quick health check of your website, visit www.gomez.com and check out the gizmo.