There are many, many different internet browsers out there. Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari, Opera just to name a few. Then there are different versions of each one. Internet Explorer 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9….. Every version of every internet browser has differences in the way it reads your website’s html code and in turn, displays your website to you. This is the biggest challenge to us, as your website designer, because the browser version that your visitors have is completely out of our control and we have to rely on bug reporting and cross-browser compatibility testing to make sure you site looks correct across all platforms.
If it were up to us, it would be required by law to update your browser to the latest possible version at all times.
As a client of WCDesign, if you ever notice some awry on your website, please contact us with the problem your are seeing, the browser and browser version you are using, and if possible, a screenshot. We can only fix it if we know about it!
Whenever I want to see the worst case scenario, I look at a website in good-ol’ Internet Explorer 4. Yes. I have kept a jurassic version of this explorer on my old MacBookPro just to see what might happen if someone views your website in this browser. Below are two screenshots with some notes about what is not rendering properly.
Temporary Fonts Problem
One question we often hear from people using older versions of Internet Explorer is in regards to a pop-up window that shows up on every webpage asking, “This page uses fonts that need to be temporarily installed. This is usually safe. Do you want to allow these fonts to be downloaded?” What this means is that your website uses a font that isn’t installed on the visitors computer. To view the website the way that the designer intended for it to look with this non-factory font, click “Yes.” To view the website without this special font, click “No.” I will let you make that decision.
You probably want to know why? Well, we can’t explain why we do everything we do, but just be aware, that most designers are obsessed with fonts. Typeface can make or break a piece no matter how savy the text or how beautiful the images. Fonts are important to us and the professional appearance of your website sometimes relies on fonts besides Times New Roman, George, Verdana, Tahoma and Arial. With that said, temporary fonts are to be used lightly as they increase the load time of your site.
If you are okay with allowing temporary fonts on ALL websites, there is a way to enable them and turn off this pop-up in your internet account settings. I suggest you search the topic and learn more about it before committing. I am not an internet security specialist.