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Firefox now the internet's most popular browser?

Discussion in 'Fan Design - Sites and Graphics' started by Grimby , Aug 4, 2009.

  1. Grimby

    Grimby Technical Consultant & Former Head Admin star 7 Staff Member Administrator

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    According to [link=http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp]W3Schools.com[/link] - one of the internet's most popular web development tutorial sites - Firefox is now more popular than Internet Explorer. As of July 2009, their usage statistics indicate 47.9% of visitors use Firefox, while only 39.4% use IE, and a combined 11.9% use Chrome, Safari, and Opera.

    These are very interesting statistics. But like any statistics, one needs to be aware of where the data is coming from. These usage statistics are taken from visitors to w3schools.com, who sums it up pretty nicely:
    It's quite interesting to see the differences in numbers from site to site.

    The social networking mega-site [link=http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=94523840758]Facebook[/link], which is obviously geared toward a whole different crowd, reports these numbers as of June 2009: Internet Explorer: 50%, Firefox: 38%, Safari: 4%, Chrome and Opera: 3% each

    And just for fun, here are the statistics for my personal web site for July 2009 (98% of my site's traffic goes to either my [link=http://www.aptirrelevance.com/sw-archive/]Star Wars Image Archive[/link] or my [link=http://www.aptirrelevance.com/otscreenshots/screenshots.php]Star Wars OT Screenshots[/link] site):
    Internet Explorer: 46.2%, Firefox: 43.2%, Safari: 6.7%, Opera: 1.5%

    More usage statistics can be found [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers]here[/link].
     
  2. darthhelinith

    darthhelinith Jedi Master star 5

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    I gave up on internet explorer when it crashed and lost all my settings.

    And the not so recent update to IE8 left me really confused, so now I'm Firefox totall.
     
  3. DarthXan318

    DarthXan318 Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Wonder what the JC's stats are like. [face_thinking]
     
  4. Jedi Gunny

    Jedi Gunny Yahtzee Host star 9 VIP - Game Host

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    I have IE at home, and never could figure out how to get Firefox to run.
     
  5. voodoopuuduu

    voodoopuuduu Classic Trilogy Trivia Host star 5 VIP - Game Host

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    I use Firefox because IE used to "hang" so much.
     
  6. TNPredsFan

    TNPredsFan Jedi Master star 4

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    I think more general users are migrating away from IE to other browsers, not just Firefox. At work, we are seeing a definite decrease in the number of IE users accessing our site, and our clients aren't generally tech-geeks.
     
  7. Rogue...Jedi

    Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    There's probably some way to get them, but I wouldn't know how.
     
  8. Salty

    Salty Jedi Master star 5

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    I highly recommend two add-ons for Firefox.

    Ad-Blocker Plus
    Colorzilla

    I've heard Firebug (live altering of sites) and FireFTP (built in FTP client) are really good too but I haven't used them.
     
  9. Tyi-Maet_Nefer

    Tyi-Maet_Nefer Jedi Master star 6

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    Colorzilla? I haven't heard of that one. Is it just to alter the theme or colours of the program?
     
  10. Salty

    Salty Jedi Master star 5

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    Colorzilla allows you to use a dropper to find out what color something is on a webpage. It's really useful for getting unique colors out of images. Then you can save those custom colors to your color palette in Photoshop/GIMP/Paint.Net/etc.

    Here's the link to the Colorzilla site

    [link=http://www.colorzilla.com/firefox/]ColorZilla[/link]
     
  11. Tyi-Maet_Nefer

    Tyi-Maet_Nefer Jedi Master star 6

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    I just installed ColorZilla earlier today and think it's very cool. It'll help with creating style sheets. Saves me from having Flash open as a colour picker [face_laugh] Thanks Salty!
     
  12. Grimby

    Grimby Technical Consultant & Former Head Admin star 7 Staff Member Administrator

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    Firebug is also extremely helpful when trying to figure out which CSS styles apply to certain elements. I also use it for debugging purposes.
     
  13. Salty

    Salty Jedi Master star 5

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    [face_laugh]

    No prob. It used to be one of those things that was only word of mouth between FF users, but now I'm seeing it recommended in XHTML/CSS books.

    Definitely want to give FireBug a try.