Firefox overtaking IE as the preferred browser!!

by Gary on August 27, 2007 · 11 comments

in Firefox

For the 1st time Firefox looks as though it is just about overtake IE as the preferred browser for Phoenix readers.

The useage of FF has doubled in just less than 6 months.

Phoenixrealm browser useage

I accept that Phoenix readers are more “web savvy” than some of my other blogs and sites, particularily those in the more corporate arena, but they to are showing an increase in FF useage, albeit on a lower scale.

Anybody else noticing this trend in the real world?

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SEO Carly August 27, 2007 at 10:36 am

Wow interesting. I’m also seeing an increase since Firefox 2

My stats are for top 3:

IE – 56.8% – 123,085
FF – 35.8 – 77,591
Opera – 2.1% – 4,678

I’ve got all 3 browsers installed, i really love Opera and it’s got alot of potential however the sheer number of extensions for FireFox is what’s boosting it’s usage.

It will be interesting to look back at this data in say 6 or 12 months.

Gary August 27, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Hi Carly, good idea – I have put it in the diary to give an update 1st March 2008. PS. It’s a Bank Holiday here today, sometimes it’s good to be British 😉

Lee August 27, 2007 at 11:09 am

For, we have just over 10% safari, just over 22% firefox and just over 57% IE 🙁 Opera is at just over 1%

I predict rises in firefox and safari, but not as much as we’d hope. IE7 seems to have average joe wowed 🙁

Gary August 27, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Hi Lee, thanks for your comment, always good to see a virgin 🙂

Your stats show Safari usage at 10% that is far higher than any of my sites which rarely get over 2%.

It must be something to do with the lifestyle of Mac users and the topic/content of ?

Chase August 27, 2007 at 10:17 pm

Personally I’m stoked that Firefox is taking over. I know IE has finally discovered tab browsing, but it just looks so child-safe and ‘Microsofty’. I think that with yet another windows version looking pretty much like Windows 95 in drag we could all use a break from round sea-blue buttons, hmm?

SEO Carly August 28, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Ok cool, i’ll have to keep an eye out for the March 2008 update.. No doubt i’ll still be around. 😀

But i have to say, YIPES what happened to the blog? We are back to default Wordpress, are you doing a redesign.. Or is this permanent?

I loved the look of the old place.


Gary August 29, 2007 at 6:21 am

Hi Carly, yesterday was a bit manic. Moxt of my sites were down for a rew hours due to a DOS attack on my DNS providers servers. Also some new additions to the theme, such as the SEO book adverts, somehow the theme reverted to the default. All back to normal now:-)

SEO Carly August 29, 2007 at 6:57 am

Ahh thank god for that, i though you lost your marbles for a second and actually “chose” to go back to the default.

DOS attacks, why can’t people find better things to do with their time. My second server got hit for over 3 days recently and all traffic had to be Null routed.

Have you read the SeoBook?

Gary August 29, 2007 at 7:59 am

Yep, I have a copy that is about 18 months old now. I still refer to it on occasions. That’s partly the reason I decided to promote it, as well as the fact you can’t get a better topic for this blog.

Marc Levy September 4, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Hi all, I help run a fairly high traffic site out in Israel, generally the internet users located here are pretty net savvy, but for the month of July IE still clearly remains top at almost 73%, Firefox at 22% and Safari at 4%.

One of my London based sites has pretty similar stats with 79% on IE, and only 17% on Firefox.

Just thought Id give my two pennies!

Mathew @ MB Web Design September 24, 2007 at 9:57 pm

I wish I could report similarly, but sadly IE accounts for 77% of my site’s visitors. Shame