UPDATE: Firebug is not supported anymore. Please try Dev Tools in Firefox, or Developer Tools in Chrome instead.
We’ve regularly written about the Firebug add-on for Firebox because it is a great way to troubleshoot CSS issues.
In this post, I’ll share with you how to catch errors by using Firebug’s console feature.
Step #1. Install Firebug
We have a tutorial to help you to install Firebug addon in Firefox browser.
Step #2. Activate Firebug console
- Go to your website.
- Activate Firebug by clicking the “bug” icon.
- Click the “Console” tab (mine says “Consola”, as I’m using the Spanish version)
Step #2. Catch errors
- Reload the page by clicking the “refresh” icon in the address bar:
- Wait until the page finishes loading, and see if any errors come up in the Console area.
By default, the console will display a lot of information, and not all of the results will be errors. You may see process details, log details, warnings and errors.
Pay special attention to the information that is marked red. You can filter down and only see errors by doing click the “Errors” tab.
Step #3. Fix the errors.
Firefox Console will work with WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or any other software you use. The errors you found in the previous step will be very helpful to debug problems in your website.
Report the errors to your developer in order to get them fixed.
Thanks for the helpful hints. Would be great if you could publish some examples to fix css errors too? Not a whole course, but only some tips and short lessons to solve everyday problems…
Funny you should ask. We do indeed have a whole course: [url=https://www.ostraining.com/class/webdev/]https://www.ostraining.com/…[/url]
I know, but what i ment was the opposite;-) Like short lessons here and there where issues are solved within 5 minutes or so. As a webmaster i need to train my skills next to my work…