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The Importance of Cross-Browser Website Design

The are hundreds of web browsers throughout the world, but only five important players: Firefox, Internet Explorer, 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.

Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome and Opera

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 2010, the most popular browser was Chrome, with 30.60% of internet surfers using this to browse web pages. That could mean that 30.60% of visitors to your site, do not see it as the web designer intended if they have not checked cross-browser compatibility.


Web Browsers Market Share June 2014(from Statcounter via





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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

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 45 percent of browsing (compared with 35% for Windows desktop machines).

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.