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Wallpaper statistics (updated)…

My wallpapers are apparently a success. A large number of people have downloaded them and some sites even added a link to the blog entry. I’ve also received an enormous amount of positive feedback. A big thank you to everybody for the support!

I’ve decided to create another set of wallpapers, which should be ready sometime next week. In addition to this I also got some other ideas for Firefox artwork. Hopefully these will be ready on Sunday.

Some statistics about the current wallpapers (compiled about 6 hours ago):

Strings (dark): 1380 3885 downloads
Hot: 522 2933 downloads
Ice: 993 2623 downloads
Navy (light): 1051 2547 downloads
Strings (light): 557 2368 downloads
Navy (dark): 947 2305 downloads
Sketch: 314 1523 downloads
Red: 414 downloads
Black: 350 downloads

Total: 5764 18948 downloads

These figures are of-course excluding any downloads from mirrors like: Czilla.cz and CyberCat.

51.109 275.935 hits created by 2415 16.324 visitors in the last two seven days. These visitors downloaded over 1.7 6.63 GB worth of data. These numbers are quite amazing to me, because rakaz.nl is hosted on a local Linux server which is connected to the net using a regular ADSL line. It amazed me even more that I hardly noticed all the extra traffic.

Over 80% 60% of the visitors were using Firefox to access the site, which shouldn’t be a surprise. Internet Explorer users accounted for 12% 27%. All of these IE users were shown a special message which basically told them to Get Firefox, leading to 27 80 referrals.

BTW: If you haven’t noticed yet, Spreadfirefox.com is running a new campaign: 2500 donation in 10 days for a full page ad in the New York Times. In less than a day they already got 3500 donations! If you haven’t donated yet, you can do so here. In case you are wondering; I also donated and my donation id is 3 :)

13 Responses to “Wallpaper statistics (updated)…”

  1. Nathaniel wrote on October 21st, 2004 at 12:41 am

    Well, I’m not surprised :D
    I put your ‘Hot* as a wallpaper 5 seconds after I layed my eyes upon it.

    I just have another question:
    I came onto your site from spreadfirefox.com, and I liked this design alot. What script are you using for the blog? is it your own or a professional one?
    couldn’t find any advertising anywhere :)

  2. Darren wrote on October 21st, 2004 at 1:21 am

    Hmmm, more downloads than mine. Mind you, I’m not surprised, your wallpaper is better than mine. And I have to confess to being inspired by your designs. So you win ;o)

  3. quack wrote on October 21st, 2004 at 3:14 pm

    I’m now using your Ice wallpaper at work, I’ll set my home PC to use one of the others, haven’t decided which yet.

    I’m also using one of your avatars on all the forums I frequent!

    Keep up the good work.

  4. z1on0101 wrote on October 26th, 2004 at 3:51 pm

    How did you send a special message to IE users only?

  5. rakaz wrote on October 26th, 2004 at 4:32 pm

    z1on0101: Just fire up IE and visit this website :) It’s a red banner on top of the website shown only to IE users.

  6. z1on0101 wrote on October 26th, 2004 at 6:19 pm

    ok, i see your code there – AWESOME!

    where did you learn how to make a browser-specific message?

    (i’m new to html)

  7. z1on0101 wrote on October 26th, 2004 at 6:42 pm

    oh hey, your IE thing works with IE for Windows, but not with IE for Mac.

  8. z1on0101 wrote on October 26th, 2004 at 6:46 pm

    ok, i found that those things are called "conditional comments"

    i’d better not talk about this here – email me

  9. SmiiiFF wrote on October 26th, 2004 at 7:29 pm

    I love the wallpapers.
    I’m using the black one.

    could you also make black versions of the forum and msn avatars?

  10. Enzo wrote on October 27th, 2004 at 10:52 am

    "A friendly little message for our misguided IE-using friends…"

    Personally I think you should leave out the word misguided. Be more polite and you’re more likely to have a positive impact on IE users. Be negative as I think you are then I think you will likely alienate IE users which is not what you want to be doing when you are trying to convince them to change browser.

    "A friendly little message for our misguided IE-using friends…
    This website is standards-based and won’t display properly in Internet Explorer.
    You might want to try Mozilla Firefox instead… "

    to *something like*:

    "It appears you are using the Internet Explorer web browser."
    "Our site relies heavily on web standards and unfortunatly Internet Explorer does not yet fully support web standards. Therefore your browser may not display this website correctly. We recommend that you download and try out a standards complient browser such as Mozilla Firefox."

  11. rakaz wrote on October 27th, 2004 at 2:34 pm

    Enzo: thanks for the suggestion. I’ve updated the message for IE users.

  12. Alex Beynenson wrote on November 16th, 2004 at 8:04 pm

    In my experience, short of very fine (highly unnoticable) pixel-pushing, IE can handle standards-compliant HTML and DOM without any problems at all. Just because Firefox is sexier in appearance and behavior, doesn’t mean IE can’t stand its own. And for a browser that hasn’t had its rendering engine updated in a long time, I’d say that’s quite a feat!

  13. Bill Green wrote on December 12th, 2004 at 8:12 pm

    Hey, Just wanted to thank you for all the wallpapers and buttons you’ve made for firefox. I must admit, the ‘Black’ wallpaper looks wonderful with the slate theme on Microsoft Windows Codename "Longhorn", almost as if they were made for eachother!