It is however ‘interesting’ and ‘useful’ in a couple of ways.
While theoretically all web browsers should show the same page in the same way as each other, in reality this just doesn’t happen. How a page looks in Internet Explorer, might differ slightly from how it looks in Google Chrome.
The difference may be enough to “break” a page.
For a web developer, this can be frustrating as sometimes you have to code your pages to adjust themselves to suit the browser being used by a visitor. While I would not strictly call myself a web developer, I’ve had a presence on the web since 1994, and do enjoy tinkering with new ways to do things – so it is useful to know what people are using.
Browser statistics are also interesting in a broadly intellectual way – exactly what browsers are people using? Which is the most popular?
From this year, I’ve decided to post the browser statistics for all visits to my site over a 12 month period – so early each January, I have decided to do this, and perhaps we’ll see trends over time.
For 2013, Google Chrome was the winner with 28.9% of all hits made to this website in 2013 coming from users with that browser: