If you work on the web, you need BrowserStack
May 05, 2014

If you work on the web, you need BrowserStack

Eric Karkovack | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
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Solo: $39

Overall Satisfaction with BrowserStack

As a web designer, I use BrowserStack to test my creations using multiple web browsers (and sub-versions of those browsers) on various platforms and devices. BrowserStack allows me to test sites and assess how well they will work. This is particularly important when it comes to mobile devices and older versions of popular web browsers like Internet Explorer or Safari.
  • It's a very well thought out service and quite easy to use. Different versions of browsers are grouped together by their operating system.
  • BrowserStack goes way back, including ancient browsers like IE 6 (if you really want to see what your CSS/jQuery looks like in IE 6).
  • Their plans allow for unlimited testing, which is a big advantage. Some similar services I've seen want to limit you to a certain amount of minutes.
  • There is a nice selection of major mobile devices to use for testing.
  • While I haven't used the local testing option, I can see how it would be useful for a lot of folks.
  • Occasionally I've run into issues with their mobile emulators crashing before fully loading a page.
  • I'd love to see the ability to test your site on a screen reader. Think of how much that could do for accessibility concerns.
  • The Issue Tracker feature is nice in that you can take screenshots from a specific browser/device, but can sometimes be a bit buggy.
  • BrowserStack has saved me a lot of time, headaches and embarrassment. Nothing makes a client happier than viewing their website without any strange, browser-specific issues.
  • It's helped me understand which types of layouts specific browsers will tolerate. This makes it more likely to avoid potential issues with future designs.
  • The mobile device testing really makes BrowserStack worth every penny. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than keeping both Androids and iPhones around the office.
It's simply a must-have tool. As a designer, I have to ensure my work is at least functional in older browsers. I also have to ensure that, when I design for mobile devices, any differences between platforms aren't problematic. BrowserStack allows me to test my work in a fraction of the time, with a whole lot more accuracy.
With the sheer number of desktop browsers and mobile devices out there, it would be darn near impossible to have them all loaded on your system. Sure, you could install some virtual machine software, but why? BrowserStack is just a click away, and they have done all of that work for you. I've recommended them to anyone who will listen. It's such a helpful tool. Now, when a client says they're having an issue in a specific browser (if for some reason I didn't catch the glitch in prior testing), I can pull it up in BrowserStack and see exactly what's going on. It's a must have for any designer/developer.