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I'm currently in the design/start stage of my personal website, the books I'm reading point out that IE8 practically doesn't support anything with new websites, should I make a IE8 version of my website or is that not a problem due to limited use?

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    Does your user base use IE8? If not, no. Check with your users, or look at traffic metrics. – Evil Closet Monkey Feb 10 '16 at 3:06
  • @EvilClosetMonkey Thanks for the tip, will look at that! I will probably not be making a IE8 version unless I find out a lot of people use it to access my site. – Emmet Arries Feb 10 '16 at 6:24
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Do I need to make my website compatible with IE8 and earlier?

Do a significant number of users of your web site use IE8 or earlier and would they be unwilling to upgrade to use your site?

If so, then yes.

Otherwise, no.

  • Thanks for the answer! I will look into that! My guess is no, since it is a personal site I probably won't get a lot of traffic period. I'm not at 15 rep so I can't up vote your post but I will once I get there! – Emmet Arries Feb 10 '16 at 6:25
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When IE8 makes up 0.3% (one third of one percent) of internet browsers that hit your site, I'd say it's probably not worth spending that much effort on:

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_explorer.asp

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

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    While the advice given by Baronz is sound, it's important to note that the statistics on the linked pages are from a biased sample. According to the page, "The following figures are based on W3Schools' users" (emphasis added). The user base of W3Schools -- programmers, students, web developers, etc. -- is likely not representative of the population at large. Don't use it as a replacement for your own traffic metrics and real user statistics (as @evil-closet-monkey noted) – Dylan Knowles Feb 10 '16 at 5:06
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    Thanks for the answer! I will take that into account! I'm not at 15 rep yet so can't upvote your post but I will when I get there! – Emmet Arries Feb 10 '16 at 6:28
  • @DylanKnowles Good advice! – Emmet Arries Feb 10 '16 at 6:29

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