First look at Vox

Just had my invitation to create a new Vox blog. Vox is Sixapart’s new hosted blog which it says is “designed for personal use – it emphasizes simplicity, privacy and building community with family and friends” while “Typepad is designed to provide passionate bloggers, professionals and businesses the power, customization and control they need to build great-looking ad-free blogs”.

Unfortunately it gets off to a bad start. Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser for most people – especially who aren’t geeks or associated with technology professionally. And Vox doesn’t work in IE7. This is what I get when I try to upload my photo:


Works fine in Firefox and I don’t have IE6 on this PC so can’t test it. Before all the Firefox geeks start having a go at Microsoft and starting waffling on about standards try and remember that it’s what people use that is more important.

If Vox is going to be targeted at individuals then Sixapart need to get this fixed before IE7 comes out (later this year?)

About 30% of visitors to this site use Firefox, in contrast just 8% of visitors to my political blog use it. My wife’s blog, which is mainly about community issues in the town where we live, has just 3% using Firefox.

The figures are:

A PR Guru’s Musings: IE6 54%, Firefox 30%, Safari 4%, IE7 3%

Stuart’s Soapbox IE6 74%, Firefox 8%, Safari 3%

Karen Bruce IE6 91%, Firefox 3%, Safari 3%

This was meant to be a post on Vox but accidentally turned into a rant against Firefox. My Vox comments will follow.

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2 Replies to “First look at Vox

  1. Okay. What people use is the most important thing… IE7 is still in beta, so I think that makes you the biggest geek in the room! (And by your own figures, the smallest minority.)

    If I didn't know you better, I'd paraphrase your comment as: 'Microsoft's got the monopoly… get over it!'

    Having said that, I use Firefox, but wouldn't recommend it to others. You have to revert to IE when people break with standards (usually banks in the name of security) and most people can't handle that. When IE7 comes out of beta, I'll try it (I'd never risk an MS beta: you're very brave).

  2. IE7 is so good that I now rarely use Firefox. Before I used to switch between IE6 and Firefox depending on what I was doing – Opera is installed (I think it still is) but never used.

    The only problems I've had with IE7 is one or two sites where it doesn't work properly (but less than you get with Firefox) and that the security is a bit aggressive on sites like Typepad and causes problems inserting pictures, links etc. You can probably solve this in the security settings but as I use an off-line editor I've never bothered.

    Your paraphrase is pretty spot on, except that with IE7 Microsoft deserves success as IMHO it is actually better than Firefox.

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