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Browsers: What are they and what do you need to do?

Matt

We get asked a lot about browsers, so I thought I’d write a quick article explaining what they are and why we all, (not just website designers) should be little more clued up on what version we are using.

First things first, what is a browser?

Your browser is the software you use to browse the web. Most people use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, though there are various other popular options. It’s very likely that you are using your browser right now to read this article. It’s the software that allows you to visit a website.

Just about every computer will come with a browser installed already. For most people, that browser will be Internet Explorer. Many people also choose to download other browsers too; current figures show Google Chrome is the most popular one.

Mine is working fine, why do I need to know more?

If you’re using a smart phone (e.g. iPhone, Blackberry etc) or a tablet (e.g. iPad, Kindle etc), it’s good news, the chances are you don’t really *need* to do anything, however, if you have a PC or laptop, read on just a bit more.

We all know things move fast in the IT industry and browsers are no exception. If you are using an old browser, the chances are you are missing out on some clever features on websites you visit. Old browsers simply don’t display content in the same way as new ones. In short – newer browsers generally show things better, sharper and more quickly. 

All of the most popular browsers are free to download and free to upgrade, and the website will usually tell you if you need to upgrade or not. They are nearly always quick and easy to install as well so, all in all, it’s silly not to be using one of the newest versions available. I’m not saying you should check for updates every day or even every month, but if you haven't ever checked if you’re up to date, why not take look? 

Ok, I’m convinced and I have a few minutes to spare now – what do I do?

We use lots of different browsers, every day. As responsible website designers, we have to make sure that the websites we create will work in all browsers. At the moment my personal favourite is Google Chrome. You can download it here.

If you’d rather stick with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, you can download the latest version here. Another popular alternative is Mozilla Firefox.

 

If you’d like to know more, or need some expert advice on how your website performs in different browsers, give us a call today on 01462 676070 or email us at info@emsl.co.uk.

Browsers - What you need to know







If you are using an old browser, the chances are you are missing out on some clever features on websites you visit









All popular browsers are free to download and free to upgrade.

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