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Browsing the Browsers

Business Tips and Trends

When you surf the web, you use a browser. Many people don’t realize you have a choice as to which browser to use to search the Internet. Many just use the default browser that comes loaded on their computer. If you purchase a Mac it comes with Safari and if you purchase a PC it comes with Internet Explorer. But did you know there are other browsers available? In fact, Safari and Internet Explorer (IE) have less than 10% usage, these days, according to http://www.w3schools.com. Though, IE is the most popular (or well-known) browser because it is one of the oldest browsers having been released in 1995. Netscape was the first commercial web browser (since 1994) but gradually lost popularity to IE and officially closed in 2008. So what are the most used browsers these days?

According to w3schools.com these are the statistics of browser usage as of April 2014:

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome has the lead with 58.4% users. Google Chrome is a free, open-source web browser developed by Google, released in 2008.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox has 25.0% usage. Firefox is a free, open-source web browser from Mozilla and was released in 2004. Firefox is available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Android.

IEInternet Explorer has a 9.4% usage in today’s browser statistics. Internet Explorer (IE) is a web browser from Microsoft. It is the default web browser for most PCs.

SafariApple Safari has a 4.0% share of the browser usage today. Safari is the default web browser for Mac systems. Safari is known for its sleek design and works well on your smartphone.

Statistics for web browsers are important to web developers because not all browsers are alike. Have you ever noticed that your website layout changes slightly when viewed on someone else’s computer? The reason this happens is because browsers are each written in their own code with intentions of following standard web design. They don’t always line up perfectly in the way they render web pages. Also, each user can set their own browsers font settings, and size of the monitor it’s viewed on can be different. Monitors can range from 800×600 pixel resolution to 1920×1080, which view websites differently.

A good site designer and web developer will make sure your website looks good on all browsers and monitors.

Author: The Cheeps

"The Cheeps" are the chick designers that run Cheep Cheep Postcards and Cheep Cheep Websites, two divisions of Hunter-McMain, Inc. We're here to provide fun information on advertising design, business tips, and holidays--sometimes random--we would like to celebrate with you.

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