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What share on your site does Firefox have?
I've got 20% :-P
JAB Creations

 5:18 am on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ok my share is a little bloated because I'm always looking for stuff but my site has about an 18% share for Firefox 1.0.

Mine seems rather high though and I'm curious how the shares at other sites are going?



 5:43 am on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've been making a new site recently which is about this kind of thing right here- web design tricks and tips. I use it to demo answers to frequent problems and stuff like that. Bearing in mind that the only people who look at my site are people who make websites, the share for Firefox so far this month is 53.2%. The share for IE is 39.9%.
I'm shocked that there are so many website developers still using IE.

I'm in Japan and the share for my company's website (it's an English school) is 6.3% Firefox, 2.3% Mozilla and 86.4% IE. I think Japan's a little behind the rest of the world in things like this - most of the people I speak to haven't even heard of Google (even some of the software engineers I know don't know it).


 8:33 am on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

The only FF user on my biggest site this week was me, testing to see that everything works OK, it's all IE this end.
Demographics are hugely important with things such as this.
Same with search engines, MSN cannot even get in the top 10 SE referers on my sites 97% Google!


 10:05 am on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

the share for Firefox so far this month is 53.2%.

wow that is awful high, are you sure its not just one or two people with firefox causing a lot of page views, if it is a new site you may not be getting many unique visitors yet.


 10:33 am on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

UK ecommerce website, selling widgets of interest to most online consumers, not just webheads.

Stats from October to January:

5% Firefox
85% IE


 10:35 am on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

As phantombookman, demographics are highly revelant here.

I'm looking at the stats for a site for highly web literate people.

It's an established site, and has tens of thousands of page views a day. And around 1000 unique visitors each day.

Firefox visitors for the past two weeks is just over 50%.

A large number of these are the techies who'll do the next round of browser updates on numerous corporate websites.


 10:52 am on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)


The people from my city Glasgow:

92% MSIE 6.0
8% MSIE 5.5

UK website:
6407 MSIE 6.0
983 MSIE 5.5
217 MSIE 5.01
96 Firefox 1.0
74 Firefox 0.8
54 Safari 1.2
53 Netscape 7.1
50 MSIE 5.0
36 Mozilla 5.0
29 MSIE 5.23
25 MSIE 5.13
16 Firefox 0.10.
12 Opera 6.04
11 msie 6
10 Netscape 7.2
8 Mozilla 3.01
8 Mozilla 4.61
5 Firefox 0.9.3
1 MSIE 5.22
1 Safari 1.0
1 Opera 7.52
1 MSIE 5.21
1 MSIE 5.12
1 MSIE 5.15


 12:29 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Demographics aren't the only variable here. For example, there's also a possible difference between sites that attract traffic from home users and those the attract them from users at work or other institutions.

Given that most (not all, obviously) home users are not computer-savvy, whilst institutions tend to have their PCs serviced by computer-savvy IT departments (but sadly, not all), then you are lilkely to get a higher proportion of IE-users amongst visitors from home than visitors from work. And your overall proportion of IE visits are going to be influenced by whether people tend to visit your site from home or work.

I run an academically-related web site and, for some yeras now, the proportion of IE-based visits have increased during the university holidays, then fallen when term began. I interpret this as fewer students visiting the site from college outside term-time, rather than fluctuations in the installed base of IE and other browsers! :)


 2:48 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Before I put up "Spread Firefox" promotional buttons on my site, the share in Firefox was around 9%. After the buttone were up for a month or two, it sky-rocketed to 27%.


 3:48 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

On my busiest site, Firefox is up to 6.32% of my visitors. The other browser that's gaining share too is Safari at 3.59%. They've been down in the 1-2% range until recently.


 3:49 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

a higher proportion of IE-users amongst visitors from home than visitors from work
I don't think you can make this generalization. If you want to install a new browser on your home computer, you can do so at any time. Most people do not have such privileges at work. Corporate IT departments moreover are usually hesitant to adopt new software; some will deliberately wait for even a 1.1 version and while one might argue an alternative web browser would not interfere with other software, they in turn would argue that IE is "good enough for now" in most industries, so better to be cautious.

 3:55 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

We are a small community college in the US. The computers on campus only run IE6 (unless the teachers never restart the computers to get the updates), except for the macs. Then there are a bunch of small towns around us that are limited to 56k and I guess therefore most of them only use IE. Not sure if it is a lack of computer knowledge or just don't want to download FF.

So only about 1% here.

On a side note, I have both FF and IE at home, but end up using MyIE2 (Maxthon) all the time because of its ability to open a group of tabs at one time.


 3:56 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

All sites combined (lots of different topics and user types):

From over 1,000,000 hits this month.

MSIE 79.2 %
FireFox 8.6 %
Safari7 5.2 %
Mozilla 2.2 %

Jan 04:

MSIE 91.8 %
Mozilla 3.3 %
Safari 2.1 %
Netscape 1.7 %



 4:21 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have about thirteen percent FireFox. Around 3% of that is me, so call it 10% actual FireFox users. This is a non-tech site, very much intended for your "ordinary" Internet user (that is, non-developers).


 4:43 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

From my forum, with a verging on 100% female audience (just me who isn't!) and dealing with a non-technical subject:

IE 6.0: 90%
IE 5.5: 3.5%
Firefox: 2.3%
Safari: 1.5%
Mozilla/Netscape 7: 1.1%
IE 5.0: 0.8%
IE 5.1/5.2 (Mac): 0.2%

The 2.3% Firefox does include me as the admin, but the traffic is significant enough that I know I'm not the only one using it (no time to do a proper analysis, though). However, IE remains very strong, Mozilla/Netscape 7 is static to declining.


 7:01 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

BonRouge: I still use IE engine. I use Avant as the interface though. I just like IE engine renderings better. I have all the funny stuff off (ActiveX, Java, Videos, Sound, Flash) tho, so I dont see any security threats. I never ever had a problem yet with viruses or spyware with this setup.

I have nothing against FF though. I recommend it to all my friends, and have "Get Firefox" button my site. I just prefer IE for myself.


 7:56 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Badams: OT, but you can open a group of tabs at the same time in Fx by bookmarking them in a folder, then clicking on 'Open in tabs' at the bottom of that folder.


 1:30 pm on Jan 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

echoes of victors details here..

I am just waiting to see if FF is going to tip the 50% mark.. it's been climbing for last 8-12 weeks. And now they're slightly pipping IE ;)

Nov '04 - IE 56.5% ~ FF 40.6%
Dec '04 - IE 51% ~ FF 46.75%
Jan '05 - FF 49.5% ~ IE 48.2%

fun watching tho' :)


 3:06 pm on Jan 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Content based site, very general audience:

IE 6 ~ 74%
FF ~ 9%
IE 5.5 ~ 4%
Moz ~ 3%
IE 5.01~ 1%

And then down from there into the decimels of percentage.

I wouldn't consider my viewership in the "tech savvy" crowd, so I was a bit surprised to see FF at such a high percentage.

JAB Creations

 12:28 pm on Jan 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm totally improper to have Netscape & Mozilla in the same catagory. Netscape 6 & 7 have the oldest Gecko engine and really don't count as Mozilla although I tell stuborn people Mozilla is the continuation of Netscape (anything beats netscape 4! ... yeah even IE).

There is no real push to get the Mozilla Suite so I think this is an informed personal preference that will not see actualy decrease in actual people using it unless development stops.

As far as "at work" you only really need to download a zip file of Firefox to use it. The idiots that they call IT guys at my (totally amatuer) school FINALLY installed Firefox on some of the computers but still only have IE on a good majority of them (coincidently I go for design/development there ... totally amatuer like I said ...).

If you're at work download Firefox and open it with a zip program that doesn't fail to keep folder structure (my school has some PKzip or something but only on the XP machines that ALREADY have a zip program via the OS... amatuers...).

The only drawback about zip installs is that I haven't figured out how to get flash working for Firefox.


 1:01 pm on Jan 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

On my 2 biggest websites (entertainement), the use of firefox is between 7-10%.


 7:15 pm on Jan 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've got a fairly diverse high-traffic site that attracts a general audience (not just techies). My browser percentages are:

MSIE: 85.1%
Firefox: 6.5%
Safari: 2.6%
Netscape: 1.7%
Mozilla: 1.6%

For January 2004, MSIE had a 90.6% share, so its share has dropped 5.5% in the last year. Some of Firefox's share has come at the expense of the Mozilla and Netscape browsers' shares.

Time will tell if Firefox will be able to make deeper inroads into IE's userbase -- it will need to penetrate beyond just the geek crowd that is its primary domain right now.


 5:34 pm on Jan 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

From Robin:
Badams: OT, but you can open a group of tabs at the same time in Fx by bookmarking them in a folder, then clicking on 'Open in tabs' at the bottom of that folder.

Oh, thanks, I'll have to do that try that now.

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