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Why does my site look different?

There are no two ways about it: Your site will look different depending what monitor and browser is being used to view the site. Web designers can take many measures to prevent this but sometimes certain things are beyond control.

So if you’re looking at a website and something doesn’t look right it could be for the following reasons:

  • Browser Types
  • Monitor Colour
  • Display Resolution

Browser Types

There are a number of different browsers available to Internet users; the primary ones include Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. Each of these browsers are upgraded regularly, therefore many versions of each exist.

Each browser interprets the website code slightly differently so this means your site may look slightly different depending on what browser is accessing your page.

Website creation is being continually improved and changed with new technology and browsers are following this trend. However this means that old browsers do not always read websites that have been built with new technology. Browser statistics indicate that the following browsers cater for about 90% of all Internet usage, therefore at Media On Mars, we build websites that work in the following browsers:

• Internet Explorer 7 and 8

• Firefox 3.0 and above

• Safari 3.0 – 5.0

Browser Types

Browser Types

Media on Mars do not cater for older browsers and always build with modern current browsers in mind we recommend that you update your browser to the newest version available.

Monitor Colour

Different monitors display colours differently, so there is no way of guaranteeing that the colours that you see when looking at your site at home will be exactly the same as the colours on another computer.

Display Resolution

Different computers have different size screens and resolution. This means that your website may look much larger or smaller on one screen than on another. Today, most computers are using a screen resolution of 1024×768 pixels or higher* so we build websites to fit into a minimum width of 1024px screens. This means the layout will fit any screen 1024px wide or larger without any horizontal scroll bars. Display resolutionVertical scroll bars will depend on the length of the page.

Display Resolution

Media on Mars builds for 1024 x 768 Displays

*See Browser Display Statistics for more information.

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