MozillaZine Reports Mozilla Usage Share at 1.8%, Notes Sharp Increase in Gecko Visitors

Tuesday January 20th, 2004

kroxx sent us a link to's latest browser usage share figures, which report that Mozilla has a 1.8 percent global usage share. This makes it the fourth most popular browser after Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6, 5.5 and 5. In total, IE has a global usage share of 94.8 percent, according to the Amsterdam-based website statistics firm.

Meanwhile, Gunnar writes: ", one of Germany's major computer-related websites, reports that Gecko browsers had a share of almost 30% (29.9%) in January 2004 among their visitors. This is up 10.5% in a year (or a 50% increase)." An English translation of the Heise article is available.

#24 Re: Re: That is a lot of people!

by schapel

Wednesday January 21st, 2004 8:56 AM

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If you design your site according to standards, you never have to redo it. If you design an IE-only site, you may have to redo it according to standards in the future if many more people start using Mozilla, Safari, Opera, etc. It seems that with IE-only design you run the risk of having to pay more and reach fewer customers. What kind of stupid business decision is that?

By the way, OneStat's estimates of non-IE browser usage is far lower than other stat sites. See <> for some higher estimates. Additionally, many IE-only sites work only when JavaScript is enabled, meaning that a further 15% of users cannot access the site.

As far as I can tell, IE-only design is almost never the result of a deliberate business decision. It's the result of ignorant web designers who think that everyone uses IE and everyone will continue to use IE. It's an assumption that's getting further from reality each day.