I use a myriad of plugins on my website (and have tested zillions more).
A plugin, for those that don’t know, is an add-on to the basic WordPress install that I use to run this blog. You can get plugins for all sorts of blogging, forum and CMS systems…
Anyway, for a week, I’m going to leave the statistics that I collect using the Wassup plugin on view in the right menu. Why?
A. Because out of curiosity I wondered how my visitors compared to the general trend.
Currently, over the past month, the top web browser of my visitors is IE6!!! This is remarkable. It was invented at the turn of the millennium!
It’s successor, IE7, is actually surpassed by Firefox 3!
This puts my visitor mix right out of the loop compared to the general worldwide statistics. These are shown here:
In basic terms, my visitors are nothing like the average! So fair play to you! And fair play to me!
My top visitor OS is Windows XP. This ties in well with the Market Share data here. I’m not surprised given it’s overwhelming dominance and the reluctance of consumers to move and the readiness of many manufacturers to supply roll-back versions of Vista. I can see the trend continuing because M$ with Windows 7, intend to supply a roll-back to XP for that as well – bypassing Vista no less!
Frankly, it’s appalling. IE6 is a major vector for the transmission of much of the malware zipping around the globe. Granted, it’s probably installed as the default on a large number of cracked copies of Windows, but even then, there are many free and secure alternatives that can be used.
This is why I’ve installed another plugin to pop up a message to anyone reaching this website using IE6! It advises them to change to a better browser with suggestions and links therein. Unfortunately, I haven’t even got a test machine with that old crap on it so I don’t know if it works! So anyone, let me know if you see the message, please!
BTW, I’ll turn off the browser & OS stats after a week of this as it slows down page loading a bit.