Browserling- A Multi-purpose tool for Web Developers

By Ashutosh Jha → Last Updated on Monday, November 21, 2016
Testing a website for browser compatibility is always a pain for all the web developers. Every browser has its requirements, alignment, settings, and resolution and so web developers has to take care of all these things while developing a responsive website.
Every browser is important as we don’t know which one will be used by the users while browsing. Also, in different countries, people prefer different browsers.

Here is the current market share of the different browsers available-
So as you can see, Chrome captures more than half of the market followed by Internet Explorer and others.

So no matter which browser the users are using, your website should be compatible to work with it.

Usually, the advanced web designing software like Dreamweaver allows you to debug, but the issue comes when you want to test in the production/live environment and on those browsers which are not installed in your system.

Being a web designer you also have to take care of the users who falls in the others 0.21%.

So for such situations, recently I found one solution and that is Browserling. In this Browserling Review, I will be telling you how it is one of the best cross-browser testing platforms and why web designers must use this.

Browserling Review- An Overview

Browserling is an online cross-browser testing provider that offers testing utilities for PHP, XML, HTML, CSS code encodings, debugging and much more.

Started in 2010 from Oakland, California, Browserling is currently the leader when it comes to online browser testing platform.

Most of the tools Browserling provides are very user-friendly and for ready to use. You won’t have to look for any other tool for testing your website for browser compatibility.
From my experience what I have seen is, whenever you will find for any such tools online you will land somewhere full with ads and annoying stuff. So apart from the purpose, you landed you will get everything else.

Such issues can be eliminated with the use of Browserling. They have come up with many tools and features which we will discuss in a later section of this Browserling review.

Browserling Features

Here are some of the amazing features of Browserling which developers need now and then.

Let me take you through different features one by one-

• Live interactive sessions: You will see the live sessions of testing similarly what you will see when that browser will be installed on your system.

• No Flash, Java, or plugins required: As the tool is powered by HTML5 and JavaScript and so you won’t have to install anything else.

• Screenshots: You can take screenshots also for future use or sending the details to clients. You can also edit it from the same platform.

• Bug Hunter: Bug Hunter lets you quickly pinpoint design issues and bugs on websites and send bug reports with one click.

• Live API: You can also embed browser in your code on demand and automate them with API.

• A browser extension for quicker testing: This is the feature which will be highly beneficial for all. You won’t have to log in to Browserling website every time. Instead, you can install the extension and start testing.

• Responsive testing: Change screen resolution and resize browsers for your responsive testing needs.

• Record videos and share the screen: Coming soon you'll be able to record videos of browsers and share the screen.

Comic for web developers: You can get jokes, comic, and cartoon as well
These were some of the amazing features provided by Browserling for designers and companies. Organizations like NHS, PubNub are using Browserling to test their platform and so why don’t you!

How Browserling works?


The working with Browserling is quite easy, and anyone can start with it very easily. All you have to do is, just follow the below steps and experience the best cross browsing platform.

• Visit the website and enter the website URL you want to test. Select the operating system, browser name, and version and click on test now.

• It will take some moments to so you the result and once done; it will be like below-

• Now depending on the need, you can make use of the tools, bug hunter, etc. to experience further.

Pricing of Browserling


Browserling comes up with different plans to fit everyone’s need. Here are the three plans being offered by Browserling-
You can start with a free plan which allows you to browse for 3 minutes for IE9 and Vista version.

For anything else, you will have to opt for paid plan which starts with $19 per month.

So depending on the size of team you have, you can either opt for developer or team plan.

The company also provide 30-days money back guarantee with no question asked policy.

Pros & Cons of Browserling


As with every tool, Browserling also has certain pros and cons as experienced by me below.

Pros

• Simple and fast browser testing tool
• Available for free (limited)
• Paid version is very affordable
• No need to install Applets, Flash or more
• After the test is ready, you get 3 minutes to review the potential website in multiple browsers
• You get to select from more than 100 browsers combination along with the capability to change screen resolution
• An upgraded paid plan includes SSH tunnels for local host access, Intranet services, no time limits for testing, and remote desktop access.
• Interact with the browser in real-time, just like they are installed on your real computer.
• You can capture & send screenshots, record the videos as well as Live use API.
• Safe, anonymous browsing – due to SSL encryption, your browsing will be totally unidentified.
• 30-days money back guarantee
• Excellent support

Cons

• Should support more version of OS and browser in the free plan for some limited time.

Over to you!
Browserling is no doubt an excellent tool for web designers and developers. You will get the real experience of testing without actually installing the browsers.

Hope this Browserling review helped you to know the features of the tool, pricing and how to use this as a best cross browsing platform.

Ashutosh Jha

Ashutosh Jha is a professional blogger, Blog and IT Consultant. He writes about Blogging, SEO, Making Money, Internet Marketing and Web Design.
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