Top 10 Free Web Apps to Test Cross-Browser Compatibility

Although Matt Cutts from Google says on YouTube that PageRank does not take into account cross-browser compatibility, it’s better to make your website or blog compatible with different browsers, which will be good for user experience and impact your PageRank indirectly.

For example, if your website is not compatible with IE 6, the IE 6 users will think your website sucks for terrible layout, and they won’t link to it even though the contents are great, which will be not good for your PageRank, since no links, no PageRank.

So, how to find out if your website or blog is compatible with different browsers? It’s hard to install all the browsers in your computer and test them one by one, but it’s easy to test cross-browser compatibility with below 10 free web apps:

1. Browsershots

test cross-browser compatibility with browsershots

Browsershots is a powerful website for you to test cross-browser compatibility. Not only can you check your website layouts in Firefox, Chrome, IE and many other browsers, but you can also check them with Linux, Windows, Mac and BSD operating systems.

What you need to do is to enter your website URL and select the browsers and OS you would like to test.

Go to Browsershots

2. Adobe Browser Lab

test cross-browser compatibility with Adobe browserlab

With Adobe Browser Lab, you can check out how your website look like when it is opened by IE, Firefox, Safari and Chrome browsers in Windows or OS X.

You will need to register and sign in to use the service.

Go to Adobe Browser Lab

3. Browsera

test cross-browser compatibility with browsera

For free Browsera users, you can test your website and its linked pages in Firefox 2/3 and IE 6/7 browsers.

And you can also test multiple websites or web pages at a time.

Go to Browsera

4. IE NetRenderer

test cross-browser compatibility with IE NetRenderer

On the IE NetRenderer website, you can test how your website is rendered by Internet Explorer 8, 7, 6 or 5.5, what you need to do is just entering the URL of your website.

Besides, you can also add the NetRenderer Toolbar to your IE and / or Firefox browser.

Go to IE NetRenderer

5. Browser Screenshots

test cross-browser compatibility with cross-browser

As the name, the Browser Screenshots website will take screenshots of your site or page in different browsers, such as Firefox, IE, Opera and some others for Windows, as well as Firefox, Safari and Chrome for Mac.

Just enter your URL and select the browsers and operating systems, then you are done.

Go to Browser Screenshots

Besides the above 5 websites, you can also install below 2 Firefox add-ons to test cross-browser compatibility.

6. IE View

test cross-browser compatibility

The IE View Firefox add-on will let you load pages in IE with a single right-click or automatically.

Go to IE View

7. IE Tab 2

test cross-browser compatibility with ie tab 2

IE Tab 2 is an enhanced version of the classic add-on IE Tab which allows you to test the IE browser compatibility of the current webpage in the current Firefox browser or in a new IE browser.

Go to IE Tab 2

No matter websites or Firefox add-ons, the above 7 web apps are only available for you to check out how your websites look like in computer browsers, to test cross-browser compatibility in mobile browsers, you can check out below three web apps.

8. DotMobi Emulator

test cross-browser compatibility with dotmobi emulator

DotMobi Emulator will show you how your website looks like in Sony K750 and Nokia N70. What you need to do is to enter the domain name of the website.

Go to DotMobi Emulator

9. iPad Peek

test cross-browser compatibility with ipad peek

Enter the URL of your website, then you will see your website in a virtual iPad.

Go to iPad Peek

10. TestiPhone

test cross-browser compatibility with TestiPhone

With TestiPhone, you can test your website layout in a virtual iPhone by entering its URL.

Go to TestiPhone

So, how does your website or blog look like in different browsers? By the way, if you are looking for a WordPress theme, you can also first test its cross-browser compatibility with the above 10 web apps.

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3 Comments

  1. Lazer Epilasyon Merkezleri
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    iPad Peek has a few limitations. There’s no touch scrolling, ads produce pop-ups, and embedded Flash videos and objects will still render inside the emulator even though the real iPad doesn’t do Flash.

  2. BLOG404
    Posted August 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous list – the one i was searching the web , bookmarked :)
    This covers everything , but dude i also suggest to add http://www.opera.com/mini/demo/ link
    Its opera mini , which displays how website looks on worlds famous mobile browser :D

  3. Young
    Posted August 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    @BLOG404 Opera Mini Simulator is also a nice web app to test mobile browser compatibility, thank you for sharing!