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WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg visits Memphis

WordPress founder visits Memphis

WordPress powers over 16% of the web, including this blog.  WordPress founding developer, Matt Mullenweg is in Memphis this week for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest.  He and part of his development team stopped by Launchpad at Launch Memphis on Tuesday, 5/15/2012 for some Q and A.

Matt Mullenweg in Memphis

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Tech tip: Check your site in browsers you don’t use

It seems that those of us who are looking for the shiniest new technology objects seldom look back at the applications we have kicked to the curb.  So it is with web browsers.  I have been addicted to Google’s amazing Chrome browser for quite a while now.  I browse in Firefox occasionally, but Internet Explorer?  Didn’t everyone leave IE behind years ago?   To be honest, I have only used IE for the proprietary Realtor  tools that, for some reason, are written to perform only in IE.  Otherwise, I doubt if I would have would fired  it up except by accident.

The other day, I accidentally brought up the new version of my real estate site http://spake.com in IE, and I was appalled.  A site that looked pretty clean in Chrome and Firefox, was distorted as  a website Picasso might have designed when displayed in IE. (Too bad I didn’t get a screen shot)  To my surprise, Google Analytics told  me that 35.56% of my site visitors  this year used a version of Internet Explorer.  Time for panic!  Over a third of the visitors to my business website, were getting unformatted, and partially unusable content.  No wonder IE generated the highest bounce rates of any of the major browsers  opening spake.com.

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