Performing browser test for your website

A cross browser performance, usability and compatibility test is very important for website developers because it makes an update or new release of websites as flawless as possible.

It is always considered a good habit to test a website in different browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari running on different OS platforms such as Windows, iOS, Android, and Mac.

To perform a browser test, do the following:

USING BROWSERSTACK
Supported browsers: IE 6 to the latest version, Mozilla Firefox 3 to the latest version, Google Chrome 14 to the latest version, Opera 12 to the latest version, Safari 5.1 to the latest version
Supported OS: Android, iOS, Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite

  1. Go to BrowserStack.com.
  2. On the search field, type the URL of your website.
  3. Select the browser versions you want to test.
  4. Click Generate Screenshots. This should provide you a gallery of screenshots on different OS and browser version combinations.
  5. Review the list to verify if your website looks good on different browsers.

USING BROWSERSHOTS
Supported browsers: Arora, Google Chrome, Dillo, Epiphany, Mozilla Firefox, IceApe, IceWeasel, Konqueror, Links, Luakit, Lynx, Midori, Opera, Rekonq, and SeaMonkey
Supported OS: Linux, Windows, Mac, and BSD

  1. Go to BrowserShots.org.
  2. On the Enter URL here filed, type the URL of your website then click Submit. A new page should appear with the screenshots.

USING BROWSERLING
Supported browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera

  1. Go to Browserling.com.
  2. Select the browser and the version.
  3. On the search field, type the URL of your website.
  4. Click Run. This will open a page where you could perform several tests.
    Note: The free version only allows live testing for 3 minutes.

You can try the rest of the browser compatibility testing service providers: Saucelabs.com and Modern.ie.

Creating a hard drive partition on your Windows computer

In simple terms, a hard drive partition is the separate volume letters drive C, D, and E on your Windows computer or a division of one or more physical hard drive into multiple distinct virtual / logical storage spaces. The benefits of partitioning includes the following:

  • prevent data loss during OS corruption
  • separate storage space for OS and files
  • space for installation of another operating system.

Warning: Make sure you create a backup of your files and folders before partitioning a drive. Partitioning requires formatting of a section on the hard drive which can result to data loss.

To create a hard drive partition, do the following:

  1. Press WINDOWS + R on your keyboard.
  2. On the Open field, type: “diskmgmt.msc” then press ENTER. This will open the Disk Management window.
    diskmgmt msc shortcut
    Note: You can also search for “Computer Management” then go to Storage > Disk Management.
  3. Right-click on a disk, click Shrink Volume, then allocate the amount of space you want to shrink. This will give you free hard disk space that is unallocated.
    Shrink Volume Context Menu
  4. Right-click on the unallocated space, then click New Simple Volume.
    new simple volume
  5. Follow the prompts from the setup wizard. This process will ask the size of the partition, file system to use and the drive letter you want to assign.

To make the partitioning easier, you can also use non-Microsoft tools such as GParted and EaseUS Partition Master.

Related Information:
What are Storage Spaces on Windows 8.1?

Unable to open the Windows Registry Editor on the computer

The registry editor is an advanced tool designed for power users who wants to configure the Windows Registry manually. By default, it is included on every Windows installation.

Because of the power granted by Windows on this tool, the registry editor is considered as a high value target for malicious activities (such as the Poweliks malware) and other malware that tries to disable the Windows Firewall.

If you are unable to open the Windows Registry Editor, follow the steps below:

CHECK IF REGEDIT.EXE IS NOT MISSING

  1. Make sure you are logged-in as an Administrator.
  2. Press WINDOWS + R keys on your keyboard.
  3. On the Open field, type: “%windir%” then press ENTER. The windows directory folder should appear.
  4. Look for regedit.exe then try opening the file.
  5. If the file is missing, restart the computer to Safe Mode with Networking.
  6. After the restart, perform the same steps above.

CONFIGURE USING GROUP POLICY EDITOR

  1. Press WINDOWS + R keys on your keyboard. The run window should appear.
  2. On the Open field, type: “gpedit.msc” then press ENTER.
  3. Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System.
  4. Look for the option: “Prevent access to registry tools”.
  5. Double-click that option and click Disabled.
  6. Click Apply then hit OK.

CHECK IF THE ISSUE IS CAUSED BY A MALWARE

  1. Download and install the latest version of the Trend Micro Maximum Security.
  2. Perform a full system scan on your computer to look for any malware causing this problem. If malware is found, it should automatically delete the threat. Otherwise, you need to reinstall Windows.