Understanding browser statisticsPosted: March 12, 2012
If there’s one thing any web designer needs to be aware of, it’s browser statistics. It’s important to keep track of market trends if you want to properly cater to customer requirements—failing to stay current can mean you fall way behind in terms of customer expectations, because creating websites that are compatible with all browsers is web design 101.
One of the most notable trends in the last few months is the increased use of Chrome. Chrome is rapidly catching up Firefox in terms of market share with some statistics even showing that it’s overtaken it, but those figures don’t tell the whole story. Different sites will present you with different figures (depending on their methods of calculation) so it’s important to not take everything at face value, but there’s one thing you can always be sure of—these figures will continue to change. Browsers are constantly being updated and new versions appear regularly so it’s important that you’re able to keep track of them if you want to provide a flawless online experience, because customers will expect that same standard of service no matter what browser they use.
This means you need to develop your website with this ideal in mind, and no browser should be neglected unless you want to lose potential customers. You’ll need to cater to new incarnations (Chrome, Firefox and the like) as well as the seemingly outdated Internet Explorer, because with many internet users not actually searching for alternative browsers a lot of people still use it. It’s also important to bear in mind the growing mobile market—according to stats from Netmarketshare.com, mobile and tablet browsing has increased by almost 5% in the past 10 months alone and it’s only set to continue rising, so it’s important to include tablet and smartphone-compatible features in your web development plans.
Ultimately, it’s all about giving customers a great online experience. You need to cater to all browsers and that can be easily achieved if you keep up with trends and spend time on effective web design, and if you’re looking for someone to help just get in touch on 0800 2118 234 and you could soon have a site that meets any and all requirements.