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02 Jan 2009

Web Site Statistics

Now and then I pay attention to my web sites statistics. Mostly I'm only interested it looking if there is any strange behaviour going on, I don't look at any other details mostly. Today I've updated my reports for 2009 and took the opportunity to collate simple descriptive statistics for the past few years.

Browser Engine 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
MS IE 80.5 76.4 86.8 83.8 81.5 74.1 65.6 72.3 66.4
Mozilla Gecko 1.0 2.6 4.3 11.0 9.5 18.6 28.3 22.7 30.2
Netscape (classic) 18.6 20.0 7.2 2.9 3.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Opera 0.0 1.1 1.7 1.5 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.0 1.5
khtml/web-kit 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 3.3 5.1 4.0 3.0 2.0

It's pretty clear to see that IE is the dominant browser over the past 8 years, though it's actual share fluctuates quite a bit and is an over estimate because it's a highly spoofed browser. The Mozilla Gecko family is clearly becoming more popular - of which the vast majority are Firefox browsers. Netscape (including Gecko based versions) have vanished altogether. Opera (a nice browser) seems to be stuck on not a lot. The various khtml/web-kit browsers (Konqeror, Safari and Chrome) are now more popular that Opera but the mix is across all three, no one browser is popular as with Firefox/Gecko.

Operating System 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Windows 97.4 96.1 91.5 95.0 81.0 83.2 83.2 83.4 76.6
Macintosh 1.8 2.4 2.1 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 2.3 1.5
Unix/Linux 0.9 1.5 6.4 3.7 17.5 15.2 15.2 14.4 21.8

Again it's no surprise that the Microsoft Windows family is by far the most common visitor. It's also clear that the percentage of Windows visitors has fallen quite considerably over the past four years. The number of Mac (legacy and modern) visitors is pitiful small and hardly changes - it's a much smaller percentage than would be expected based on estimated Mac numbers. The Unix numbers (almost all Linux) are much higher than expected based on known market make up.

This server hosts my work (mostly Unix/Web/Perl focused) and a small general site, the statistics are mostly as one would expect: higher Linux and Firefox usage than a randomly selected web site. The very poor Macintosh figures are a puzzle: modern Unix based Macs are popular with both Perl/Web users which should fall in the same demographic category as Linux users.