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.

When designing a site, it is important to determine how your customers will use and view your site. Will your customers be using smaller or older computers with low resolution monitors? If so, using a wide site design will frustrate them as they continually have to scroll left and right while reading. Will your customers be using newer high resolution screens and modern computers? If so, using a narrow site design that only fills a small percentage of their screen may look "unimpressive". Will your customers be visiting your site from work or secure areas where javascript and/or Flash may be block for security reasons? Will a high percentage of your customers be viewing from a mobile device? What browsers will your viewers be using? Usage statistics give us some of the answers.

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%
1440   7%
1280   40%
1024   16%
800    3%
640    1%
Unknown    8%

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).


Browser
  Percentage of non-Mobile Web Viewers
Chrome   36%
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%
Safari   17%
FireFox   14%
Opera    1%
Other/Unknown    3%

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.


Browser
  Percentage of Mobile Viewers
iPhone (Apple Safari)   44%
Chrome   23%
Android (Google)   22%
Opera   2%
UC Browser   2%
Internet Explorer Mobile   2%
Nokia   1%
Blackberry   1%
Other/Unknown   3%

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.


Javascript Statistics

Javascript is a programming language that Ferguson Photography and Design uses on most websites to add some interesting functionality. Go to the top of this page and mouse your curser over the "Web Design" navigation link, it will turn dark gray. Javascript is creating a drop down menu of the options for that category (Over View, Planning, Types, Names, Hosting) appearing below the button.

98% or more of the general web public runs javascript on their browsers. But, 2% or less of the public has it turned off. Usually this is due to security concerns. When Ferguson Photography and Design uses javascript we always try and insert coding to allow the non-users a viable option. For example, the non javascript user will still see and be able to use the navigation on this page. However, they will see all of the buttons slightly off-center (to the left). Without javascript the buttons can't self center, but do remain fully functional. Because we use javascript to hide our email address from spammers, our email links also will be replaced.

If you are web browsing with FireFox, it is easy to see what the non javascript users see. Go to Preferences, then Content, then un-check "Enable Javascript", then close the preferences. You will need to reload the current page for the changes to take effect (reload is the circle arrow often just to the side of the address window). Please make sure to turn it back on when you are done exploring!

A note for the truly "geeky": Javascript and Java are two separate programming languages.


Operating System
  Percentage of Web Viewers
Windows Overall   80%
Windows 8.1   8%
Windows 8   7%
Windows 7   48%
Windows Vista   5%
Windows XP   12 %
Mac OSX   17%
Linux   2%
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.