If you’re like the majority of web users, you connect to the internet at least two ways — with your phone and your primary computer.

Maybe you also have a Kindle Fire or an iPad. Maybe you have a PC at work and a Mac at home. Add your smart TV and your game console and suddenly we’re talking about six devices.

For one person.

Now consider how many ways each individual device might access the internet. We’re talking about hundreds of versions of browsers on dozens of operating systems on dozens of devices. That’s where things get tricky. A website that displays beautifully on a Samsung Galaxy S5 might throw errors on an LG Optimus One.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an Apple evangelist who downloads the latest update without fail. Every user counts. Even if they’re using Internet Explorer 8.

And that’s why we test every website across dozens of browsers and devices.

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A varying percentage of your site visitors still use antiquated browsers and old devices. Whether that amounts to 10 people or 1,000 people, errors have to be resolved. As much as we’d like to make everyone update their browsers and operating systems, the reality is we have to develop sites that work across multiple platforms, screen sizes, interaction styles and pixel densities.

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Quality assurance is a crucial part of thorough web development

If all of this sounds confusing, that’s all right. The beauty of working with a web development agency is being able to sit back and let the experts do the work. And honestly, it’s a lot of work.

QA is time consuming and expensive. And absolutely necessary.

As part of our QA process, we test across multiple browsers and operating systems using physical devices, virtual machines and services like BrowserStack that emulate browser and mobile displays. Reviewing each display is only a small part of that battle. When issues arise — and they always do thanks to the different ways that browsers render code — our team then identifies the bugs and develops workarounds.

Good quality assurance ensures mobile-friendliness

In addition to ironing out bugs and display inconsistencies, QA testing takes into account accessibility and navigation on multiple display sizes. This is especially important when it comes to responsive design. Mobile-friendliness is crucial to the growing majority of users who access the web from mobile devices. And it’s also imperative for search engine optimization when it comes to those mobile users’ search results.

No one loves testing. It’s the least glamorous part of web development. But it’s also the only way to wrap up a web design and development project appropriately.

QA ensures that your website is as functional and beautiful as it was designed to be — no matter who’s looking at it.

Ready to embark on a web project? We’re happy to introduce you to our team of web professionals.[hs_action]