What is the most reasonable approach to take when it comes to testing my website’s HTML/CSS across Platforms/Browsers?
My website is pretty well finished, and I am getting ready to test the heck out of it on all levels, including making sure each web page renders properly.
Over the last few years, I have done my best to heed advice from the SitePoint gurus here when it comes to making Flexible, Scalable, Compliant, and Accessible web pages, however, it really all comes down to testing.
By day I am a consultant who is forever away from home. That means that all I have is: Debbie, Suitcase, and my lone MacBook Pro.
Being a road-warrior, and not having tons of $$$, there is no way I can afford to buy or house Computers/Devices with every known Operating System and Browser and Version on them?!
Since this website is a start-up BUSINESS, it is extremely important that it WORKS and LOOKS PROFESSIONAL to all who visit it!!
I am particularly concerned about: 1.) Windows, 2.) Internet Explorer, and 3.) Archaic Browsers like IE6!!!
So far I have tested my website locally on my MBP using the latest versions of FireFox, Safari, Chrome and Opera. Everything seems to render okay, but there is so much more that I have NOT tested due to a lack of multiple computers, platforms, and browsers.
(And don’t even get me started on trying to support Tablets and Smart-Phones?!)
So, what is the most reasonable approach to take for someone in my situation who lacks access to tons of Computers/Operating System/Devices/Browsers, but who still wants a “world-class” website that would make CSS gurus like Paul O’Brien (and others) proud of me?!
Not sure if there is an easy answer, but then again, there are probably lots of other people in my situation who don’t have access to a PC with Windows, or to a Mac, or to IE, or to a Smart-Phone, or whatever.
Here is hoping that the 80/20 rule kicks in, and that there is a way for me to be fairly certain that things won’t blow up when “Miss Non-Standard Configuration” lands on my website?!
Hopefully that is half of the battle?!