One of the issues that arises from time to time is how a blog appears in different browsers. A sure way to lose visitors to your blog is to have a blog that looks bad. But there's always the chance it looks bad and you don't know it.
How? I mean you DO look at your own blog, don't you? Sure you do. But do you look at it in more that one browser?
More than one browser?
Yep. More than one browser. You should be looking at your blog in more than one browser.
It used to not be an issue. Until recently, Internet Explorer has the browser market sewed up. And for good reason. Every Windows computer has Internet Explorer (IE) installed.
A long time ago, Netscape Navigator was the big daddy of all Web browsers. But things changed. And, with the release of Internet Explorer 4, IE had a quality browser that was included in all the computers that most people used. IE 5 and IE 6 strengthened Microsoft's stranglehold on the browser market.
All that meant was that, if your blog looked good in Internet Explorer, it looked good for nearly 95% of all people. Maybe more, depending on your audience. Netscape, once the leader, had lost the lead, seemingly for good.
New Kid On The Block
Netscape hasn't made a comeback, but the Mozilla Project, which was spun out of Netscape after AOL bought the company, has developed a browser called Firefox. And Firefox has made a dent in Internet Explorer's share of the browser market.
Oh, IE is still the dominant browser, but not quite like it used to be. While most computers still have IE installed, not everyone who has IE uses IE.
Me, for instance. I really like Firefox. And we won't go into all the reasons I like it. That's for another time. But, as a blogger, you should be aware that some of your readers probably use Firefox. At one time or another, Firefox users have made up from 20-40%. Recently, stats have hovered around 25% for this little blog. Over at the Alliance, Firefox makes up about 30% of the audience.
So, if you use IE, it would be a good idea to download and install Firefox and on occasion, look at your blog in that other browser. If you're a Firefox devotee, be sure to look at your blog in IE.
This is a particularly critical step you need to take any time you set up a blog, or make a change to your template or style sheets.
Put it this way, if you've changed something about your blog (other than just writing a new post), be sure to check it out in both IE and Firefox. Or, if you're a Mac user, Safari. And, if all you do is write new posts, it's still a good idea to check your blog in Internet Explorer and Firefox, at least once a week. Just in case something in one of your posts causes issues.
Regardless of your own operating system, it's a good idea to check out your site in the most popular browser and in a Mozilla 5 browser, such as Firefox. You may also want to view it in the Mozilla Suite Browser, Opera, Netscape 8, or such. But, at a minimum, IE and Firefox. That covers over 90% of all computer users.
The more of your readers you write for (not just topics, but also appearance), the more of your readers you'll please. And happy readers come back.