How do you convince the average web user to switch to a non-IE browser?

The following post is word for word from the Webdesigner Depot blog post.

As web designers and developers, we love to see how our sites and web apps look and function using a really good browser.

It’s true that with the release of IE9, Microsoft has made great progress in the so-called browser wars. And although IE9 is a fast and reliable browser that has pretty good support for CSS3 and HTML5, there are still quite a few missing technologies that we all would like to see in Internet Explorer soon.

But the reality is, that while we as developers know that the user experience is greatly improved when a site is used in Chrome, Opera, Safari, or even Firefox. Our users are not aware of this and it’s sad to say that it will still be a very long time before we, as developers, can say that we’re happy with the state of browser usage stats for our client projects.

Personally, I always do what I can to promote the good browsers. If I see someone using an older version of Internet Explorer, I will gladly tell them to upgrade to the latest version of IE or try out something like Google Chrome instead.

I had this experience recently when I went to my friend Alex’s home for dinner. He was showing me some stuff on his computer on IE8, and I tactfully asked him if he’d ever tried Google Chrome. From there, things got interesting, and I decided to take some notes and share the experience. Read More…

30 Outstanding Travel Websites by Vendelay

The following post is word for word from the Vandelay Website Design blog post.
Websites from the travel industry often use excellent photography and attractive designs. Of course, having an appealing website helps for making the subject of the site as attractive as possible to people who may be interested in visiting. In this post we’ll showcase 30 sites from the travel industry to serve as design inspiration.

Large photos are common theme that you will notice throughout this showcase, plus, many of the sites make use of color to create an inviting an appealing website.

VisitPhilly.com

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An iOS notifications concept that we wish was real by TNW

Of all the iOS notification concepts I’ve seen so far, Andreas‘ may be the best looking and most functional of them all. It takes on an interesting approach with a dedicated app that aggregates notifications, a revamped notification display, and a new and improved locked home screen.

Andreas makes it clear that this is merely his own concept, and not a leak from Apple, nor would it be developed for jailbroken devices. He certainly put much effort into it, posting an elaborate FAQ section on his blog. Read More…

CSS Stress Test puts your CSS through hell to isolate performance issues by TNW

stressball

After Andy Edinborough was unable to figure out the source of a serious performance issue affecting a site he was working on when viewed in Internet Explorer 9, he decided to build his own CSS stress tester.

CSS Strest Test is a bookmarklet that scrolls through a page, recording the time it takes to do so as it tests over and over again with different classes removed. If you’re experiencing an issue in any given browser, once the test is complete it should be clear where the culprit lies, assuming it is indeed a CSS issue. Read More…

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