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Is it still worth Extending Website Compactability for IE6?

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  1. eyashwant

    eyashwant Power Member

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    Is it still worth Extending Website Compactability for IE6?

    I have a website that is my business site and it is not IE6 compactable. I want to know if working on it is really worth?
     
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    well i would say that all depends on the amount of conversion work involved and exactly how incompatible it is.

    with larger places like google officially ending support of that particular version i think it would necessitate a good hard look at what browsers your traffic is using and if ie6 even makes up a reasonable portion of it.

    i don't know how long your site has been up, but seems that you have been doing ok for this long? might not be worth fixing what technically isn't broken.
     
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  3. voxclan

    voxclan Regular Member

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    In my opinion, NO!

    We are developing sites for some external customers. For the last 2 months, we tell them that our sites may not be IE6 compatible.

    Here is an article to see Google view about this
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    http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/01/modern-browsers-for-modern-applications.html
    And here are the latest browser stats to help you make the decision
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    http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp
    IE6 was a always pain, adios IE6

    P.S. Of course, ideally, you should take a look at your analytics and see what % of your visitors are IE6, and then make a better decision.
     
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  4. eyashwant

    eyashwant Power Member

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    Hello, Few More Facts.

    1) It is for a Web Solution Company.
    2) Fixing has few ways -
    A) Buy updated version of the template for 35$
    B) Fix with a developer which is too hard for entire premium template
    C) Get new version from Download section, Which I have requested lol.
    3) Google & Many Others ended support which will eventually move users off but yet many use IE6. My Website Analytic says :

    12/202 Visitors use IE. But this is before marketing. Now we will be marketing a lot, but mostly with in the market of people who need websites. So I guess this percentage may differ.

    For your understanding, Screen shots of analytic here.

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    Our site is up for long, but we are making a new site under development that has this issue.

    So now considering the facts, I request the great people from BHW to give me a firm decision as I whole hearty accept anything you guys say, Because I trust you so much...
     
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    origin Regular Member

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    Keeping it compatible with IE is still a good decision, maybe it needs to remind IE users to move to modern browsers.
    HTML5 and CSS3 is even more harder to make it compatible with IE without any JS programming.
     
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    so you're talking near as makes no difference to 6% of your user base that is still on ie6?

    what's your time line for implementing the new site?

    here is what i am thinking. if your new site is a couple months off, and you can make your current site compatible for less than $40 that might not be the worst idea. although you have to consider in that cost the effort needed to roll out the new compliant site. with man hours included that $40 could easily jump up.

    the only reason i am even entertaining the notion of making it compatible is because you said it is for a web solutions company. on the one hand you don't want potential customers to see you solutions as being incompatible, but the other side of that is that at only 6% of your total traffic i don't think it would be worth it.

    i'm not going to give you a solid yes or no answer because i don't know your business as well as you do, but i will tell you this: take the $35 upgrade cost, figure out how much money you would spend in labor to implement that, and then decide if your ROI would be worth it.

    my gut says that over the next few months that 6% number will continue to drop.
     
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  7. eyashwant

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    We have already worked a lot on CSS, So getting it redone takes good time. I need site to run asap. More faster it gets ready, more the profits. So I think the best way is to let this go on with the same one with no IE6 support and see the 6% going up or down over a period of 1-2 months and I am sure in that 24 visitors, I am not going to make a billion $ sale. So after a month seeing statics, I can decide. But as far as the W3C, it is going down at a steady rate. That is good to hear LOL. So I guess in a period of next 6 months it will be off the site.

    So let me do that and update. Meantime any more suggestion is valued.
     
  8. lord

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    unfortunatelly quite a lot of people still use ie6

    Personally I don't develop any website for IE6, because now everyone wants web 2.0 and for it to work on any platform, and that being said CSS and ie6 don't mix that great :D

    Only use IE7,IE8, FIREFOX (latest), Chrome (latest)

    that's it

    probably whatever works in those will work on safari and opera too
     
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  9. eyashwant

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    LOL. When you dont develop for IE6, Why should I? :D It is falling off fast...Hope if it does tonight, I am happy...

    So does your official website support IE6?
     
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    I have read a news/report a few months ago that microsoft have already set a date when they will stop supporting IE6 so i suggest no unless you're target users use IE6

    There are still rare cases like this. Infact, one of my latest project requirement is to make sure the final site is compatible with IE6 because the new client's user is still using IE6 :(
     
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    Hmm! Considering the facts, I too love to ignore IE6. And I regret for your client and his client. His client due to not upgrading, his provider (your client) has to pay you more to make it IE6 Compactable. LOL.