You are happy online. You can check your mail, surf the web to your favorite sites no problem right? So why would you bother switching browsers in the middle of your busy day? Great question. I know, let's make a list!
Did you know that the people building your website generally enjoy it until they get to the part trying to make it function and display properly in an archaic browser?
Granted parts of this are personal experience, but I feel confident some feel the same way, as it can be like building two sites entirely. First, we make a standards compliant site that works beautifully and is generally enhanced with some new features such as HTML5 and CSS3. Then hacks and scripts must be employed to bring ancient browsers up to current. Adding scripts adds more load, which can make an already slow browser even slower!
Great choice! Deciding to upgrade is the first step to increasing your awesome online. Here is a list, including their respective links, to a few sweet browsers that are sure to make you see websites in a whole new light. Hover on each to view some info!
Google chrome runs on the webkit engine, same as apple's safari. Chrome is a great browser super fast and currently supports the most properties.Download Link
Firefox is a longtime favorite, and its rendering engine supports a ton of newer attributes as well. A great choice by many.Download Link
Opera is a great browser that may not be as well known, but has support for many new features and even supports some that chrome and firefox do not as of yet!Download Link
Safari supports everything that chrome does and outperforms chrome on some speed tests.Download Link
So you want to save all your bookmarks? Good call.
The awesome news is that any of these browsers you choose to upgrade to can automagically import your favorites from old Internet Explorer versions! But hey, I know sometimes you just want to have a safe file, so click on whichever version of Internet Explorer you have to learn how to save them step by step!
Well done, you now have a file containing your favorites! Now, we need to put those bookmarks into your new and improved software and your browser! So click on the browser you chose to go with, and once again you will see step by step how to get your bookmarks into place!
So what are you missing? what exactly is the 'browsingbetter' experience?
A lot of subtlety, graceful enhancements that let your eyes enjoy the visit more, smooth round edges and shadowy depths. Coloring gradients and translucent containers. View some example comparisons below.
As HTML5 becomes the new standard, for a multitude of reasons, Internet Explorer must be pampered in order to even be viewable, requiring extra scripts, code and headache.
As more developers embrace CSS3 we must continually take precaution to add fallback support for Internet Explorer, as it does not support any of it and could be unusable otherwise.
If you are using the archaic Internet Explorer 6 or 7, you may not even be able to enjoy videos! Visit the site and be greeted with this...OH NOES!
Some people do not mind the lack of pretty that CSS affords, and that is perfectly ok. A broken site however is not. So what do you think? Enticed? Thought so. Upgrade your browser now, and thank me later. UPGRADE ME!
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The goal of this site is to serve as, hopefully, a little learning experience for people who may not know about the benefits of upgrading their browsers. As well as my own kind way of saying please stop using old Internet Explorer. ;)
This slice of awesome was built by @ryanolson
IE6 is unsupported by YouTube, and IE7 will be losing support shortly. Time to upgrade!