Which is the Best Browser For a Web Designer?

A web designer might be asked “Which browser do you think is best?” He would reply with a question…”What do you want it for?” Website designers should never use fewer than the three main browsers – Firefox, IE, and Opera. Let’s get back to what you want for surfing the Internet, then I’ll cover what web designers want.


Opera and Firefox are much more secure than IE. Over 80% of viruses are made to be sent using Internet Explorer.

With Firefox you’ll get strict anti-phishing and anti-malaware security. You may know them as spyware. They have easy ways to recognize the bad guys with their new one-click site ID info. Their open source policy gives them thousands of security experts around the world planning how to keep you (and your personal information) safe.

What does “open source” mean? These are people whose reward is to keep coming up with better answers than their (friendly) rivals. Employees and trade unionists tend to be more interested in doing as little work for as much pay as possible.

User friendliness

Discussion can get quite heated because it is a matter of opinion. One user commented “The best browser is whatever we do with IE! These other wannabes are just a blip on the screen!”

Myself…I prefer Firefox, and I particularly like their process for downloading software. I like their way of asking me where to locate the downloaded file, and showing me the download progress.

I like the Firefox add-on to download embedded videos. That’s quicker when  I want to save videos to my computer, but it doesn’t work with you-tube videos. It only downloads the down-loader which is no help, so I have to use IE.

With IE I can download any video. First I delete the history, then “view” a video while I read some of my library book, then come back and look in the history files. The biggest file will be the right file, so I copy it and paste it wherever I want it on my computer, then I delete the history files again.

Oh, yes, that would be too much trouble if IE was my default browser. But I mostly use IE when Firefox refuses to display web pages that are designed so that they will only work on IE, and to download videos.

Firefox is unquestionably best for add-on features. Some of these features would only interest a web site builder. For instance, as a web site builder, I like to use the site code validator add-on. Browse through their add-on list and pick out the ones that you will find most useful.

Web Designers

As I mentioned above, website designers should have at least the top three browsers installed on their computers. When I was making my latest site that teaches beginners how to make their own website, I spent about a six days working through it with another website designer trying to make the site look the same whichever browser visitors used.

At first, IE showed my right hand column first, then the left hand column appeared at the bottom of the page. Graphics were sticking out to the right of the columns. Everything was a bit of a mess.

The other web site builder persuaded me to give up on making my website look good for visitors with their screen resolution set to 800 pixels wide, because fewer and fewer visitors still use such a low resolution.

Once the template was defined in pixels we were able to specify widths in pixels instead of in percentages. The other website designer suggested that IE would cause problems with my font sizes being specified in points, so I changed them all to pixels.

All this time I kept changing back and forwards between Opera, IE, and Firefox. At last my website displays the same way in all three browsers for browsers using any screen resolution higher than 800 pixels.

To sum up, if you just surf the Internet, try out some browsers to see which you think is the best web browser for you. If you are a web designer, you must have several browsers, without worrying about which is best.

Author: Ian McAllister