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Let’s look at 3 web stats that tell us a little bit about the demographics of who visits us.

First, we’ll use our homepage: Stardock.com.

Then, we’ll look at our most popular game, SinsOfASolarEmpire.com

And lastly, we’ll look at our most popular desktop utility, Fences.

These stats are for the month of April, 2012.

Who visit Stardock.com?

  • By Browser: Firefox (34%), Chrome (32%), Internet Explorer (24%)
  • By OS: Windows 7 (58%), XP (34%), Vista (6%)
  • Top Resolution: 1366 x 768 (20%)

Who asks for support?

  • By Browser: Internet Explorer (33%) , Firefox (32%), Chrome (30%)
  • By OS: Windows 7 (73%), XP (17%), Vista  (6%)
  • Top Resolution: 1920x1080 (20%)

Who visits Sins of a Solar Empire?

  • By Browser: Firefox (40%), Chrome (30%), IE (22%)
  • By OS:  Windows 7 (72%), XP (16%), Vista (13%)
  • Top Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 (21%)

Who visits Fences?

  • By Browser: Chrome (34%), Firefox (31%), IE (29%)
  • By OS: Windows 7 (64%), XP (29%), Vista (5%)
  • Top Screen Resolution: 1366x768 (18%)

So what can we take from this?

Stardock.com gets the lion’s share of traffic (90%). Fences gets about 2X the traffic of Sins of a Solar Empire. And support gets a relatively small number of visitors (though bear in mind, we’re still talking about millions of visitors a month in each so it’s all statistically interesting still).

What I find interesting is that when it comes time to ask for support, it’s Internet Explorer users at the top.  It’s the only unusual bump IE gets in visitors (it’s last in every other category).


Comments (Page 2)
on May 01, 2012

1366 x 768 resolution seems popular. That surprised me because I thought I was one of the few who liked that setting.

I've tried 1920 x 1080 but I don't like squinting.

on May 01, 2012

 

Who visits Sins of a Solar Empire?

  • By Browser: Firefox (40%), Chrome (30%), IE (22%)
  • By OS:  Windows 7 (72%), XP (16%), Vista (13%)
  • Top Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 (21%)

 

You sure about those numbers regarding OS?  

on May 01, 2012

I just started to use Chrome and so far I am loving it. Though once in awhile I will use firefox. 

Why is 1366 x 768 so popular...? Laptop resolution or something?

Keep buying Win 7 people! 

on May 01, 2012

Berserkben
 


Who visits Sins of a Solar Empire?


By Browser: Firefox (40%), Chrome (30%), IE (22%)
By OS:  Windows 7 (72%), XP (16%), Vista (13%)
Top Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 (21%)
 

You sure about those numbers regarding OS?   % 

Some visitors came back twice.

on May 01, 2012

Hawawaa
Why is 1366 x 768 so popular...? Laptop resolution or something?

My first laptop was 1366x768

on May 01, 2012

Gaston_DAoust
I am exactly 3" tall

 

Lying down?  

 

This is so weird because I have 5 desktop systems.  4 run Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit, 1 XP Business.  2 laptops with Win 7 64 bit. 

Me and the kids have played a lot of BroodWar.  BroodWar does not play nice with Win 7.  It's a weird rotation of the color palette issue with no good way to fix it.  

I really have not had a problem with any of the systems.  

 

on May 01, 2012

I've got to toss my hat into the ring concerning Windows Vista.I actually loved it !! It performed flawlessly for me and to tell you the truth, all the hoopla by Microsoft about the better graphics capability in Win 7 eludes me. I simply don't see it. I'll even go out on a ledge here and say that actually, my games played much better in vista with fewer crashes than I have now, and I have a high-end self built gaming rig. Therefore I know it's not my PC, my benchmarks are right up there with the best of the best. So that only leads me to the conclusion that Vista was a pretty solid OS. The only reason I haven't gone back to it is my concern about compatibility with WindowBlinds and other eye candy apps. But....I may get a wild hair and try it again sometime if I get bored enough because it's pretty certain at this point in time that I won't be migrating to Win8 anytime soon....if ever ! So that's the way it is...Tuesday, May 1st, 2012.      -- Ace --

on May 01, 2012

AceMatrix
The only reason I haven't gone back to it is my concern about compatibility with WindowBlinds and other eye candy apps.

If that was your only reason for switching to Win7 I would say you were way off track.
As of two weeks ago, every Stardock application I used (on Vista) worked fine, if not better.....
And now, being on 'the glorious' (64bit) Win7, I/we actually have less Stardock goodies to play with.
One step backwards, imo...

on May 01, 2012

RedDwarf999

Me and the kids have played a lot of BroodWar.  BroodWar does not play nice with Win 7.  It's a weird rotation of the color palette issue with no good way to fix it.

I had a similar problem when trying to run Master of Orion II on Windows 7.

I found a very strange solution on the web.

If I open the 'Screen resolution' window (right clicking on the desktop) then all the colours are as they should be when I start the game. I don't even have to do anything in the Screen resolution window. It just needs to be opened.

I know this doesn't make much sense, but it works for MoO2, maybe it'll work for Starcraft.

on May 01, 2012

I'd use Windows Vista over Windows XP.  But it's a far cry from Windows 7.

on May 01, 2012

I use Vista, but only so that I can make snide comments about it on the internet. (True Story)

on May 01, 2012

I like Windows 7, although I sometimes refer to it as 7 of 9 because it's so efficient.

 

on May 01, 2012

Frogboy
I'd use Windows Vista over Windows XP. But it's a far cry from Windows 7.

Ditto ....

on May 01, 2012

Looks to me that Vista still is roughly around 8-10% or so.. I wouldn't say that no one uses Vista... as a percentage of 'millions' that's a good chunk.

I'll still keep supporting it for this year more than likely.

on May 01, 2012

Microsoft leveraged user's need for improved drivers and processes to force computer owners to "upgrade" to Vista.  What it essentially provided was just an upgrade for firmware and a few tweaks for stability.  It was a poor offering as "a new OS" and was subpar in myriads of ways.  Honestly, Microsoft should be ashamed of the lack of forthought put into it and how little it gave users.  That's why Vista right now is essentially abandonware waiting to happen.

Windows 7 is really the XP upgrade's (Vista) patch-fix upgrade...and it has some crappy design flaw in it which don't help the user in anyway.

The next debacle is going to be Windows 8 where they throw a bunch of tablet features and styles out of iPhone envy on top of another crappy system with only essential necessary software for web and hardware upgrades in place and call it "the next great".

I've never been closer to becoming a Linux user.

 

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