Friday, 25 September 2009

Javascript Usage Browser Breakdown

A breakdown of browser usage for users who browse with javascript disabled

I was just looking at some traffic statistics from one of my largest sites and I thought I would run a report to see the breakdown of browsers for those users who visit my sites with Javascript disabled. From looking at 30,000 visitors (all identified as human and not crawlers) the breakdown of enabled versus disabled is:

DISABLED - 10.02%
ENABLED - 87.48%
NA - 2.50%

I was expecting the top browser to be FireFox purely because of the NoScript and Developer toolbar add-ons however of the 10% of users without Javascript enabled the browser breakdown is the following:

IE 6.0 - 4.99%
IE 7.0 - 3.23%
Firefox 2.0 - 0.73%
Firefox 3.0 - 0.29%
Firefox 1.5 - 0.20%
AOL 7.0 - 0.10%
IE 5.5 - 0.10%
IE 8.0 - 0.10%
Safari 1.3 - 0.05%
Safari 3.1 - 0.05%
Safari 3.2 - 0.05%
Safari 4.0 - 0.05%
IE 5.01 - 0.05%

And for a full breakdown of the browser usage of 30,000 users today (25th September 2009)

IE 7.0 - 29.75%
IE 6.0 - 21.97%
IE 8.0 - 21.09%
Firefox 3.5 - 8.76%
Firefox 3.0 - 7.78%
Chrome 3.0 - 3.13%
Safari 4.0 - 2.40%
Firefox 2.0 - 1.37%
Safari 3.2 - 0.73%
Safari 3.0 - 0.49%
Safari 3.1 - 0.44%
Firefox 1.5 - 0.39%
iPhone 3.1 - 0.24%
AOL 7.0 - 0.24%
Nokia - 0.20%
IE 5.5 - 0.15%
AOL 6.0 - 0.10%
Firefox 3.1 - 0.10%
Opera 9.6 - 0.10%
Chrome 2.0 - 0.05%
Safari 1.3 - 0.05%
IE 5.01 - 0.05%
Mozilla 1.8 - 0.05%
iTouch - 0.05%
Opera Mini 4.2 - 0.05%
PlayStation 3 - 0.05%

I will let the statistics speak for themselves however I am pretty disappointed to see the majority of the visitors to my sites are all still using Internet Explorer. On the latest version of my sites software I have put some code at the top of the menu for logged in users that outputs a list of preferred browsers for those users who are using old versions (i.e not the latest versions of IE, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Chrome) to tempt them to upgrade to a more "suitable" browser.

However I suspect those users who have used IE for the majority of their on-line life are very unlikely to change to another type of browser regardless of how rubbish IE is. I mean its only people who work in IT and actually have to develop websites who know the pain and suffering that developing for IE brings to your life. Users who only browse the net with it probably have no such gripes and are perfectly happy to carry on using it as well as any future versions Microsoft bring out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

30k visitirs a day,
Think that :
one month a year, with 45% of IE users, will make you lose 1/30 of your yearly users.

Simple put that :

We are detecting that you aer using a version of Internet Explorer,
please use another browser to visit this website, because IE sucks so much that we decided not to support it, and we'll never do.