Firefox Dominates

Posted August 6th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

Amazingly, Firefox users recently exceeded users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (MSIE) on one of my servers. This is not just one site on the server either. It’s all of them. Even the ones not out for review to the web development community (three are:,, and The numbers? Well, they are presently averaging as follows:

  • Firefox: 53.267%
  • MSIE: 37.214%
  • Opera: 4.056%
  • Netscape: 2.615%
  • Unlisted others: 1.663%
  • Safari: 1.176%

I’m blown away. It’s great because my sites typically offer extra features only available to standards-compliant web browsers. Don’t get me wrong, MSIE, has it’s own exclusive bells and whistles such as a JavaScript enabled “Bookmark this Page” function, whereas Firefox does not. All-in-all, though, the features I can enjoy sans JavaScript — using CSS and PHP — are far more useful in the areas of cross-browser compatibility and web accessibilities. Simple stuff like being able to apply “focus” to elements other than anchors (<a… links).

So, anyway, way to go Firefox. I know it’s probably a fluke, but over 50% is a really big surprise nevertheless. I wonder how long the trend will continue.

9 Responses to: “Firefox Dominates”

  1. Zach Blume responds:
    Posted: August 8th, 2005 at 12:30 pm

    What’s your traffic? I’m getting an average of 100-300 users a day on my site, and 60-70% of them are firefox. Of course, my site works perfectly (exactly the same) in MSIE, but I’m my users are web-standards-fanatics.

  2. Zach Blume responds:
    Posted: August 8th, 2005 at 12:31 pm

    Sorry, average of 50 users a day (100-300 HITS), I meant :-p

    Big difference…:-p

  3. Zach Blume responds:
    Posted: August 12th, 2005 at 7:01 am

    Yeah, it even *feels* more rugged, secure. IE feels like “oh god am I download syware now?” Yuck. Plus all the cool features.

  4. Zach Blume responds:
    Posted: August 12th, 2005 at 7:02 am

    Wow, my figures just jumped to 70% firefox, 20% safari, %6 IE

  5. Rick Huby responds:
    Posted: September 29th, 2005 at 7:49 am

    I think its good to see more adoption of FireFox. I am not surprised that its happening, just how quickly - in my experience, everyone who I introduce to it seem to prefer its features (even just tabbed browsing).

    Still worries me that my online banking company will not allow me to access them without using Internet Explorer, Allowing Popups and having JavaScript enabled!

  6. Jeremy Baker responds:
    Posted: November 1st, 2005 at 10:28 am

    You have some really cool stuff at your site. I’m sure gonna come back here.

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