Chad Perrin: SOB

16 September 2008

browser stats

Filed under: Geek — apotheon @ 04:47

I figured I’d share my visiting browser statistics with my readership, after reading the writings of someone who says “I’d like to see more people publish browser stats for their websites.” I figured — what the hell? Someone might find it interesting.

Note that the linked Weblog entry also discusses Facebook’s decision to end support for IE6. The below stats, from this month so far, don’t differentiate between different versions of IE — or specifically mention Google Chrome, which is apparently the number four browser on the Web at large right now, after briefly peaking at third place.

Browsers                Percent
----------------------  -------
Firefox                  46.3 %
MS Internet Explorer     29.3 %
Unknown                  12.4 %
Mozilla                   3.6 %
Opera                     2.1 %
Safari                    1.8 %
Netscape                  1.3 %
Akregator (RSS Reader)    0.6 %
NewsGator (RSS Reader)    0.5 %
Vienna (RSS Reader)       0.3 %
Others                    1.2 %


  1. I don’t care anymore. W3C standards on my sites and a move toward something like that for my blog. I just need to feel more confident when dealing with PHP. Essentially all I’ll be doing initially is taking a theme I like and copying out the bits (like how I learned HTML) I need/like and putting it together for my own nefarious purposes.

    Comment by Joseph A Nagy Jr — 16 September 2008 @ 10:01

  2. For my personal sites, I tend to just code to standards compliance, then edit to ensure minimal functionality in any major browsers that have problems with standards compliant code. Working on clients’ sites, though, I of course have to be a bit more diligent with the cross-browser compatibility.

    Comment by apotheon — 16 September 2008 @ 10:54

  3. The browser shares for my blogreaders are :-

    IE 6.x 33% Firefox 1.x 31% IE 7.x 26% Others are also-rans totalling 10%.

    Personally I use Opera 9.52 (small, fast, tabbed) on all platforms.

    Comment by Ole Phat Stu — 17 September 2008 @ 01:18

  4. Oh I test to make sure everything looks good in the major browsers (IE, FF, and Opera) and there isn’t any breakage, so I don’t bother to even look at what the majority of browser are anymore. Besides, I first would need to strip my IP from the log files before I felt I had an accurate view. I tend to visit my own sites a lot and I don’t want to skew the hit counter.

    Comment by Joseph A Nagy Jr — 17 September 2008 @ 01:23

  5. Sorry, I forgot to give the sample size. My bad :-( That was a 24 hour measurement with 1389 individual blogreaders, giving a standard error of < 2.7%, OK?

    Comment by Ole Phat Stu — 17 September 2008 @ 01:25

  6. Thanks for added your blog stats to the pile, Stu.

    Comment by apotheon — 17 September 2008 @ 10:51

  7. What were the sample size and standard error on your stats, Chad?

    Comment by Ole Phat Stu — 17 September 2008 @ 01:07

  8. My sample size is somewhere in the neighborhood of 61,000. Calculating a standard error from the statistics I have is kind of pointless, because of the way the numbers are counted (such as the fact that the number three result for browser used is “Unknown”), and I don’t really feel like munging raw logfiles right now. Sorry.

    Comment by apotheon — 17 September 2008 @ 02:29

  9. I’m very surprised that you have more Akregator hits than Konqueror. When you open a link in a Akregator, by default it opens it inside a Konqueror kpart–there is no indication of Akregator in the user agent there. I end up doing a lot of web browsing just inside this kpart by accident.

    I use Konqueror as my default web browser (the program that loads when I click a link inside a program) because it loads instantly. When I am doing more serious browsing, or if I already have it open, I usually reach for Seamonkey or Firefox. When I am on a slow Wifi connection, I usually opt for Graphical Links.

    Comment by Jake — 19 September 2008 @ 02:06

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