Caution, a boring and lengthy analysis of web stats follows. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.
I’m too old to think this, but I’m hoping and dreaming that the release of Internet Explorer 7 will reduce the thousands of hours designers waste in making websites compliant with all browsers. I’d like to think, from a designer’s perspective, that the browser wars will soon reach some kind of ceasefire. That, I’m sure, is a fool’s gambit.
I was thinking about browser usage today, got curious and checked the stats for a few sites I work with. Here they are, for the last two months:
First, this site, darrenbarefoot.com (the blue is IE, the orange is Firefox, click for larger view):
Next, stats for my day job at http://www.capulet.com:
Next, stats for a client site, a B2B sofware company:
Finally, and this is the interesting one, stats for iCryptex.com, my little novelty one-page satire. Importantly, on this chart the colours are reversed–Firefox is in blue, Safari is in orange and IE is in green.
iCryptex.com is the only site with a majority–52%–of visitors using Firefox. 25% are using Safari, and only 17% used Internet Explorer. Obviously iCryptex.com would appeal to the Apple community, but I was surprised to see IE with such a low market share.
If you break that last site down by browser and platform, you get a clearer picture:
Firefox 22.214.171.124 – Windows XP 20.7%
Safari 417.9.3 – Macintosh PPC 17.1%
Internet Explorer 6.0 – Windows XP 13.9%
Firefox 126.96.36.199 – Windows XP 11.4%
Firefox 188.8.131.52 – Macintosh PPC 4.9%
Firefox 184.108.40.206 – Macintosh PPC 4.5%
Safari 417.9.2 – Macintosh PPC 3.2%
Firefox 1.0.7 – Windows XP 2.4%
I don’t know what all this means, really. Apparently the average site has 8 to 10% users on Firefox, and 1 or 2% on Safari. All of these sites (all related to software and/or appealing, somewhat, to geeks) show higher results.