Web and Browser Statistics
Ferguson Photography and Design includes a full evaluation of your website needs with our custom design sites, template sites and site updates.
Here are some statistics on USA and Canadian web use and browsers choice to help you decide how to best use the web and plan your website. These are "general" statistics, averaged from a number of sources for the year 2014. Always take into account what your customers need and want. There is no "one right answer" in the charts and usage statistics below. A client building a site for a medical office serving low income customers should come to very different conclusion than a client offering architecture services in Beverly Hills!
"Desktop" below refers to laptop and desktop computers, "Mobile" refers to smart phones.
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Monitor Width in Pixels
|Percentage of Web Viewers|
|1600 or wider||25%|
Desktop Screen Resolution Statistics
Everything on the web is measured in pixels, rather than inches. Our site is 1260 pixels wide and will be "about" 13.1 inches wide on "most" computer screens. However, if the viewer chooses to alter their screen resolution (System Preferences on a Mac, Control Panels on a PC) then this site may be 7 inches wide or 18 inches wide. It is the viewer's decision, not the website owner's decision!
The issue with a website's width is the "horizontal scroll bar". If a site has more pixels of width than the viewer's screen, the viewer will not see the full width of your website. The viewer then has to constantly scroll left and right to even read a sentence. Customers get tired and frustrated, then they often leave the website.
The resolution statistics chart shows how general web users have their monitors set. Our site is 1260 pixels wide, so its width will fit into the top three sizes (everything 1280 wide and larger). That means that 72% or more of the general web public can use this site without a horizontal scroll bar.
Custom designed websites will be made any width the client would like.
A note for the truly "geeky": We don't build sites exactly as wide as the user's monitor. For example, our site is 1260 pixels wide to fit screens 1280 pixels or wider. That is to allow for the space used by the viewer's browser window and vertical scroll bar. Viewers are very accepting of vertical scroll bars (usually seen to the right of a website), it is the horizontal one that annoys viewers (usually seen under a website).
|Percentage of non-Mobile Web Viewers|
|Internet Explorer Overall||29%|
|Internet Explorer 11.X||11%|
|Internet Explorer 10.X||4%|
|Internet Explorer 9.X||4%|
|Internet Explorer 8.X||6%|
|Internet Explorer 7.X||3%|
|Internet Explorer 6.X||1%|
Desktop Browsers Usage Statistics
Web browsers are what your clients use to view websites. The issue while designing a website is that different browsers will read identical page code and display differing results.
Google's "Chrome" browser is now the most used, with 36% usage. Available as a free download for both Macs and PCs. Very similar to Apple's Safari browser in its programing needs. For more info, or to download a free copy of Chrome, visit Google's Chrome site
Microsoft's "Internet Explorer" is the second most popular browser, primarily because it comes free and preloaded with almost all PC computers. Internet Explorer is a PC only browser, there is no current Mac version. Internet Explorer is not the best browser out there (in our opinion) and it has a significant number of idiosyncrasies that do not conform to the W3C's official coding guidelines. However, 29% or more of the general web public uses some version of Microsoft's browser. It is, obviously, very important to make sure a site works correctly in Internet Explorer.
FireFox is a nice alternative browser. It is more popular amongst enthusiasts and consumers than in corporate workplaces. It is also available free, but you have to download and install it (unlike Internet Explorer which comes preloaded on most PCs). FireFox is available for both Mac and PC. Because it is far more conforming to the W3C's official coding guidelines, this browser tends to have far fewer idiosyncrasies. With 14% or more of the general web public using the Firefox browser, it is important to test all websites in FireFox. For more info, or to download a free copy of FireFox, visit the FireFox site.
Safari and Opera are the two additional browsers. Safari is a very nice browser and is reasonable conforming to the W3C's official coding guidelines. Safari comes preloaded on all Mac computers, but is also available as a free download for PC users. Opera is also available for Mac and/or PC as a free download. All sites designed or updated by Ferguson Photography and Design are tested on Safari and Opera as well.
|Percentage of Mobile Viewers|
|iPhone (Apple Safari)||44%|
|Internet Explorer Mobile||2%|
Mobile Browsers Usage Statistics
This is the percentage of web use, not the percentage of phones owned. There is significantly more than 22% ownership of Android phones, but the iPhone users make more web visits. Chrome and Opera users may be on either Android or iPhone systems.
|Percentage of Web Viewers|
|Windows XP||12 %|
|Other / Unknown||1%|
Desktop Operating Systems Statistics
These statistics are more a matter of interest than concern. All sites at Ferguson Photography and Design are tested on both Windows and Mac OSX.
Please remember that these are statistics for 2014.