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Important Factors of Google Chrome for Web Designers


Google Chrome was released in September of 2008; this much touted browser by Google was pretty well received even today and remains one of the top browsers that internet users use. Even if you chose a different browser, as a webmaster or web designer it is important that you know this facts about Google Chrome to help enhance your website for all internet browsers. There are little known factoids about Chrome that are not readily known by everyone, arming yourself with knowledge can have a huge effect on your web traffic and your success.


Google Chrome from a Web Designer’s POV

A key comparison with Chrome and other popular browsers we have today is that while browsers like Firefox, Opera and Safari spent a huge amount of investment in advertising their new browser before launch, the Chrome barely made did advertising themselves. Google was so popular at this point that the name Google has become synonymous with the internet to most people. Bloggers where writing about the Chrome, forums were abuzz with information about it and even news outlets were talking about it and Google didn’t even needed to pay for almost all of these free advertisements.

This proves 2 things about the Chrome in general. It is a giant that should not be taken lightly and for technological geeks, the temptation of new technology is very hard to resist especially from a company that has proven their quality. In the early launch of Chrome, web statistics have shown a spike in users that use the browser rise up to 5% and above. While this could also mean that most of these users are just trying out the new browser and does not guarantee they’ll stick to it shows great difference in the rise of Chrome compared to other browsers’ slow and steady climb through the rankings.


Anatomy of the Google Chrome

For a web designer, knowing what makes browsers tick is a goldmine that they will like to have. For Google Chrome, the rendering engine used is the same as those used by Safari; the HTML/CSS coding. Having HTML/CSS based ensures that the Google Chrome will have no problem covering the basic features and if you use Safari, then Chrome will basically have the same rendering capability. In this category, web designers will not have any problem with how Chrome will display their websites as long as it is based around HTML and CSS.


Chrome has its Own Unique JavaScript

This is why a lot of web designers say that testing your website using a Google Chrome browser is a mandatory process. Chrome uses a unique JavaScript program for its program which may cause some elements in your website to not appear correctly.


Chrome Automatically Save Visited Website into its Start up Page

This is a huge help for web masters and one of the best things that Chrome has going for it in terms of web master friendly features. However, there is a huge catch for your site to appear on the start up page of Chrome. You have to have a search box of your own installed in your main page for users to use. This is just a simple application which will not have negative effect on your website so feel free to incorporate it. Remember to use a simple HTML based code for the search box.


Create a Friendly 404 Page Larger than 512 bytes

We’ve all experience this dead end while surfing the internet. However, for a web master it might be important to design your own 404 page just in case the visitor clicks a link in your page that leads to a non-existent site. By having a neat little 404 page, you can subconsciously instil in the visitor that your website is a friendly place to browse around. Not really that important but still a nice little touch to show to your visitors that you care. Be sure to create a 404 page larger than 512 bytes however. Otherwise Chrome might ignore it and use their default 404 warning.


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