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Hitting F12 on IE8 it should start the Developer Tools that allows you to emulate IE7 (not IE6) using the Browser Mode. I suppose on IE9 you will be able to emulate back at least until IE7, but I'm only supposing because now it irritates me the simple idea to have to buy W7 in order to test this. UPDATE: as specified by Jeff Atwood: IE9 emulates back ...


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IE6-8, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. I also test with JavaScript disabled. In the future and as resources allow, I'd consider the iPhone, iPad, Android for mobile platforms and text-only browser like Lynx for accessibility purposes. Beyond that, for me at least, the percentages get so low that there are diminishing returns for each additional browser. ...


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The free IETester application allows you to test IE10 preview, IE9, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, and requires no installation of separate virtual images. I've been using it for several years for IE tests without issue. I don't know of an 'official' alternative from Microsoft, but it's possible that they'll be dropping support for the ...


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As the Creator of Lucky Orange I'm a bit biased. The goal of the tool is to help figure out problem areas on your site so you can fix them and IMPROVE your customer's experience. That being said you are required to tell your visitors that you perform this kind of tracking in your privacy policy. We are working on creating a wizard to help generate that for ...


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MS keeps updating the list of Windows Virtual PC VHDs of different Internet Explorer versions so they MAY provide it during their next update cycle. There are multiple options to test web apps in IE6. Check this Smashing Mag review of free & commercial tools for cross-browser testing to find out which will fit your need best. Update [26/Feb/13]: IE VMs ...


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Amazon have a link checker tool on their associates website which will help determine if your links are valid, use that for testing. As far as the books go, you need to read the Amazon Associates Agreement and decide for yourself if you're breaking the TOS.


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I currently testing my websites in this browsers. I have this browsers installed through virtual machines. Internet Explorer 6 on XP Internet Explorer 7 on XP Internet Explorer 8 on Window 7 Firefox 1.5 on XP Firefox 2 on XP Firefox 3 on Windows 7 Safari 3 Safari 4 Safari 5 Chrome 5 Opera 9 Opera 10 ...


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Mobile browser market share StatCounter offers a rough indication of mobile browser usage share in their Top Mobile Browsers from Sept 2010 to Sept 2011 chart, which Wikipedia has made sense of in this table. Ranked from most to least popular: iPhone + iPod Touch (22.84%) Opera Mini (22.24%) Android (20.21%) Nokia (12.57%) BlackBerry (9.51%) UC Browser ...


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You must type (not copy-paste) the entire Javascript (including "javascript:") into the address bar to execute Javascript - Chrome will strip the "javascript:" protocol specification and treat your Javascript as a search if your last action in the address bar is copy-pasting. A more convenient way to execute arbitrary Javascript in Chrome would be to open ...


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For a long time, I only tested on Chrome/Firefox/Safari/IE/Opera on Windows, but about 2 years ago, I ran into a problem where the client was complaining about a screwed up layout on their Mac. I looked at the site in Adobe Browser Lab using OS X Safari and indeed it was rendering improperly compared to Safari for Windows. Ever since then, I've stopped ...


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There are many types of web filtering software with their own lists, and companies are going to turn on and off different categories of sites whichever service they use. Two that I am aware of are OpenDNS and Dan's Guardian. So you're going to have find these services and dig through their blacklists to see what they block. A quick way of blocking them ...


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+1 For John Conde, but also you could think about switching to an host who won't penalize you for this kind of problem. I understand it is Ok to fight spam, but blocking an e-mail account for a paying customer may not be the best way to achieve this, there are tons of host who won't act like this, or you could think about getting a private mail server?


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Jotform has a nice form service and recently added a form template called wishbox that is easily embeddable as a slid out tab on any page which can send a screenshot with comments. I have not used wishbox yet, but I do use Jotform and like their service. You can easily sign up for their free option and test it out within 5 minutes.


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http://www.briangruber.com/ is where it's from, and I don't think there's any problem AS LONG AS you tell your visitors so in a Privacy Policy. I personally don't think it's ethical, but there are no laws against it to my knowledge. http://www.luckyorange.com/privacy.php


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Microsoft also released "Expression Web 4" which is for the purpose to compare different IE Versions. But you need to pay for it and you need a Windows XP SP3 or any later Win-version. Expression Web 3 is available to download for free, but only includes comparisons from IE6, IE7 to IE8. (lacking IE9)


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There are certainly differences. Looking at just the rendering front, Safari and Chrome will inevitably use different versions of Webkit (it's development is pretty fast-moving). Any differences are likely to be minor, though. Besides rendering, there is also Javascript to think about and minor things like font differences and platform differences (Safari ...


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If you're running Linux, you might consider the following process: Download the site recursively with wget -r http://site.com/ Parse out all of the HTML tags with find ./ -name \*.html -exec sed 's/<[^>]\*>//g' {} > /var/tmp/all_words.txt \; Spellcheck the result with spell /var/tmp/all_words.txt (note that in-page Javascript and CSS ...


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My list of browsers that I test is substantially the same as many of the answers here, but none of these really tell you which you should test. You should examine your logs or other web analytics data to see which browsers your users are using. My sites' users are generally non-technical -- we have higher than average use of IE6 (sigh) but virtually no ...


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Maybe its overkill, but I tend to follow the BBC's browser supports standards (this also looks good when talking to clients), whilst remembering Andy Clarke's words: "If you’re one of those people who is hiding behind the outdated notion that web sites should look, or be experienced, exactly the same in every browser, you are in for a nasty shock."


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If the PC and tablet are on the same network, it is possible. All you'd need to do is use the IP address of the PC to access the site. So instead of accessing it via localhost (as you would on the PC), you'd access it via 192.168.1.2 (example). If the devices are not on the same network, it's still possible to access the PC with the tablet if you setup ...


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I test regularly in Firefox, IE8 + compatibility mode, Opera & Chrome. Safari uses the same rendering engine (WebKit) as Chrome, so the results will be pretty much the same as those of Chrome. I tested that a few times and the results were as expected, so I dropped Safari from my testing loop. That covers 99% of my total visitors anyway. I can live ...


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I usually test in Firefox, IE8, Chrome, Safari and Opera on PC and Mac. For other versions of browsers I use http://browsershots.org/, which provides screenshots of the site in different browsers. It's not ideal since you can't test everything on the site (Browser Shots just provides images), but it's far less time-consuming than going through every possible ...


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If you just want to check the design of your web pages on different IE browsers, try Browsershots or WebPageTest. WebPageTest is basically a free performance testing tool but if you select the "Visual Comparison" tab from their home page & submit a URL to test, the site generates expandable thumbnails of "above the fold" view of your web page and ...


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First off create a backup of your current site so you have something to go back to in case something goes wrong. But one way to do it is have 2 domains, a live (www.mydomain.com) and a development (dev.mydomain.com). Try to keep them on the same server to eliminate any server environment issues. Do all your changes in the development site to make sure ...


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Perhaps this link helps: Website check You can check: Accessibility Validation (for example W3C) Miscellaneous (for example links) Show (Http response / WHOIS) Estimate (Website traffice) Website Analysis Perhaps it would be easy to make an offline .Net application to include all these links into one application. Regards


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I think you'd be the first if you made a package that can Scan a web site for resources Validate HTML Validate CSS Validate JS Find Broken Links I can think of a couple of ways to do some of those. You might be able to use HTTrack or other website copier to scan for resources. HTML validation could be done with this tool: WDG HTML Validator (has a ...


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You can have full functioning site preview starting from Plesk 10.4 (PHP, Javascript and whatever else you need). It needs to be enabled on the server - so if in shared hosting, you will depend on you hosting provider. Checkout "Setting up Website Preview" for details. You will need some DNS zone for previews though... You may also be interested in "staging ...


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There are analytics programs such as clicktale.com that record user sessions. It's intended as a means to uncover usability issues rather then help with trouble tickets, however, if you find users are getting stuck in the same place or experiencing the same problem you can add the tracking to that page and it should help you uncover what's going on.


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No, you are forbidden to purchase products through your own affiliate ID. See the "Associates Program Participation Requirements", section 29 (as of 25-jan-2013), it reads: "29. You will not purchase any Product(s) through Special Links for use by you or for resale or commercial use of any kind. Similarly, you will not request or encourage any of your ...


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It depends what are you looking for: loading speed it's just an effect of network speed (which often is what you are looking for) and server side processing performance (hardware performance). One factor to keep in mind is where the host is located: if your audience it's mostly in Europe, would be useful to get an host close to the main European backbone. ...



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