Ex-pert: n. Knows More Than You
The Sprocket Report
Casey Anthony in the news and a Thanksgiving Day chat got us thinking about internet browsers. We think about browsers so our clients don’t have to. Is your web expert thinking for you?
News services report that when the Florida sheriff’s office examined the Anthony computer, they only looked at Internet Explorer, missing some suggestive searches made using Firefox. (news story) While Chrome may be the most-used browser world-wide, Internet Explorer is the most popular choice in North America. It’s not surprising that they went straight to IE during their investigation.
Lots of folks don’t realize that there are different browsers available. Nor do they understand what happens when a browser gets upgraded. Over turkey last week, we listened to a family member fume about the browser-related hoops he had to jump through because his employer is woefully behind the times.
Employees are required to regularly fill out an evaluation form online. Unfortunately, the employer’s web “expert” created the form to be used with an older version of Internet Explorer – and it simply doesn’t work in the current version of IE. He has to uninstall his current browser and re-install the older version in order to meet the requirement.
An expert web developer always builds sites with backwards-compatibility and cross-browser compatibility in mind. The client, who may have only one computer using only one kind of browser on her desk, might not even realize that her new site has been tested and tweaked to work on multiple browsers as well as on multiple screen sizes.
If you’re wondering how to see what your website looks like on different browsers, you can check for free at sites like http://browsershots.org. If your site doesn’t look right after you run the test, talk to your web expert.
You are the expert in your field. No one expects you to be a programming wiz as well. Let your web expert handle the problems of browsers, screen size and all the other details that go into creating a good-looking and hard-working website. Keep in mind that budget-priced site designers may be less detail-oriented in order to keep their costs down. Ask specific questions when you are soliciting quotes for your next web project so you know what you are getting.
We’ve been building websites since 1996 and we’d love to put our expertise to work for you. Contact us today to discuss the possibilities. We’re happy to help!