Testing multiple browsers on multiple platforms isn’t just difficult — it can be virtually impossible without the correct resources. However, there are tools that let you comprehensively test your website, and check if it successfully displays across various browsers, platforms, and resolutions. That way, your users will receive a positive, user-friendly experience no matter what their setups are.
There are over 750 browsers as of now – This includes browsers across Windows, OSX, iPhone, Android and other platforms. It is almost impossible to download each one and test your website to ensure that the design shows correctly in each browser. All you do is enter your URL and the tools take snapshots of the appearance of the page in multiple browsers.
1. Browserstack: BrowserStack is a cloud-based cross-browser testing tool that enables developers to test their websites across various browsers on different operating systems and mobile devices, without requiring users to install virtual machines, devices or emulators.
3. Browser Ling: Browserling is a live interactive cross-browser testing service that provides effortless cross-browser testing for web developers and web designers. Browserling provides quick access to all the popular browsers on the major operating systems. Users can just go to www.browserling.com, select a browser and start testing their website.
There are more than 80 browser combinations to choose from, along with the ability to change the screen resolution. Once your time is up, you’ll be asked to re-submit your URL or upgrade to a paid plan, which includes SSH tunnels to access localhost and Intranet services, remote desktop access and higher time limits to test as much as you need.
4. Browsera: Browsera is an all-in-one, web-based tool for testing web sites for errors, complications, and layout issues. Apart from screenshots, Browsera provides the users with an in-depth assessment of problematic areas in need of attention.
Instead of testing single pages, you can test your entire site by crawling the links on your site or accepting a list of URLs you’d like to test. There’s support for dynamic content such as AJAX and DHTML since Browsera waits until the page has finished loading before testing. You’re alerted to issues quickly, as possible cross-browser layout problems are immediately flagged and presented.
5. Litmus: Litmus provides cross-browser page testing in addition to user email previews. Just give litmus an URL and they’ll show the users how it appears in popular web browsers. Litmus now goes beyond screenshots, it also tests interactively with real email clients and previews the user’s emails in real-time.
Link validation means you can verify all of your links and also make sure the URLs you’re linking to aren’t blacklisted. The flexible setup allows you to add team members, clients, and partners to a testing project, without limits on users or tests and unlimited access to all the features available.
If you’re a Mac OS X user, you have the added advantage of using Alkaline, a free Mac app to run email and browser tests right from your desktop. With a range of plugins, Alkaline lets you test page designs across multiple browsers without dealing with virtual machines.
6. BrowseEmAll: BrowseEmAll enables the users to quickly test their applications and website designs on all browsers and multiple platforms — including mobile devices. The desktop app features a side-by-side view that allows the users to compare up to four different browsers from different platforms side-by-side for layout comparison in the same window. BrowseEmAll helps you find cross-browser issues quickly, optimize your site for mobile devices, test local pages and even run different browsers. There’s support for all major browsers, with BrowseEmAll keeping track of new browser releases and updates.
BrowseEmAll lets the users try their site on iPhone, iPad and Android simulations, and switches between landscape and portrait mode. BrowseEmAll runs on your local machine, so you can easily test websites protected by a firewall, and create detailed cross-browser reports with browser specific and full-page screenshots. You can run up to four different browsers side-by-side and quickly see how a change affects the rendering in your chosen browsers.
Sauce Labs lists your recently run tests chronologically, with info about the testing platform, runtime, build and whether they passed or failed. Once a test is complete, you’ll receive a full report with the metadata and log files, and you can flip through screenshots to diagnose errors and verify layouts, or even watch a screencast of the whole test.