The future is clear. The future is here. But is it something that bloggers need to fear?
The new Internet Explorer browser is out, after being highlighted at the Microsoft Mix Keynote event over in Las Vegas.
While the beta browser is not recommended for the masses, geeks and bloggers (or both) will probably want to install it on their machine in order to see if their site passes the “beauty test” (translation: does IE8 make my blog look
After downloading the browser (which is only for Vista and Windows XP users) I noticed that the beta browser had different effects on different blogs.
- On my first blog internet explorer 8 actually fixed an error that kept popping up in the previous version, and aside from a simple cosmetic error (which I can fix on my end) IE8 actually improved the overall layout of the weblog.
- On the second blog I found another cosmetic error (IE8 “bumped” the site up) although overall the site looks as shiny as ever (at least when compared to Firefox).
- On the third blog I discovered (to my horror) that IE8 stripped EVERY AD from the site, which means that I will have to do some serious coding in order to make the site “earn its keep” (although the overall layout was fine).
- On blog number four IE8 consumed the sidebars, which saddened me as it took several hours of troubleshooting to make it compatible in all of the browsers (note: you just can’t win).
I have noticed similar problems with other blogs online, so it may be wise to download IE8 in order to see if your site passes with flying colors in order to determine whether or not you have to tap into your “inner geek” (or hire one out) in order to make sure your site will work with the masses (who still use IE).