Forge Online Website Browser Compatibility
Nowadays people use a variety of hardware (i.e. notebooks, iPads), operating systems (i.e Mac OS 10) and browser software (i.e. Safari, Google Chrome) to surf the web and check out your web site. This is a fast evolving space, and last year’s technical standard is likely to be different to next year’s.
Here is what you need to know about your web site and its compatibility:
Your new website is built in a format that makes it responsive the screen size on which it is displayed. This means that if the site is viewed on a smart phone or other mobile device, as much of the site as possible is reformatted to accommodate displaying its content while still preserving the readability and maximizing User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX).
Different browsers and different versions of a single browser type are built for compatibility with website programming language and display capabilities at the time in which they are created. This means that as browsers get older, other technology like website code, operating systems and display devices will continue to diverge from how things were at the time the browser was created. It becomes more and more complex to retain browser compatibility in time.
The manufacturer of the browser will also have a support termination date. This is a date at which they will cease to build upgrades or updates for a given browser. For example, Microsoft has recently ceased support for Windows XP. This operating system has Internet Explorer version 8 bundled with it, so this browser is now supported independently of Windows XP, and will cease being supported entirely in January 2016. Use of that browser has already dropped below 2% and therefore doesn’t represent a significant user base we would expect to be visiting your website.
The compatibility of Forge Online websites is therefore generally weighted toward the majority – at the time of build. Browser Use by Type: As at October, 2014, these are the following most popular browser types in use by approximate percentage:
- Google Chrome – 46%
- Internet Explorer – 20%
- Mozilla Firefox – 18%
- Safari – 11%
- Opera – 1.5%
- Mobile browsers (various) – 31%
Our Browser Support Policy:
Forge Online will make every effort to build your website to be compatible with as many browser types as possible, but because these will undergo constant change, Forge Online reserves the right to discontinue browser support for any browser that falls below a reasonable level of use. Forge Online reserves the right to define ‘reasonable use’.
Forge Online makes no guarantee of compatibility of websites we build to any future browser types or versions.
Forge Online makes no guarantee of compatibility of websites we build with any current browser types or versions in unusual or irregular installations such as pairings with operating systems outside the norm.
Support for browser compatibility will be at our sole discretion, and will be targeted at ensuring the website will be viewable and usable for those browsers that are in use by the majority of public. We therefore encourage you to discuss your special needs if your audience, customers or visitors are a unique or limited set that are different to the majority.