Why You Should Check Your Blog On Multiple Browsers

September 22, 2012 Blogging 20

I almost had a complete melt down last night. I was using my work computer decided to take a short break and do so blog stuff, I was working on my test blog but decided I’d rather do some commenting instead so I went to my blog. And it looked like this:

Blog Look

Which for obvious reasons had me freaking out, as this is not what it was supposed to look at. So I tried going to the layout page to rearrange the widgets, only there the widgets were still perfectly in order. So I thought maybe I accidently did something to this template instead of my test blog so I went to my personal computer to download the template I had saved. When I logged into my blog on my mac I saw this:

Blog Look 2

(I took the pic too fast and it was still loading which is why there is no font on the sidebars.)

This completely baffled me. I uploaded my template anyway and everything was still the same. So I emailed Lori from Imagination Designs and Pure Imagination (who designed my fabulous blog, among other fabulous blogs) and she sent me my original template. When I uploaded that everything was fine, just my widgets were out of place.

When I started moving my widgets back into place everything got all messed up again! I was so confused! But then it occurred to me that it had to be a widget that was causing the problem. So I went and found the offending widget, removed it and voilà! Problem solved!

If I wouldn’t have been sitting at my work computer I never would have gone on to my blog using Internet Explorer because on all other computers I use Firefox, and I never would have seen this problem. It’s bad enough that it was like that for 2 days, it could have been like that for weeks before I would have noticed, if ever!

The Point: When you make changes or add widgets or whatever, take a second to check out what it looks like in other browsers (mainly IE cause they are the funny one) to make sure that everything works and looks right.

Also, since I was going through all this trouble anyway I decided not to wait until Bloggiesta next weekend to upload my new two column template. Stop by and tell me what you think!


20 Responses to “Why You Should Check Your Blog On Multiple Browsers”

  1. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    I really like it! It looks big and clean and the pictures are nice and huge! I remember how badly I wanted 3 columns, but now I’m excited to go back to 2. I think before I really wanted to add a bunch of stuff to my blog, but now that doesn’t seem necessary. Thank God for Lori! She’s amazing! I’m so glad you figured out the IE thing out- too much Internet stress yesterday! So glad today is hanging out at Barnes and Noble and book club tonight- I need time to de-stress!

  2. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    As if I don’t have enough blog stuff to worry about! Let’s just make a pact that if someone’s blog is all weird, we tell them. Like having toilet paper on your shoe. I use Safari so your blog has seemed A-Ok to me..

  3. Jessica@a GREAT read

    Yeah I’ve noticed that with my blog on IE. It totally messes with one of my widget thingys. My blog roll one. No idea how to fix it because I really want to keep it on my blog.

  4. Jenny

    Wow, thanks for the info. I have trouble with my commenting on my blog and it never occurred to me that it might be a widget causing trouble. I’ll have to check it out now.

  5. Felicia

    Thanks for the info. I checked Internet Explorer on mine, and it’s totally messed up. But now I don’t know how to fix it :( Dang IE!

  6. Marce

    The main thing I have noticed is I can see my followers or I can’t. Great advice but it can stress you out if you don’t know how to fix.

    I love 2 colomns, I will stroll down a blog with 2, when it is 3, I find it overwelming.

  7. Bittner

    I think your blog looks great!
    I use google chrome at home and firefox at work but I’ve never looked at my blog on IE. I would never have thought of that happening though!

  8. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I’m glad you got it all fixed! I like the 2 columns much better than 3 columns, but I always have with any blogs, not just yours. And that, of course, is just my opinion. You know I’ll still read your blog no matter what it looks like! :D

  9. Nickie

    I used to do freelance web design, and browser quirks make me *insane*. IE is the least forgiving of the browsers, and handles divs a bit differently, so things that look good in Chrome and Firefox might be misaligned there.

    New follower here via GFC. My blog is nickieanderson.blogspot.com