Firefox has a lot of fans. That’s not a problem. I have tried it, and personally I don’t care for it. I’m not looking to be converted or convinced, so don’t bother leaving comments making the attempt. While I was on the phpBB team I took a lot of grief for using IE, and that’s fine. I always said that I use IE because it’s used in the corporate world where I live and work.
To digress a minute… I have Urchin statistics installed on my server. I had the package before, and ultimately I disabled it because of the amount of server horsepower that was required to keep up with the processing. It seemed that my log files were not being rotated properly, so when they got really large urchin started to choke on the volume of data. Since moving to my new server, I have been trying to get urchin started up again. I finally got it going this week.
As a result I thought it might be interesting to see browser statistics and how they vary from one site (audience) to the next.
My main board is a corporate board. What I mean by that is the audience for that board probably is browsing it from work, using a company supplied computer, with a company mandated browser. For this board, IE is used for 62% of the sessions. Firefox / Mozilla combined are 25%. Safari is about 4%. Of the IE users, here is the breakdown by version:
There are still users with IE4 and even IE3 showing up in the logs.
But those users come from a corporate world. Viewers that come to this site (phpBB Doctor) are much less likely to be in that arena. I expected Firefox to be a much higher percentage of viewers here, and I was surprised to find out that wasn’t the case. IE is 44%, Opera (which doesn’t even show up on my other site in the top 5) was 12.5%. Firefox shows up 4th on the list at 5.6%.
The big disclaimer that I need to put on these numbers is they are for only one week. To add to that, I have not been very active on my blog in quite a while so some of the traffic has died down a bit. Still I found it interesting that Firefox was 4th on the list.
I will come back to this subject and post an update in a couple of months and we’ll see what happens.