Web browsers & the WebSite X5 browser

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Web browsers & the WebSite X5 browser

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A Browser is a program that lets users display and interact with the information (text, images, etc.) in a web page. The most widely-used browsers are Microsoft Explorer®, Firefox®, Safari® and Google Chrome™.

Browsers use a rendering engine to display web contents. A rendering engine is a program that downloads contents (an HTML page, for example) and formats the information on it (associated CSSs, for example) and shows them on the screen. Browsers use many different rendering engines, and these differ for the rendering quality, with respect to the standards, and speed. So, pages may appear differently according to which browser displays them. However, as a web page is not printed, a certain margin of difference is acceptable, if the user's experience is not damaged by this.

The best way to obtain web pages that are compatible with the main browsers, in their various versions, is to create a clean code that adheres to standards.

WebSite X5 automatically generates HTML5 code with associated CSS 2.1 or 3, and guarantees full compatibility with all the main browsers and mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and smartphones.

Click to expand/collapseWebSite X5's built-in browser

When you are working on a project, you need to be able to check the final result and how the website will be displayed once it has been published. To do this, WebSite X5 provides a Preview button, that is always available (see The work environment), which gives you a preview of the website on your computer. It is constantly updated (see Update Preview while editing the Project in the Preferences window).

To display the preview, WebSite X5 uses its built-in browser, based on Chromium (http://www.chromium.org/), the open source browser that gives its name to Google Chrome™. This browser has the following commands:


Return to the last page visited.


Go forward to a previously-visited page.

Home Page

Go to the website's Home page.

Address bar

This shows the path of the page on display and/or lets you enter the path of the page you want to display.


This loads the page indicated in the path. You can also load the page by pressing the CR key.

Edit this Page

This goes back to the Program, opening the page displayed as a preview by the browser in the Page Creation window, so it can be edited. If the page is part of the Blog, the Members' Area or the Shopping Cart, this button takes you back to the relative section in Step 1 - Advanced Settings.

Preview the WebSite on another Browser

You can view a sub-menu that lists all the browsers that are installed on your computer. When you click one of them, you will see a preview of your website displayed in a new window of that browser, and so this feature lets you check how each browser will display your website.

If you have decided to create a responsive website (selecting the Responsive Site option in the Resolutions and Responsive Design window), WebSite X5's built-in browser also shows the Resolutions Bar. This bar shows the active breakpoints for the project. As well as the Resolutions Bar, the following commands are also available:

Resize the window according to the breakpoints

Click on the triangle on the button to open a menu showing all the active breakpoints for the project. Click on a breakpoint to automatically resize the browser window to the associated resolution.

Show numbering

If you use this command, you will see each page object's display order number superimposed on the contents.

When the browser window is open to show the preview of the page you are working on, the page that is displayed changes automatically according to the page displayed in the main browser window.

Using a built-in browser to display a preview of the website under construction has the following advantages:

the preview does not replace the website page  displayed in the browser window;
the preview of the website under construction is updated in the built-in browser's window and new windows in the default borwser are not opened.