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    Junior Member Design-GalInc's Avatar
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    I have been fighting with cross browser testing since I started learning html, as I'm sure most of you have as well.I have been searching for a way to test all these browsers without having to put the site up live first, is there a way?

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    Microsoft has Browser Lab and Super Preview but neither are perfect. We use test sites so we can see the site live before we publish it live to the domain and hosting company.

    Some designers will just make a sub domain to their domain for a site, upload it to their host and then take a look at the site in all the browsers and how the site design itself is going to look. We make sub domains to our test sites for a site we're building.

    When we start building a site we'll start uploading the site to it's test site so we can see how it's beginning to work in the browsers. Once the site is completed we already have it working cross browser so it's just letting the site owner look at it and approve it on the test site.
    After approval is done then we upload the site to it's home on the web and we're done.
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    IETester is very useful. You can run sites locally with EasyPHP

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    If you're on a Windows machine and you're dealing with static HTML files, you don't really need anything other than the browsers themselves to do any kind of testing. Just navigate to the file, open it up in your browser of choice, and look at it. That's it.

    If you're dealing with any server-side languages, the best way (if you can pull it off) is to turn your machine into a web server and preview the pages that way. It saves buttloads of time in the long run.
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    If you're on a Windows machine and you're dealing with static HTML files, you don't really need anything other than the browsers themselves to do any kind of testing. Just navigate to the file, open it up in your browser of choice, and look at it. That's it.
    What would you suggest if you are using a Mac?

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    Getting a PC. :P

    Seriously, I've used Macs in the past and I won't go near them if I don't absolutely have to. So I don't have a recommendation that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Design-GalInc, post: 241414
    What would you suggest if you are using a Mac?
    Sell it and buy a PC.

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    I have a development server in the wild ( a real web server, with real address ), that I use specifically for this purpose. The only real way to test your response times of scripts and image compressions it to have the site identical to what the real site is gonna be. If you're just testing to see how the page "looks" then testing locally will work.

    I use virtual machines ( instances of windows running on my testing machine ), with different browser levels on each virtual machine.

    As for Mac, I know several people that use macs exclusively , so I do testing for them on windows platforms ( when they need it ), and they do Mac testing for me when I need it.

    Short of buying a Mac, really not much more you can do, the older versions of safari and IE for Mac were quirky, so far, what I've seen, if the site looks good in Firefox ( newest version ), it usually looks good on the newer versions of safari. There may be some minor positioning differences, but it's usually less than 3px off from what I've seen in the past year. I just make sure my spacing and padding is always 6 or more between elements and content.

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    Sorry, answered before my first cup of coffee

    If you're using a Mac

    http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/overview.html

    Then you can test windows based browsers from that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webzarus, post: 241444
    I have a development server in the wild ( a real web server, with real address ), that I use specifically for this purpose. The only real way to test your response times of scripts and image compressions it to have the site identical to what the real site is gonna be. If you're just testing to see how the page "looks" then testing locally will work.
    I do something similar...I have a dedicated server with a section isolated for development purposes. I don't use a domain for it, but I use an IP. It's assigned to me and only me (back when you could get IPs for almost any reason just by asking.)
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