When I design my websites, I always make sure that they render properly across all web browsers including; Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome and Opera. This is an absolute necessity because my sites get visitors from all of these browsers (some more than others) each and every month. Here is a list of the most popular browsers used on my sites for the month of April (along with some pretty pie charts).

Overall – April 2011
april browser overall
37.08% – Internet Explorer
25.40% – Firefox
14.31% – Chrome
13.90% – Safari
3.57% – Opera
5.74% – Other

Internet Explorer Version- April 2011
ie browser april
73.81% – 8.0
14.50% – 9.0
6.96% – 7.0
4.71% – 6.0
0.01% – 5.5

Firefox Version- April 2011
firefox browser april
48.18% – 3.6.16
22.07% – 4.0
4.83% – 3.6.13
3.65% – 3.5.18
21.27% – Other

Chrome Version- April 2011
chrome browser april
56.93% – 10.0.648.204
25.16% – 10.0.648.205
7.20% – Other
4.55% – 11.0.696.60
1.54% – 11.0.696.57

There are a lot of things these type of stats tell us about internet users and the browsers they choose. It’s clear that people who use Google Chrome or Firefox update to the latest version much more quickly than others (mainly because it’s an automatic update). We can also see that most Internet Explorer users only update to the latest version once it’s included in a Microsoft update. The most used browser on my sites is still Internet Explorer however, Firefox is a very close second with Chrome and Safari battling for third.

As far as web design goes, it’s clear that every site created needs to be optimized for every browser out there. It may be frustrating and it may be tedious, but if you want to be taken seriously as a web designer, it’s something that needs to be done.

The other day I was discussing a custom web design with a client and I was showing him a few different types of fonts he could choose from. He asked me if he could pick one from the list of fonts in his Microsoft Word document and I had to explain to him that he couldn’t because it wasn’t a browser safe font. You can guess what his next question was; “what’s a browser safe font?” I went on to explain that browser safe fonts are fonts that can be used across the most popular web browsers like; Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome without any issue. I then proceeded to show him the following list. I figured I’d post it for anyone else curious about the best picks for fonts on the internet.

All of these fonts are in their standard format (no italics, bold etc.) and have a font size of 18px.

Arial
Arial Black
Comic Sans MS
Courier New
Georgia
Impact
Lucida Console
Lucida Sans Unicode
Palatino Linotype
Tahoma
Times New Roman
Trebuchet MS
Verdana
Symbol
Webdings
Wingdings
MS Sans Serif
MS Serif

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