2009.01.26 23:45:13
Susan Jackman

I just discovered one of the most useful resources I have ever come across!

Website developers have to test websites in a very wide variety and many versions of browsers that users may be using and it can be a difficult task.  Many browsers will only allow you to have one version installed and there are of course different versions for different platforms.  (Linux, Mac, and Windows) So how does a developer test the site without having to own many computers?


What is Browsershots?

Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service created by Johann C. Rocholl. When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue. A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server.  The advantage to this tool is that you can view many many browser screenshots at once but they are just screenshots so you can't test the navigation and you can only look at one page at a time.

Cross Browser Testing

Cross Browser Testing works in a very different way.  It takes a while to load and while you are using it there is a definite lag time between your interaction and the results. You can only view one browser at a time but it shows you a live page where you can test links and navigate through your site!

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