What is a Browser

19 Sep 2011
Written by MJ Meyer

Web BrowsersA browser is where it all starts. Yet, little people know what it exactly is, which one they're using, and that there are many different types of browsers.

To make life a little easier and provide you with a basic understanding, you can watch the video below.

So which one are you using?

You should have recognized the little blue 'e' icon. That is Internet Explorer, or IE for short. But if you're still not sure, you can visit whatbrowser.org

If whatbrowser.org says you're using IE version 6, 7, or 8, you need to update your browser! Like yesterday!

Most people use IE as this is the default browser that comes bundled with Windows. This however, by no means makes IE superior to other browsers. IE has tended to be a pain in the back for web designers, as they generally don't update IE to keep up with new best standards and practices.

Which browser should you be using?

If you are using the latest version of your browser, it really doesn't matter which one you use.

Old browsers are bad. They're slow, make websites look funny, and are usually not very secure. So as long as you are running the latest version of any browser, you are good to go!

In our experience however, we have some preferences. We would advise, Google Chrome or Firefox. They are both super fast browsers, secure, and generally don't give you any problems. They also automatically update when a new version is available.

In Conclusion

Old browsers bad, new browsers good, Google Chrome and Firefox even better! We hope this has opened your eyes, and you'll see how awesome the web truly is! Happy browsing :)

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