Developing and designing websites can be hard enough just coming up with a successful design, layout, and construction, but how will your site hold up in 1 of the millions of browsers out there? Here are a few tips that you can follow to help make your next website design/development faster and easier.
First and foremost when designing a website you need to know your target audience, and what you are looking to get from your site. With a target audience you know what your visitors will be looking for as well as the most common browsers that will be used to visit your site. These days when developing a site you have to work with the “Big 3”: Firefox (version 1, 2, and 3), Internet Explorer (at least version 6 and 7), and Safari (at least version 2 and 3). You also can’t forget about some of the other popular browsers, including: Opera (used on mobile phones, Nintendo DS, Wii, etc.), and Lynx (for a text-only view of your site).
Now that you know your target audience and a little of what your visitors are expecting you need to start work on your site with a good base. This means developing valid and compliant code and styles, and developing for the most common browsers (at least internet explorer 6/7 and Firefox, preferably Firefox first). Firefox also has some great add-on tools that you can use to speed up development of your site (Firebug is awesome!).