Browse Happy

If you read my previous post about how I became an Automattician, this might be an interesting post – specially if you are looking to apply for Automattic!

So, before going full-time, I had to go through a trial project and I was super excited when I was assigned a redesign of Browse Happy!

Browse Happy was originally created by the Web Standards Project back in 2004, as a way to let convince users to use another web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer. Back then IE6 was the market lead and, as we all know, it is a terrible browser to develop for and use.

In 2005 the project was donated to WordPress.

Six years after it was handed over to WordPress, it was about time for a re-alignment in design and in focus, so, a couple of weeks ago the new Browse Happy was launched!

The biggest change, apart from the new design, is that it now advocates users to upgrade their web browser (instead of focusing in trying to get people to get other browser than IE).

This is, as you may guess, a special project for me, as it allowed me to get to where I am. It’s also an interesting coincidence, but since 2005, I’ve always used Browse Happy as a reference on my client websites (if you accessed from an older version of IE, you’d get a message pointing you to it).

It got a lot of attention everywhere, but I was specially proud of it being selected as one of the “Sites we Like” on the Typekit Blog. 😀

Browse Happy is going to continue to grow. Several cool features are already planned for it and updates are coming soon! Stay tuned!

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