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How to Make Sure Customers on Different Browsers Can Still View Your Website

March 28 2011

web browsersDid you know that your website can look different depending on the browser? A client looking at your listings on Firefox might have a narrower view of your real estate business content than on Chrome or Safari. This means that, depending on the browser and your site’s settings, some people will immediately see what you want them to see from the get-go, while others will have to scroll down or sideways. Or they might not even wait around in this age of instant gratification.

Why does this happen, and how do you fix it?


First, go to Google Browser Size, says the folks at Future of Real Estate Marketing. This is a handy tool that allows you to enter your site’s URL and see what percentage of the Web’s viewers see which parts of your site. Confusing? Check it out. This tool helps you optimize your site to make all of it viewable to everyone.

According to Google, "This is useful for ensuring that important parts of a page’s user interface are visible by a wide audience. On the example page that you see when you first visit this site, there is a 'donate now' button which falls within the 80% contour, meaning that 20% of users cannot see this button when they first visit the page. 20% is a significant number; knowing this fact would encourage the designer to move the button much higher in the page so it can be seen without scrolling."

And, if that’s not clear, it’s still an interesting tool to see who is seeing which parts of your real estate site.