The stats facts!
According to the Global Stats from Statcounter, you should optimize your blog/website for these operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Windows 7.
And you should make your website/blog compatible with these Internet browsers: Windows Internet Explorer 6 (and 6+), Firefox 2 (and 2+), Opera 9+ and Google Chrome.
And finally the content-area of your website should be clearly visible in these screen resolutions (that means your website should be neither too smaller nor larger than the resolution of your visitor’s PC): 1024×768, 1280×1024, 800×600, 1152×864, 1280×800 and also 1600×1200.
The problem you will face
If you want to check and optimize your website for each of the above listed parameter, then it may take hours just to check your website in these different operating systems, browsers and screen resolutions.
Finally the solution
So to make your work simple, here are just four websites, that will help you to visualize your website in different combinations within minutes.
1. Adobe Browser Labs – To check your website in different combinations of operating systems and browsers. (It’s Adobe – registration is required).
2. BrowserLing – Check your website on different browsers & versions.
3. BrowserShots – most famous, damn slow and I don’t use it anymore !
4. NetRender – A quicker option to check your website in all versions of Internet Explorer.
1. Track your website visitors to check, in what operating systems, internet browsers and screen resolutions are they working.
2. Your website must look good in all operating systems, but do not worry much on this.
3. Internet Explorer and Firefox display many html/css elements differently. Like using transparent PNG images in older versions of Internet Explorer is not impossible but quite difficult. So you must check your website in different browsers.
4. Set your websites dimensions (width) near 1000 px. This resolution will suite almost all the screen resolutions. And use background images/colors [download free background images] for those visitors with screen resolution higher than 1000 px.