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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 1)
on May 01, 2012

That is interesting. Does that carry through to WC Support Forum posts/requests for help?

on May 01, 2012

There is one consistent thing there.  Nobody uses Vista!

on May 01, 2012

cool but what about Wincustomize

on May 01, 2012

Neil Banfield
There is one consistent thing there.  Nobody uses Vista!

Poor Vista, dead at such a young age. ( I secretly wish the same fate for Windows8)    I do like Vista, but it doesn't measure up to Windows 7 in any respect.

 I am suprised that IE is losing ground so quickly. It's still my preferred browser.

on May 01, 2012

Hey, wait a minute! I use windows Vista (desktop) and IE 8. Rarely have I had any problems: Skyrim, Crysis, even Elemental have all run well on it. By the way, I am exactly 3" tall and that is a perfectly good heighth to be! So there.

on May 01, 2012

Gaston_DAoust
I am exactly 3" tall

There ya go. lol

on May 01, 2012

Thus is the problem with providing statistics, they only show what the presenter is wishing to depict, and far less then what folks read into them. 

on May 01, 2012

Internet Explorer:  The best browser anyone can use to download Google Chrome!

on May 01, 2012

Fyrstar2002
Internet Explorer:  The best browser anyone can use to download Google Chrome!
Awesome!

on May 01, 2012

Neil Banfield
There is one consistent thing there.  Nobody uses Vista!

Which I find a tad odd... Might just be me, but I think Vista has been the best Windows OS, so far.
Used it with pride up untill a couple of weeks ago when I had Win7 shoved down my throat for buying a new PC.
Can't say I enjoy Win7 the same way....

on May 01, 2012

Snowman
Which I find a tad odd... Might just be me, but I think Vista has been the best Windows OS, so far.
Used it with pride up untill a couple of weeks ago when I had Win7 shoved down my throat for buying a new PC.
Can't say I enjoy Win7 the same way....

You are honestly the first person I've heard prefer Vista to 7.  Can you point to anything specific?  I'm very curious.  I used Vista for a while, and after a good chunk of updates, it actually got to the point where I liked it better than XP.  Once 7 hit, though, I never looked back, especially due to the new taskbar.

on May 01, 2012

Rosco_P

You are honestly the first person I've heard prefer Vista to 7.  Can you point to anything specific?  I'm very curious.  I used Vista for a while, and after a good chunk of updates, it actually got to the point where I liked it better than XP.  Once 7 hit, though, I never looked back, especially due to the new taskbar.

Well, Rosco, I know -a lot- of people disliked it and had a bad experience using it, but all I can say is... it worked, 100%.
Up untill the last 3-4 months I used it I hadn't had a BSOD since I used XP. Any and all applications I gave a run worked without a hitch.

There may very well have been some areas of Vista I never "got in touch with", which have given others grey hair.

But.... mainly it's because certain applications (specifically a certain Stardock application) worked on 64bit Vista, but doesn't on 64bit Win7, or in combination with other applications on 64bit Win7.

My first go at useing Win7 didn't really spark much 'love' either. As I've mentioned numerous times before on the forum, Vista performed better on my (old) system than Win7 did.
I couldn't have half the applications open, in Win7 as I had in Vista, before Win7 started 'spitting blood'. With Vista.... I doubt I was even capable of maxing it's potential. I often had 3 browsers (or more, with several tabs open in each) going, PaintShop Pro, Photoshop, Outlook, various background shit (3 monitor set up) and still I could have a movie running without any hickups. In Win7.... 2-3 applications, a movie and it started screaming about 'limited experience due to slow performance', or something like that.

All in all; Vista was by far the better choice for me.

on May 01, 2012

There were a few pre-configured systems that worked flawlessly with Vista and if you had one you would like it.  Or you could start with my wife's expensive Samsung laptop with wonderful Vista that required me to fix and repair it daily.

As a computer repair guy, Vista was terrible overall--though with some neat features and improvements here an there.

Essentially, if you started with a "blessed system" and never taxed or altered it you might like it...but wait until you do have a problem...then you will learn the meaning of hate.

on May 01, 2012

Sinperium
There were a few pre-configured systems that worked flawlessly with Vista and if you had one you would like it.  Or you could start with my wife's expensive Samsung laptop with wonderful Vista that required me to fix and repair it daily.

As a computer repair guy, Vista was terrible overall--though with some neat features and improvements here an there.

Essentially, if you started with a "blessed system" and never taxed or altered it you might like it...but wait until you do have a problem...then you will learn the meaning of hate.

I was working at the GeekSquad when Vista hit.  I had to set up every single display unit for the new Vista systems for launch day.  It's amazing how many of them had issues right out of the box.

I still have nightmares about it.

Not really.

But still, it wasn't fun.

on May 01, 2012

Rosco_P
It's amazing how many of them had issues right out of the box.

True, Vista before SP1 was a bit flakey, but after SP1 and 2, it was pretty solid for me.