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Is Your Web Site Browser Friendly
In June 1999, a potential customer informed us that our online order form was not viewable on his browser. We used
Internet Explore 4.0 to redesign our web site and it looked perfect to us. This puzzled us for a long time and
we finally figure out why he was having problems with the form on his browser. He was using Netscape 4.5 to view
our web site. We had made a little error in the HTML form table and it created a form that had blank boxes when
you were using Netscape. You could not type anything in the boxes. This little error caused problems for our customers
and who knows how many sales we lost because of this mistake. Having little mistakes like we did can mean the difference
between a flood or very few sales.
Have you seen your web site through the major two browsers to see if it was compatible with both of them? It is
very easy to do. You do not have to download ten different browsers to view what other people might see. The major
two browsers take up the majority of all online users. These wonderful browsers are Netscape 4.5 and Internet Explore
4.0. If you have access to AOL, use that too. All you have to do is make sure your web site is compatible with
these two browsers and your site should look fine in any other browser. We recommend only concentrating on these
two browsers because only a very small percentage of people use any other type of browser.
To get started, it only takes a few clicks of the mouse. First I would download Internet Explore 4.0 and Netscape
4.5 if you do not already have them. If you have time or space on your computer, you might want to download the
new IE 5.0 or Netscape 4.61. These two browsers are more up to date and you might enjoy using the new versions.
All four of these browsers are free.
To get a copy of Netscape 4.5 or the new 4.61, please go here: Click Here
To get a copy of Internet Explore 4.0 or the new 5.0, please go here: Click Here
Once you have downloaded these two browsers, look at your entire web site through both of them. Your web site might
look fine in one browser, but might not look so great in the other one. Both browsers handle HTML differently,
but your web site should look almost exactly the same in both browsers. Make sure to check your order forms because
if the customer can not order, how can you make any money? We also recommend testing out your order forms. Building
a web site takes time and can be frustrating, but we all make mistakes sometimes. Take a few minutes and fill out
all of your forms on your web site and test them out to see if they work properly. This way you know they are working
and if you are not receiving many orders, you know that is not the problem.
The majority of people online today will not order if your form is not secure. A secure server will make your order
form secure and keep your customer's information safe. If you are not using a secure form, ask your web host for
one and get it setup. This will create trust between you and the customer while increasing your sales at the same
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