QUOTE (DforDog @ Sep 11 2011, 03:17 PM)
Glad you are satisfied. I however am not. When I buy a cart I expect it to work with all browsers. Avactis have admitted to me that they had no idea their cart doesn't work with AOL browser. I have no confidence in this product and am not happy being told I have to chose between security and excluding AOL browser users. Other carts don't have this problem.
There are plenty of AOL browser users out there. If I believe what I am told on here and by Avactis I would think they were as rare as hens teeth and I can assure you they are not.
I am bored of acting as a tester for Avactis. I can't find many people actually using Avactis so maybe that is the problem. The few of us using it have to find all the bugs. So it is not so much that AOL browser users are as rare as hens teeth, more like Avactis shopping carts are.
I guess it depends upon your definition of "plenty". A very small percent of the world market is still a fair number of users. But, there is a huge difference between such a tiny share that it is ignored by most to "rare as hens teeth".
There are many places that keep statistics on browser use, but here are a couple that are consistently referred to.http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp
has stats going back to 2002, which happens to be the last year that AOL made their own browser. After that, they bought Netscape. You can see that by 2007, Netscape's share had dropped to 0.2%, and in 2008 it had slipped below 1/10 of 1 percent and was no longer tracked.
shows Netscapes usage worldwide at 0.14%.
If you look at AOL as an ISP, regardless of what browser is used, http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=18
shows a world share of 0.37%.
I'm sorry, but anyway you want to look at it, AOL represents less than 1/2 of 1% of the internet users.
Armed with what we learned about AOL's browser using a different IP address for HTTPS than it uses for regular HTTP, I simply changed to serve the entire storefront by HTTPS. I recruited a couple of customers to try using their AOL browser to see if it worked. It did.
Many ecommerce sites have switched to serving their entire storefront with HTTPS in the past year or so. Having the browser indicate that it is a secure site from the first page visited is seen as a positive for the store. The downside, of course, is that it takes more resources to encrypt a page before sending it, so your server has to be up to it. Either way, Avactis gives you the flexibility to serve some or all pages by https.