As a web developer I am constantly keeping up-to-date on web browsers, because believe it or not what web browser someone is using can affect how they view a website. All web browsers interpret HTML and CSS, the building blocks of the web, slightly differently. This means that we are checking all the websites we make in multiple web browsers like IE7 and Firefox.
According to W3schools browser statistics the most frequently used browser is Firefox at 41%; though the combined users of IE6 and IE7 tops this at 52%. We have found that many of our clients, more than the national average, are using IE7 and IE6. Tell us what browser you use and why.
Best feature: The Awesome Bar
Why is it called the Awesome Bar, because it is awesome? The awesome bar is exactly like your typical address bar in most browsers except it has more capability. Have you ever visited a website, but not been able to locate it again because the URL has nothing to do with the content of the site? Well the awesome bar searches page titles and keywords within the URL and then generates the drop down list of websites you’ve visited in the past. This feature alone has made me a diehard Firefox user.
I also use Firefox 3.0 because of its web developer toolbar. This is an add-on that allows me to diagnose problems in a site and more easily look at the code. For a web developer this is an invaluable tool.
Why I recommend Firefox – The awesome bar and the add-ons easily make this the most user friendly browser in my opinion.
If you’re still using Firefox 2.0 – update to 3.0 immediately. There’s no reason to keep an older version of the software when there are so many advancements in the newer version.