If you’re like me, you routinely check and double-check and triple-check how your blog or website looks in different web browsers so every visitor has the same viewing experience, right?
Or do you smack some content together in one browser and assume it looks the same across the board?
Do you even KNOW what browsers people use when visiting your site?
Because when I see web pages such as the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development’s unemployment insurance login screen that is optimized for the “Internet Explorer Version 6 browser,” I immediately realize they don’t have the slightest clue about their visitors.
You can see my highlighted text:
IE 6 was released in 2001. I’m willing to bet most of the browsing public seeking income are using fresher browser versions. Maybe I’m wrong.
I use Google Analytics to track my blog visitors. The data is impersonal and only shows behind-the-scenes metrics such as search engine keywords used to reach a page, incoming links referring people here, operating systems and browsers used, and so forth.
Here’s a snapshot of you and your peers at AriWriter over the past 30 days:
Like 51% of my viewers, I also use Firefox. (Oh, and my visits are excluded from these charts.)
Drilling down to the 34% with an Internet Explorer browser, here’s a fuller view:
See how a mere 567 visitors (out of some 6,000 total in the past month) are using IE 6?
If I was working in the state’s IT department (err, BT department per my recent post about the name change), I’d be installing tracking code and making changes.
How about you?