I Seriously Hate Internet Explorer!


So last night I launched a new site, I am actually still tired and didn’t get much sleep. But I launched my new site TwitterBanking.com. I will talk about this tomorrow or maybe later today, but it is just a simple squeeze page. The problem is I created it from scratch and I always work in FireFox or Safari, so any changes or testing I am doing I view it in both those browsers. I just do not think anyone uses IE anymore.

I even tweeted a comment about how I hate IE and I got a ton of response via twitter:

  • from aroussi: @ianternet IE Sucks. Here’s why: http://tinyurl.com/57vm83
  • from blackbottom_com: @ianternet ya -IE 6/7, Safari 3+, FF, 3.0+, and all the CSS intricacies, I’m usually tuckered out.
  • from blackysky: @ianternet feel you for IE or I hope IE8 will be more like firefox ๐Ÿ™‚
  • from: quirkyjessi: @ianternet I couldn’t agree more!

But last night while at launched, I got an email saying it looks messed up in IE. I decided to check and to my astonishment here is what I saw:

Twitter Banking

As you can see the dashed table is pushing into the sidebar, the reason for this is because the form button is extending too far out. So it pushes everything that is on the sidebar at the bottom of the table. I am too ashamed to show the whole site, but you can see it in crap action in POS IE!So lesson learned always test LPs in other browsers. The problem with me is that I usually outsource this all and I do not have to really worry because they do all the testing. But since it was a simple squeeze page I am creating, it should be easy right – so I did it. I was all super happy that it was getting traffic already and receiving optins – until someone emailed me how crappy it looks in IE.

According to analytics only 13.73% of my traffic is using IE, the majority is using FireFox! I still have to consider about the 13%, gah. But the site should look like this – click here.

When I find out it was all F’ed up I was too tired to try and fix it, I will probably end up giving it to my programmer to fix it and stuff. But lesson learned always cross test browser compatibility with your sites, landing pages, sales letters, etc – because it does matter.

You can be losing traffic, that small 13% can be the best buyers in your lists! So you really have to cater to all your traffic and make sure their user experience is the best – create that brand and credibility right away, with that you can easily grab attention.

So make sure you split test all your sites in multiple browsers – after I found that the site wasn’t looking good in IE, I Googled ‘cross browser testing’ and found a really great site called Browsershots.org. What this specific site does is actually load your website in a browser, I guess on their backend and take a snapshot of it – providing you a screen shot of your site in multiple browsers.

It is pretty cool because you get to chose the browsers from Google Chrome to third party browsers such as Avant and Opera. There is a huge selection and it puts it in a queue for process, then you refresh the page every so often and it spits out a screenshot of the site. Great tool for your arsonal.

So to me there were some browsers that it does not work with at all, like old versions of Opera (who uses opera?), obviously IE all versions except 8 <- didn’t know there was an 8. But overall FF took the chain and definitely made the site the way it is suppose to be. If your not with FireFox, go download it now!

So later today, I will be adjusting it – my programmer is already busy with things so I may have to do it – but it shold be a quick fix I think, if not to my programmer it goes too.

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  • Microsoft know that ie6/7 sucks .. in ie8 they will try to do a mix of FF and safari.. Right now, itโ€™s a beta2.
    I test it out to see where browsers are going and the Microsoft browser will be much more social. In other word, if window 7 is as good as I think it will be then live search can gain huge non-geek traffic. I should keep a eye on Microsoft , by the way they still have a deal with facebook. I guess everything will make sense when window 7 will be there.
    Until then I stick to firefox .. danm I love those add-on in my firefox browser

  • I am something of astonished to see you didn’t bring up a valid site as you did some good looking BANS templates Ian. You have so much xhtml errors in a particular really easy site ๐Ÿ™‚ If you need a valid two coloumn working in IE product template let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ian

    tru tru – the bans was readjusted with my designer once i ran into old IE issues, which I think I might have to do with this one as wll.

  • I would help, but I agree, IE sucks! That’s why I use Firefox myself. Hopefully someone can offer you some help.

  • I hate it for two reasons:

    1) It’s soo $#&@ing slow when browsing sites
    2) No design is ever right in it… GRR

  • Whoever is still using the internet explorer browser is doing themselves a disservice by not moving to Firefox because it is outdated, too slow, and it’s functionality is horrible

  • It must be the style of my code, but I actually haven’t had many issues with IE7 yet. IE6 was another story. Definitely a Firefox fan, but I’m kinda looking forward to IE8 as well.

  • Hi
    Goodโ€ฆโ€ฆ.. No I should say very well.
    Blog really containing a meaningful. Keep it up.

  • Hi Ian,

    what plug-in are you using to make that .jpg pop up like that?


  • I also hate internet explorer, I can’t stand it. Its very slow and there is always problems when designing sites for it.

  • Hahaha. My mom kept on yapping about how IE sucked and stuff and she even uninstalled her IE from her laptop! Now she just uses firefox. I never bothered using IE for a long time ago and just use Firefox, so I never saw how serious it was until I read this post – and the comments!!

  • IE does sucks, I can get many viruses within an hours just by browsing even when i’m using IE 7.0 the problem still existed. Also i don like the browsing speed comparing to Opera and FF which i can browse multiple pages within just a minute while in IE you’ll have to wait for 1 pages to fully loaded before you can push it into another pages

  • Yea men, IE is garbage now, i noticed the last few months, its been messing up bad. At first I thought I was my computer. but i went to library at school and it is even worse!!! (Stop Responding) every 5 seconds, MAN!!!!!!!!!!

  • I hate it too. I’m only using Firefox and Chrome for now. I still don’t understand why 60% of internet users still prefer to use IE.

  • 60%? I don’t believe that. I heard that Chrome is the fastest but I believe everything from google is just a spyware. So firefox with lots of plug-ins wins!

  • I’ve been using Mac for a couple of years now and I think I don’t remember how IE looks like anymore. It sucks. Period.

  • You are very lucky to only have 13% IE users. Looking at all our analytic accounts here in South Africa IE is about 80%. We wish that people would at least remove IE6 from their PC’s, 40% of our IE users.

    Thank you for sharing browsershot as I did not know how to view IE6 before now. Firefox has the best plugins and Chrome is the fastest.

  • I was an IE user forever and then one day started using Firefox, that was one of the great days in my history. Everyone needs to switch over.

  • Sadly, there are still soooo many people that use IE… in some ways I can’t understand why anybody would be using it, but take into account that there are a lot of technological novices that really are just helpless lol.

    I’ve tried google chrome… it was great until it got ravaged by some spyware when trying to access zshare. Back to Firefox I’ve gone.

  • I was told recently that our site is not working in IE either. I have IE7 and Firefox so I cannot see what they see. I was looking at my stats and 30% of my visitors are IE6. When is IE8 coming as we know got to think of that as well, hopefully they have fixed it somewhat.

  • Thanks for giving the information.

  • Thank you, blog really containing a meaningful. Keep it up.

  • Very helpful post. I mostly used firefox but yes sometimes this types happen in IE. This is good site check for browser compatibility. Thanks.

  • Internet Explorer 8 is quite stable version amongst all internet explorer version, But it create problem some time. Firefox is really doing a great job.

  • I swtiched to Firefox about 9 months ago and have never looked back. At first it was like anything, I had to find my way around and learn how Firefox handled things, but after a couple of weeks I was loving it!