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Test your website in any browser

How many times have you wished that there was an online tool where you could test run your newly designed WordPress theme or the latest website that you have designed for cross browser compatibility?

How many times have you found yourself frowning upon IE or any other browser for not being standards compliant and showing messy designs?

I am sure that every designer or developer must have searched online for such a thing at some time or the other. So, after much searching I finally found a website that definitely comes to your rescue. Browser Shots, which is a free open-source service, lets you make screenshots of your website in different browsers that are available on the Internet. When you submit your URL, it will be added to the standard job queue. A number of different computers will open your website in their browser and then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server. Not only does this tool run your website on different browsers but also on different operating systems including Linux, Windows and Mac OS. The browsers included are MSIE (Versions 4.0 – 8.0), Firefox (Versions 1.0 – 3.0), Opera (Versions 9.23 – 9.26), Safari (Versions 1.3 – 3.1), Netscape Navigator and others.

After you have entered your website’s address, Browser Shots will give you an estimated time frame after which you can check back for the developed screenshots on the specified URL. These screenshots are pretty accurate of what your website will look like in most of the browsers and this will help you in debugging your designs and layout accurately. The only drawback I can see is that it takes a lot of time for the screenshots to be made if you select too many browsers at once. Other than that, it is a pretty good service.

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  6. Raja Torkar left a comment on October 3, 2012 at 1:49 am |

    A gr8 collection of cross browser testing resources. However me and all my web designing community friends most often wonder which browsers are important and which to leave out. It’s always a trade off between efforts and rendering. The 4 Main Browsers to Test Your Website Rendering In helped me understand browser traffic and also helped me save my efforts and time in avoiding unnecessary coding for lesser important browser. Hope your readers do benefit from it.

  7. Sam left a comment on June 19, 2012 at 1:40 am |

    eggPlant is also a good tool for those who want to improve cross browser testing.


  8. BrowserSeal left a comment on January 4, 2010 at 3:31 am |

    Not only browsershots is painfully slow (30 minutes is not uncommon), but think what happens when you do discover an issue ? Should you wait 30 minutes for each bug fix attempt !?

    The solution is BrowserSeal – fast screenshot application, which comes with standalone versions of all major browsers.

  9. Andrew Jhonson left a comment on August 20, 2009 at 1:58 am |

    To rescue the web designers from this aching job of testing browser compatibility in different browsers there are few websites which offer this service. On these websites you can check the compatibility of your website in all desired browsers. You can find these websites at http://www.bestpsdtohtml.com/7-awesome-resources-to-test-cross-browser-compatibility-of-your-website/

  10. Imran Raza left a comment on June 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm |

    I have corporated the same in my blog http://razaimran.blogspot.com/ with more detail plus i have included the validators which might help all the webdevelopers to validate their css,htmls, javascripts, so get those links guys.

  11. smith left a comment on September 28, 2008 at 10:20 pm |

    http://essentiabct.com is another alternative emerging strong in the browser compatibility testing space. It does image comparison in addition to capturing screenshots on different browser.

  12. Andrew left a comment on April 4, 2008 at 9:54 pm |

    This is exactly what I looking for. Thank you

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  14. Ruben Cano left a comment on March 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm |

    Such great tool! Very useful for webmasters.

    I also have a WP blog that I designed based in one of yours themes and now I’m sure that works properly in the most common browsers.

    Thanks for the link and for your work.

    Rubén from Spain.

  15. Hussein left a comment on March 23, 2008 at 12:45 am |

    Great tool. 🙂

  16. Jack left a comment on March 20, 2008 at 10:51 pm |

    Pretty cool find!

  17. Adrian left a comment on March 20, 2008 at 9:02 pm |

    As you mention, BrowserShots can be really slow. They have an arsenal of browsers, but be prepared to wait.

    Total Validator is a nice alternative for screenshots and validation with hardly any wait time. You just can’t do 20 browsers at once.

  18. andol left a comment on March 20, 2008 at 7:33 am |

    i think it is really useful, i like it.

  19. gmurali.com left a comment on March 19, 2008 at 8:06 pm |

    great found, Jai
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