How To Preview My Website in Different Browsers and Operating System

by Ramesh Natarajan on September 11, 2009

Question: I have two systems.  First system is Ubuntu with Firefox browser. Second system is Windows XP with Internet Explorer. However, my users have complained that my website looks funky or broken on their system. Is there a way for me to see how my website or blog would look like on different browsers available in Linux and Windows.

Answer: browsershots.org which will show your website or blog in many different browsers and operating systems.

From browsershots.org:

Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service created by Johann C. Rocholl. When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue. A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server here

For a webmaster it is an essential task to view his website in many different OS in Linux, Windows, Mac and BSD.

Head over to browsershots.org and see how your favorite website looks like on different environment.

Following are some features of browsershots.org:

  • You can choose any one of the following properties. By default every thing will be set to “Dont care”.
    • Screen size
    • Color depth
    • Javascript
    • Java
    • Flash
  • By default it has all the browser latest releases major version selected, so you can submit a website to view. And within a couple of minutes in the same page you will be able to view the screen shots.
  • You can also choose the browsers that you wanted to view.
  • You will be able to view the screenshots only for 30 minutes, which can be extended for another 30 minutes on demand basis.
  • It will show the screen shots in thumbnail view, which can also be expanded to full screen view.

For example, following is how this website looks like in Opera 7.54 Browser on Windows XP.

TGS website - Opera 7.54 Browser - Windows XP OS

Fig: Click on the image to enlarge


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 benjamin September 11, 2009 at 2:30 am

If all you need to check if how it looks in different versions of IE, http://ipinfo.info/netrenderer/ does a faster job

2 Moi September 11, 2009 at 4:58 am

Considering all browsers are free, why don’t you try your page in virtual machines?
VirtualBox is a great (and free) option.

3 CS.Senthiil September 11, 2009 at 9:30 am

I confirmed Your WEB SITE is good in Vista with Safari 4.0.2(530.19.1)

4 Chris September 13, 2009 at 11:29 am

Nice to know I am not the only one Interested in this Great post

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