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The Importance of Cross-Browser Website Design
Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome and Opera

Cross-browser web design is important because the are hundreds of web browsers throughout the world, but only five important players: Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari (for Mac users), Google Chrome and Opera. Each browser implements the code used to create web pages [such as HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript] a little differently.

Why should you worry about differences in the way websites display in various browsers?

If your web designer creates a website and only checks the way it displays in Internet Explorer, the chances are, that when someone using one of the other popular browsers views your site, it may not be diplaying correctly. Some differences may only be cosmetic – the page looks different in IE and Firefox for example. Other differences can break the webpage and you may find that some important features of your site do not even work.

Statistics from show that, at the beginning of 2018, the most popular browser was Chrome, with 57.46% of internet surfers using this to browse web pages across all screen sizes. That could mean that 57.46% of visitors to your site, do not see it as the web designer intended if it has not been checked for cross-browser compatibility.

Web Browsers Market Share Feb 2018 (from StatCounter)
1 Chrome 57.46%
2 Internet Explorer 3.06%
3 Firefox 5.5%
4 Edge 1.86%
4 Safari 14.39%
5 Opera 3.69%
6 Other 1.47%

All our websites are checked for cross-browser compatibility.

Every website created by Chadwick Design is built to the latest W3C standards and is checked in:

  • Internet Explorer 8 +
  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari 4+
  • Opera
  • Edge

What this means is that you can be confident that visitors to your website will see it exactly as we designed it, regardless of the browser they used to reach it, and that all the functions will be working as they should. What’s more, because your site is built to the latest standards it will be easy to maintain and develop in the future.

Of course it is no longer sufficient to have a website that displays correctly on a desktop computer since a recent study has shown that mobile devices now account for 51.43 percent of browsing (compared with 44.41% for desktop machines*). *Statcounter

All our website designs are therefore checked for display in:

  • iPads and other tablets
  • Smart Phones

For the best display on tablets and mobile phones as well as on desktop PCs and laptops, we can create you a responsive website design.

If you have an existing website which does not work properly in all the major browsers, or on an iPad or phone, give Chadwick Design a call on 01780 740893 to find out how we can help.