* these numbers are from my site, this one, uber.la, the charts are from Gaug.es
84% browsers are NOT IE!
- The modern browser has arrived and killed the IE stranglehold on web development.
- Flash is on the way out with HTML 5!
92% screens are over 1024 wide!
- The 800 pix width is dead.
- Long live flexible-width design.
Gone are the days when we were concerned with bandwidth constrictions and color palettes. And today, with a quick survey to confirm my suspicions, most of our audience has MODERN browsers that play nice with *modern* code. (Firefox, Chrome, Safari). And the days of worrying about constricted screen width are done as well. 1024 pix wide is now the lowest common denominator for 92% of our viewers. So now, the fixed-width design begins to look a little dated.
Today's designer gets to focus on functionality and usability now. There are fewer excuses to explain a mediocre website experience these days. Maybe when sitting at a coffee shop using shared WIFI, I occasionally get irritated with slow loading graphic-heavy pages. But the most likely explanation is the WIFI and not the designer. Let's hope, anyway.
Open up the page and go for it. We're waiting for the next evolutionary design. (And I hope it's not Pinterest-cloning!) And the browser and screen width can take anything you can throw at them.
Other posts about kicking ass in social media:
- The Quick Course in Online Marketing: Big Picture (Social Media, Search Engine Marketing, eMail Marketing, Content Marketing)
- 8 Steps Getting Social Media To 5 Goals & 2 Wins the [INFOGRAPHIC]
- The Fallacy of Just-In-Time Learning: We All Know Everything (Just Google It)
- The Cult of Brand: How the New Mini Continues to Capture Hearts and Minds
- Pinning for Pleasure; How Business Might Be Missing the Pinboard Metaphor
- Defining Social Media: Online Marketing + Social Networks = Social Media
- fCommerce – So, You Want To Make Money on Facebook's 800 Million Users?
- ROI ROI ROI and Social Media; We Need to Have This Discussion Again
- The Only Consulting Offer You Should Read: Cost = Nearly Free; Value = Priceless
- Facebook Privacy: the Myth, the Changes, the Confusing Privacy Settings
- Damn, We Should Do An Infographic on That; Charts Trying to Be More and Do More?
- Pinterest and the Power of Social Bookmarking: Tag Yourself (Web Design is Dead)
- Twitter Broke the ReTweet Awhile Ago, Making Lazy RT-ers of Us; Do It Yourself
- Social Media MBA – The Reading List
- The ROI of Social Media – It’s Easy, Right? (return on investment)
See all of the Social Media Marketing Videos on the Social U. page.