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Joost Volunteer moderator says

Hey everyone!

First of all.. I know this might not have that much to do with the Envato marketplaces, but I figured I’d ask it here anyway, as we all together form a huge amount of knowledge.

You’ve all helped out ‘less advanced computer users’ around you, I’m sure. Usually, these people use Internet Explorer, more often than not because they simply do not know any better. When you try to talk them into using Firefox or some other awesome piece of engineering, however, you stumble uppon the following question: what are those advantages of real browsers for these ‘less advanced computer users’?

For ‘people like us’, surfing the web pretty much 24/7, using countless add-on’s to debug their website as well as enhance others (Greasemonkey!), the choice is obvious. Also on a principle issue, it’s an easy decision: Internet Explorer does not implicate CSS standards correctly, and should be boycotted.

I find it suprisingly hard, however, to formulate some factual, noticable advantages for the ‘Average Joe’, except that they’re helping everyone around them by boycotting that blue E Microsoft so proudly calls a browser.

What arguments do you use in favour of your favourite browser, when convincing someone who isn’t exactly a fanatic computer user?

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KeithDee says

I love Chrome coz it’s fast, big and mean.

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vasilios says

The plugins for Firefox =

‘nuff said.

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Joost Volunteer moderator says
The plugins for Firefox = <3

My point exactly. I love them too, but my next door neighbour won’t see the point – he doesn’t want to decode Tinyurl links, add Userscripts to websites or debug his HTML . ;)

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KeithDee says

I like Chrome coz it is down to earth. I was tired to plug-ins. Chrome is just a basic, speedy browser, without unnecessary “AdBlock”ing. lol.

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GX3000 says
The plugins for Firefox = <3
My point exactly. I love them too, but my next door neighbour won’t see the point – he doesn’t want to decode Tinyurl links, add Userscripts to websites or debug his HTML . ;)

1. Fire fox has an issue with centering backgrounds in non common resolutions and screws up layouts

2. Firefox cannot read html when it has flash background

3 . Firefox flash mousescroll does not work on as2 files when wmode transparent

4. Firefox cannot login ftp without plugin

5. Firefox cannot save webpages like IE can

Just a few that I can remember off the top of my head.

IE has it’s own issues also.

None of the two are better then the other. They are both the best to use

As far as which is used more don’t read the bullshit statistics that different sites claim.

I have several sites out there with tens of thousands of visitors each month. awstats show that 70% + of users access the sites via IE

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blabus says

I agree, Firefox is overrated- it is better than IE, but then that’s not saying much, is it? :)

Safari FTW .

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CodingJack says
The plugins for Firefox = <3 ‘nuff said.

+1, There are so many FF plugins I could not live without.

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vasilios says

Like, I have nothing against other browsers. I use Chrome and Safari, I just like the plugins for Firefox. :P

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PixelBin says

I actually like Safari, after Firefox of course. :) Safari works a lot smoothly than Firefox, but lacks plugins. Ever since the 3.5 update for FF, it hasn’t worked well at all.

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