Browsers: Favourite Browser

started by Joe Gillespie on Jan 6, 2004 — RSS Feed

Vladimir Vladimir
Posts: 53

Hi, like most other web design forums, it would be interesting to see what people prefer as browsers nowadays. Please include your experiences and reasons. Thx.

I really like Opera but on several occasions some pages don't render correctly and sometimes Java and Flash don't display properly. So I just use IE 6.

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

Opera has some nice features, I like the page zoom in particular.

My favourite is Mozilla (1.5.1). It has the best CSS rendering of all browsers, a Javascript debugger, a DOM inspector, a good, if basic, WYSIWYG editor. The password manager is excellent. The form manager is good.

I don't use the mail facility but it seems to be a resonable alternative for people who want to avoid the security problems in Outlook.

I can't think of many negatives but I do have to use IE to access online banking.

Chris011010 Chris011010
Posts: 3

I was once completely stuck on using Internet Explorer, but then we're all young and naive to start with, aren't we?

But now, I've been using Opera since the version 6 era, and despite its bugs and plugin failures, I'm not turning back. Plus it's a nice tidy piece of software. It's had sophisticated built in popup blocking software ages since IE decided it might include such a feature, and because it's a tidy piece of software, it doesn't lag up when you have more than one window of it open, slowing down your overall browsing. And on the same point: Tabbed Browsing!

Opera 7.11 for Linux did have its errors though. The Opera window would just delete itself spontaneously on some sites. But despite all this, It's got to be the best browser, ever.

Alanat Alanat
Posts: 8

I love Safari. It's fast, easy to use and does everything I want.

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Gordon_m Gordon_m
Posts: 1

I simply luurv NN 4.08  

..seriously now. I use Mozilla as my CSS benchmarking browser. If something looks horrid in it then it is more likely something wrong with my code than if something looks horrid in IE 6.

I personally don't really care bother which browser I open up to look at web sites all over the internet.

If I had to choose only one it would be Mozilla. I like the way it renders CSS.

Does anyone else notice how well it renders large font size rules compared to IE 6?

Mattman Mattman
Posts: 9

To be realistic, I have to design sites for Explorer 6. Yes, I've tried Opera and Mozilla but here is a whole big world out there that uses Explorer almost exclusively. What else can I do?

Graham Graham
Posts: 7

I've switched from IE6 to Mozilla Firebird and I'm very happy with the change.  I still use IE6 for some of my contract work, and like Joe, for my silly bank web site.

Regards,

Graham

Cece Cece
Posts: 8

I have been designing websites with several browsers on both Mac and PC. Believe it or not, Macs have the best browser choices and I use Mozilla (now 1.6) there and occassionally Safari, but mostly Mozilla. On the PC, I have stuck to IE6, most common. Occassionally Mozilla as well.  If anyone is using Netscape, you can upgrade to NS 7.1 which is the same as Mozilla nowadays.

I truly do not like Opera. It doesn't seem to keep up with the Internet standards. For the future, Internet standards will be very crucial and I rather use a browser that is truly committed to doing so.

Hitthosekeys Hitthosekeys
Posts: 10

Well, I like Safari's speed and bookmarking system the best, so it's what I browse on when I browse.

Like others, I use Mozilla to see if my css is working, then cross-check with IE and Opera, then visit NN4 to see what I might be up against there.

I recently added a Windows emulator so I could check the various flavors of IE, since on my last project I was unpleasantly surprised at the differences between IE5.2 Mac and IE6 Win.

Mrblack Mrblack
Posts: 40

Nothing beats Lynx for speed....

...probably not the best place to bring up lynx huh?

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
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Quite. But if you take all the seats out of your car and remove all the trim, the spare wheel, the heater and air conditioning, the glass – it will go faster too  

Mrblack Mrblack
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Forum said:
But if you take all the seats out of your car and remove all the trim, the spare wheel, the heater and air conditioning, the glass – it will go faster too  


Agreed, but I still think lynx is MY favorite browser (although I can see why it might not be everybody's), if only for its miniscule footprint (about 1.1MB for the Win32 version), and also for its ability to filter out the noise and reveal the true content of a document.

But then again, I ride a Ducati Monster:


And not a 999R:


...but to each his own/her, right?

Lozit Lozit
Posts: 6

I use Mozilla Firefox.

Many people already tell here why Mozilla is a good browser, i just want to add one thing :

This browser has very nice plugins like the "Edit CSS" that let you edit and modify currently loaded stylesheets and see the result in real time.

http://editcss.mozdev.org

And when you work with css, this is a must have.

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

It's a pity that CSSEdit doesn't work in Mozilla. Says it does in the install page but it doesn't.

Lozit Lozit
Posts: 6

Pearhaps it is time for you to switch to firefox

The javascript debugger is in plugin, DOM inspector too, and it has the same base engine as the old good mozilla.

Btw it is not heavy to download, and could be tested with mozilla as main browser.

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
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I have Firefox, and very nice it is too but everything else I have is in Mozilla and I'd hate to have to switch just to do something I can do in BBEdit anyway. BBEdit's live preview lets you view the page in another window as you type. I haven't found another way that is so quick and pain-free!

Hitthosekeys Hitthosekeys
Posts: 10

BBEdit's live preview lets you view the page in another window as you type. I haven't found another way that is so quick and pain-free!  


You know, I've downloaded the BBEdit demo a few times, but have never played with it enough to discover this feature. Makes me want to take another look....

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

The live rendering is a new feature introduced in the latest version. 7.1.2

Along with the usual Preview button, there is a Preview in BBEdit button. That's the one to look for.

Hitthosekeys Hitthosekeys
Posts: 10

Cool beans. Thanks, Joe!

Jdenny Jdenny
Posts: 65

I have moz and ff, and I think ff has the latest version of gecko but moz has not been updated.
I expect moz will be updated when ff reaches version 1.

Vladimir Vladimir
Posts: 53

Now that I've been using ff for several weeks now...I'm not going back to IE....

Prem Prem
Posts: 1

Firefox forever!
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Fe Pixie Fe Pixie
Posts: 7

Firefox!!!!

Fe Pixie Fe Pixie
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Joe Gillespie said:
Quite. But if you take all the seats out of your car and remove all the trim, the spare wheel, the heater and air conditioning, the glass � it will go faster too  

LOL v true

Matt Lim Matt Lim
Posts: 1

I like Mozilla Firefox. Love the extensions and add-ons.

Builder Builder Builder Builder
Posts: 0

I just love, love, love Mozilla's add-ons



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Sherman Cheong Sherman Cheong
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As there is no one ultimate browser, here's the ones I use for different purposes.


  • Firefox (web development. add-ons, extensions, especially those can't-live-without ones such as "Web Developer")

  • OmniWeb (general surfing. able to save sessions with multiple tabs as workspace. I hate it when I'd lose all my tabs when the Firefox window closes accidentally)

  • Safari (adhoc, speed)




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Cyberjack J. Cyberjack J.
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Opera is the fastest, the most functional, the most customizable and the most addictive browser in the world! )) I can't switch to something else!

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Arslan Hassan Arslan Hassan
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opera is good from look point of view and it,s faster too but i use mozilla it,s great.

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Arslan Hassan Arslan Hassan
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opera is good from look point of view and it,s faster too but i use mozilla it,s great.

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Arslan Hassan Arslan Hassan
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opera is good from look point of view and it,s faster too but i use mozilla it,s great.

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Cyberjack J. Cyberjack J.
Posts: 2

Opera is my favourite!
It can do so many things with web pages that when I open something in IE (sometimes need to do that, cos some dumb "webmasters" make IE-only sites), I just feel like I'm in a cage or my hands are tied up.
Opera is the fastest, and the most stylish browser in the world!

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Sad Kar Sad Kar
Posts: 10

opera my best browser but k-meleon very speedy too

i use k-meleon for server job, use opera other thins

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but still dont same explorer-opera

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Andy Ellis Andy Ellis
Posts: 6

I use Firefox for development and everyday browsing; a bit of Safari for Windows thrown in when I feel like having a Mac look on my PC; and Internet Explorer when I find sites that don't work in the other two which happens a lot.

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Rohit Sati Rohit Sati
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hello ,
I have Firefox, and very nice it is too but everything else I have is in Mozilla and I'd hate to have to switch just to do something I can do in BBEdit anyway. BBEdit's live preview lets you view the page in another window as you type. I haven't found another way that is so quick and pain-free!
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Vladimir said:
Hi, like most other web design forums, it would be interesting to see what people prefer as browsers nowadays. Please include your experiences and reasons. Thx.

I really like Opera but on several occasions some pages don't render correctly and sometimes Java and Flash don't display properly. So I just use IE 6.


I use IE 7and Mozilla firefox.I am satisfied with that.
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Patricia Cerro Patricia Cerro
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I must be a weird person but I prefer Explorer.

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Mark Webb Mark Webb
Posts: 5

I prefer Firefox because it's great for web development, and I like it's add-ons and extensions feature.

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Priam Vathaa Priam Vathaa
Posts: 19

I like Firefox. It is fast and friendly.egbsystems

Aleksandar Cvetkovic Aleksandar Cvetkovic
Posts: 4

For free and fast browsing Opera
For web design and seo work Firefox

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Aleksandar Cvetkovic Aleksandar Cvetkovic
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For free and fast browsing Opera
For web design and seo work Firefox

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Aleksandar Cvetkovic Aleksandar Cvetkovic
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For free and fast browsing Opera
For web design and seo work Firefox

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For free and fast browsing Opera
For web design and seo work Firefox

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Open Source Open Source
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I am using Mozilla Firefox in continuously. Not a faith based one, but a rational one. I tried most browsers out there, including all the versions of Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Flock and Konqueror. Some were as fast as Firefox, but none had as many plugins and add-on. Truth be told, I do have some memory leak problems with Firefox 2, resulting in frozen screens once in a while. But it looks like they manage to fix it in the third version of the software. So I really like the Mozilla Firefox browser.

http://www.technoforum.org

Open Source Open Source
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I am using Mozilla Firefox in continuously. Not a faith based one, but a rational one. I tried most browsers out there, including all the versions of Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Flock and Konqueror. Some were as fast as Firefox, but none had as many plugins and add-on. Truth be told, I do have some memory leak problems with Firefox 2, resulting in frozen screens once in a while. But it looks like they manage to fix it in the third version of the software. So I really like the Mozilla Firefox browser.

http://www.technoforum.org

Jason Hyman Jason Hyman
Posts: 13

Firefox, hands down.


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Steve Webster Steve Webster
Posts: 3

Firefox for me, so many great add-on's for web developers makes it head and shoulders above the rest.

Dalina Dalina Dalina Dalina
Posts: 4

I think Mozilla Firefox and IE6 is corporate and better, IE7 is also some better but IE8 is not so much batter because they occasionally held the system, and program go like sleep, also to much slow so that I refer IE6 and Mozilla Firefox.
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Jumi Ram Jumi Ram
Posts: 31

Hello Vladimir,
my favorite is firefox, because will block many websites from trying to install spyware and other mal-ware from getting onto your computer and it has a very good built in popup blocker that blocks all those annoying popups when you open up a web page.

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Krystine Tawnie Krystine Tawnie
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I've been using Opera since the version 6 era, and despite its bugs and plugin failures, I'm not turning back. Plus it's a nice tidy piece of software. It's had sophisticated built in popup blocking software ages since IE decided it might include such a feature, and because it's a tidy piece of software, it doesn't lag up when you have more than one window of it open, slowing down your overall browsing.

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Absltly Mozilla

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Krystine Tawnie Krystine Tawnie
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I'm using FF2.0, although it's got some bugs but it's much better and safer than IE. I'm waiting for FF3.0. Opera is very good too, but I just got used to FF. For me Opera is a little bit to strict in respecting all html rules, but it's the best in CSS and other stuffs... FF had strong marketing campaign. I think that this very affected on it's popularity.

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Eric Echter Eric Echter
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Waiting for FF3? It's been out for a while now.

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Johnjai Jai Johnjai Jai
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Anyway all this browser thinking got me curious about what browser you guys use. I know that many of you will need to use more than for work purposes (cross browser testing, Internet Explorer applications, etc), but what is your favorite browser for surfing the web, blogging and similar? Below you will find a poll, but feel free to drop a comment explaining why you like a certain browser over the other as well.
What is your favorite browser? (Poll Closed)
Firefox 70%

Safari 10%

Internet Explorer 9%

Opera 7%

Others 5%

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Richard Robbins Richard Robbins
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Because I do a lot of web development and SEO, I use Firefox most of the time. Firefox has a lot of useful plugins for assisting in web development and SEO research. For instance, I just started a new online retail store selling physical therapy products, and I use the Firefox plugins to measure my optimization metrics, such as Alexa ranking, Google PR, and lots of others.

Firefox tends to be used a lot more by technically savvy people. Internet Explorer is used more by those who aren't so technical. Since most people fit into the latter category, IE is the most popular browser overall.

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Latest version of mozilla firefox is best in all....because it has a lot of addons which help you use web very easy and quick...


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I like firefox and Safari.

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Sand Peter Sand Peter
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Hi I like the Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8.The features like Javascript debugger,CSS rendering,Dom Inspector and editor are quite nice.

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State of the art is Mozilla Firefox. But I like the speed of Google's Chrome as well. But there are some problems with chrome, as you can see on my website
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