W3Schools has shared some interesting browser statistics of its website visitors from data collected since 2002. This popular website gets 50 million monthly visits presently and the data reveals some interesting insights. If you look closely at this data, you will notice that Mozilla’s Firefox used to be quite popular back in 2011. Ever since, Google’s Chrome browser has led the race and retained its dominance as the most popular browser with 79.6% users in September 2018.
Having said that, can any business afford to neglect their website visitors using other browsers? Well, if they do, that’ll be loss of business opportunities which they can’t afford to do in this competitive era. The proliferation of internet across the world has meant that new users from different age groups and countries are now added to the world wide web. Gone are the days when there was only Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer to contend with. Today, we have Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera, Lynx, UC Browser, Yandex, Sea Monkey, Mosaic, just to name a few. Let’s not forget the many browsers like Tor to access the dark web.
Cross Browser testing is the process of ensuring that website and web applications render well across the many different browsers in use today.
Let’s cut to the chase and outline the 5 Key Reasons why Cross Browser compatibility testing is important than ever before:
#1. For a seamless User Experience (UX)
Testing across different browsers ensures a seamless experience for all your website visitors, irrespective of the browser that they are using. With such a wide range of browsers, devices, and operating systems available today, cross browser testing is a crucial part of developing software. The purpose of cross-browser testing is to provide a consistent behavior and experience across all browsers, devices, and platforms.
#2. Applications work differently on different browsers
The fact is that different client components yield different results depending on the web browser they are run in. For example: Apple Safari’s text-to-speech will only work well on the MacOS.
#3. Different technologies used in building the world wide web
#4. CSS styles can render differently
CSS styles can render differently in one browser over the other. What might be working correctly on Internet Explorer (now Microsoft Edge) might not run seamlessly on Google Chrome. This is something that can be detected in the cross-browser testing and addressed.
#5. To thwart Competition
Finally! If you won’t spend time and resources in ensuring cross-browser testing your competition most definitely will. If you don’t want to fall short on the expectations of your customers, you must take the issue of cross browse compatibility with all the seriousness it deserves.