Internet Explorer 6 is bad. It is not good. No, not at all. If you use Windows, please upgrade to the more secure ‘won’t melt your machine down’ Internet Explorer 7 (if you must use IE). Not only is it more secure, it actually displays pages the way they’re supposed to be seen. How do I know this? Well whenever I make changes to my company’s website I have to do some QA since 61% of our customers use IE6. I was just checking my stats for Miss604.com and noticed 21% of my visitors also use IE6 so I decided to use the best tool around to see what those visitors are viewing.
John sent me a link to the Net Renderer some time ago and it’s been an invaluable asset to my website coding and css tinkering ever since. What is allows you to do is view your website as it is seen by various versions of Internet Explorer browsers, from 5.5 up to 7 and ‘mixed’.
Unfortunately, my sidebar disappears under the main content column when viewed in IE6 so to those readers using that browser, I’m sorry, but also… please please upgrade your browser. Not just for the sake of viewing my site but you’re opening yourself up to a lot of vulnerabilities on the interweb by using an outdated browser i.e. bugs, viruses and unpretty colours. It’s so bad in fact that it’s been ranked one of the “25 Worst Tech Products of All Time” by PC World. “If bugs in IE were nickels, Microsoft would be rich as all heck.” [ComputerGripes]
What would I recommend then? Easy, Firefox. There are a few more options as well if you want to get fancy, such as Opera, Safari (for Apple users) and Flock. All in all, Firefox works well for me and all the add-ons and toolbars just make life a whole lot easier. Once you make the switch you’ll also see how ridiculously good looking sites on the weebernet will be. In the meantime, I’ll try my best to make this site work well with all browsers, especially for 21% of my valued readers. I’m just looking out for ya, that’s all.