Website Display Guidelines (Browsers & Screen Resolution)

This will take you through our web development guidelines and standards for the display of your website, and the reasons why we have these in place.

- What Is A Web Browser?

An Web browser (for instance Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) is software designed as an interface for viewing information over the Internet.

- Why You Should Upgrade Your Browser.

When developing websites at Virtual Miss Friday, security is very important to us. To get straight to the point, the folk who design the browsers and release new versions, do this for a reason, because the previous version is no longer adequate. Older, "out-dated" versions of browsers pose several problems which include high security risks, problematic bugs/glitches and they can render webpages inaccurately which are compliant with current standards.

This may cause you to believe your website is displaying incorrectly, when in actual fact, if you check in the latest (secure and approved) version of the browser, your website is displaying perfectly, and it's the old, "out-dated" browser with poor functionality which is causing it to appear broken or display incorrectly.

The Internet is evolving, and new threats and security issues are appearing daily. The developers of the browser software are always striving to fix these security threats as they surface in order to provide a safe browsing environment for the viewers. If you don't run the latest version of an Internet browser, this may leave you vulnerable to security threats.

- Why We Only Work In The Latest Version.

At Virtual Miss Friday we have a strict policy that we will only provide sites (where we ensure they render properly) in the latest versions of the Internet browsers as follows: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. This is for 2 reasons:

1: It's of paramount importance than our computers and systems are running as risk free as possible. All of our browsers are upgraded as soon as a new version is released.
2: Technology and compliance can change with each version, and we want to ensure that you always have the most up-to-date coding for compliance purposes, at the point in time we complete your website.

- Screen Resolutions.

When we build a site we build it to work on the most common, universal screen resolutions. Much older technology and "out-dated" out of the box resolutions of monitors which are rarely sold, or used by a nominal percentage of Internet users may not display your website in the same way as the latest standards.

Our aim is that your website will be able to be viewed perfectly by a "vast majority" of Internet users. According to the w3schools.com browser display statistics in January 2011, more than 85% (and rising) of Internet users use a screen resolution higher than 1024x768.

- Conclusion.

It's impossible to design a website that will look the same in every browser, every version of that browser and every screen resolution. We use the latest versions because they are safer for us as service providers, safer for you as the client and also for your visitors as well. For these reasons, we verify rendering in the most popular screen resolutions to provide you with a website that can viewed by a majority of the Internet population.

I hope after reading this you will understand the reasons why we apply such high standards and develop websites the way that we do, and why we have these specific guidelines in place with regards to browsers and screen resolutions. (We will only provide websites within these clearly defined standards.)

How to check your site in multiple screen resolutions:

1. Download Google Chrome, here:

http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en-GB/landing_tv.html

* Install

2. Go here:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/idhfcdbheobinplaamokffboaccidbal

* Install the App "Resolution Test"

3. Go to the upper right hand side of the screen, click the resolution test icon.

4. Select which resolutions you'd like to test, then click "view all selected."

* This will show what monitor resolutions have the scroll bar and which ones don't. The appearance of a scroll bar happens when a now non-standard pixel resolution is used, for example with much older monitors or if someone intentionally sets a lower resolution, for instance if someone had issues with their eyesight.

(Please Note, you can only test a resolution if your monitor is capable of displaying it.)

The resolution test results are:

640x480
800x600
1024x600
1024x768
1366x768
1280x600
1280x800
1280x960
1280x1024
1440x900
1600x1200
1920x1080

* Please Note: Resolution is (not) a measure of the shape/size of the physical monitor (although a relationship is generally present), it's the orientation as in, a number horizontally, by a number vertically, of pixels.

Monitors have different maximum "resolutions," but they can be set for lower resolutions, should one choose to do this.

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