It is the age of the Internet and almost every individual who owns a computer in the world has the capability to access the World Wide Web one way or another. With millions of websites catering to a wide host of interests and sources of information, it is almost undeniable that people will turn to the Web first to obtain new knowledge and share their experiences with the rest of the world.

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Our computers and mobile devices sift through the Internet’s vast trove of information through the web browsers installed on their systems. With various browsers existing such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari, it eventually boils down to a matter of preference as to what tool the device can support that would enable it to browse the Internet.

Browser hiccups and how they are fixed

Occasionally people stumble upon problems and issues that cut off their browsing experience. Between sudden browser crashes to websites taking too long to load, Internet users are prone to experiencing these problems one way or another at least once. Outlined below are some of these common problems and how they can be fixed:

  • Slow website loading times – this can either be due to poor Internet connectivity, particularly those connecting from mobile devices such as your business phone, or this may be due to the fact that your web browser may already be filled to the brim with cached site information – data that it has stored locally to better facilitate future browsing of the website. It does not hurt to empty the cache every so often so as to free up space for other websites.
  • Website scripts not working – ever tried hovering over a menu item and nothing happens even if something was supposed to? Have you encountered a moment where the site just stops in the middle of processing a particular script? This may be due to Javascript issues – the scripting language that is executed on the browser as part of the website’s features. Sometimes a restart of the browser can fix these things, or disabling the scripts completely can help for a better site performance overall.
  • Add-on conflicts – certain browser plugins and add-ons are available for installation at your web browser, serving to extend the browser’s performance and enhance the user’s browsing experience. Sometimes these plugins can be the source of problems for the web browser itself, locking down the browser in endless scripts that can bog down the site’s loading and performance.
  • Browser version – a classic problem, yet the most overlooked one. Most websites today sport inherently modern programming behind its foundations that it will refuse to work on older version browsers. This can include certain scripts not working at all or certain parts of the site not displaying in a certain manner. Consider updating your browser to the latest version; it won’t hurt its overall performance!

For a better browsing experience

Surfing the Internet is common among computer users nowadays and most cannot live a day without dropping by their favorite social networking site or engaging in message boards and information wikis. Thus we cannot afford having our experience cut off by sudden glitches in our web browser. It is, after all, still just a program – a piece of application running its own scripts and interpreting the website content to display for us.

By Monique Violet Jones

Monique Jones juggles being a wife to an Engineer and a mom to a witty kid. In her spare time, she entails herself in getting the word out about the RingCentral business voip. Find her on Google+.