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How to Use the Internet Explorer Browser with WordPress

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

If you’re working with WordPress, it’s important that you know how to use it with Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer (IE) is by far one of the most popular browsers because it’s part and parcel of all Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Over the years, IE has struggled with its reputation of not keeping up or being compliant with web standards and CSS rendering that the development and design communities have come to love and expect from other browser systems. This is largely because of the layout engine in use at the foundation of IE.

One of the challenges that designers come across is the different versions of Internet Explorer that are widely used. With each new version, Microsoft’s flagship browser comes closer and closer to compliance with open web standards, however. But because IE is the browser present with millions of operating systems across the world, not every individual user or company is quick to adopt the new versions as they are released.

This results in several versions of IE in use across the world, and designers generally make an effort to ensure their designs render correctly on, at least, the last two to three recent versions of IE.

Currently, the versions of Internet Explorer that are supported by the majority of designers are versions 8, 9 and 10, with most designers gradually dropping support for versions 6 and 7 (commonly referred to as IE6 and IE7, respectively).

Trying to test designs on different versions of Internet Explorer is difficult because attempting to install different versions on your computer can cause some big headaches if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. There are a few tools available for overall browser testing, but a tool called IETester comes in handy for specifically testing different IE versions. You can download IETester.