Browser Statistics for UK Government Websites

by @edent | 3 comments | Read ~151 times.

One of the great things about publicly blogging for the last 5 years, is that I can remind myself of what I was doing this time last year. Or several years ago.

The Terence Eden of October 2009 was a busy chap! 22 blog posts! What a guy 🙂

One post which caught my eye recently, was asking “What are the browser statistics for 10 Downing Street?

Here was their answer

So, three years later, how have things changed?

Firstly, I asked the team behind the (still in beta) GOV.UK

Then, I asked for the whole of the space

These are, as they say, to be taken with a pinch of salt.

It’s interesting to see the collapse of IE6, and the huge rise in Chrome. More interesting still, is the difference between the general parliamentary site and GOV.UK. There also doesn’t appear to be a significant mobile presence – unless they’re rolled up into the main stats.

One thing is for sure, it would be great to see these sort of official statistics regularly. Not least to counter the “must support IE6” and “Who on Earth uses Chrome” crowds.

3 thoughts on “Browser Statistics for UK Government Websites

  1. Tim Haysom says:

    Probably need a round up of different sites based upon socio-economic grouping or other segmentation. National Gallery probably different to The Sun. Also for SMEs, Business Link. LinkedIn would probably be pretty interesting as well.

  2. Alex says:

    Safari is an absolute pig to pull apart in analytics between mobile and desktop. I would assert that the majority of safari pageviews are mobile. FF is also rolled up in those stats, but the use of FF mobile is so slight as to make no odds. We used to get quite a lot of IE Chrome Frame, but that seems to have died a death too. Also, they’re for a (mostly) non-sitting month, although the Lords are in this week. We’ll probably see a bit of a shift when there are more bills/legislation being discussed.

    1. Thanks for you stats – and your insight. I wonder if Chrome on Android is similarly hard to disambiguate?

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