What cross-browser/cross-platform compatibility means, and why it is important for your website!

You work on your website SEO (search engine optimization), build organic traffic to your website through blog posting, articles, and webpage content, work on your social media, and perhaps purchase some kind of advertising or pass out your business cards with your website on it.  You like traffic to your website.  You want your website to be accessible – not lose traffic because of it not being accessible (a good reason to also have good reliable web hosting!).  Even if your website is a restricted members only website, if traffic and accessibility is important to you, it is important that your website is cross-browser compatible and cross-platform compatible because you don’t know what browser or device your web visitor and potential customer will be using.  If they can’t access your website properly, you will be losing traffic.  Not sure what these terms mean or how to achieve this?  Read on…!

Cross-browser compatible means that your website works on the major internet browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.  Make sure your website is constructed correctly, with good clean and proper coding.  Check that your website works and displays correctly on these major browsers.  You need to also think about compatibility on different versions of the internet browsers, from the newest one to older ones that people may still be using.  You don’t know what internet browser your website visitors will use, and you don’t want to lose web visitors because your website was not constructed properly or has coding issues that causes it to display improperly – or not even work – on someone’s internet browser.  You should check your website each time new versions of a popular internet browser are released, on different computers with different versions of internet browsers.

Cross-platform compatible means that your website works on different platforms, or devices.  Examples include tablets, smartphones, and of course laptops and desktops.  There are some codes that may not work on tablets and smartphones – for example Flash.  You can get the same flash effects – and perhaps even better – with javascript coding.  Unlike Flash, javascript coding is cross-platform compatible.  Besides what type of coding you include in your website, you also want to have a fluid and responsive website that adjusts to the different internet browser sizes of these different devices.

Seems complicated?  UltimateWB software does the bulk of the work for you here – it is cross-browser and cross-platform compatible software.  You can even design, create, and manage your website from your smartphone and tablet if you want, not just from your laptop/desktop.  Just make sure not to add any “bad coding” to it, if you do choose to add/edit your own coding.  If you’re just using the website builder admin panel and customizing via the built-in apps, you don’t have to worry about these details.  UltimateWB takes care of these website backend issues for you!


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