Browserlike Website


Most people have strong feelings about their internet browser. It used to be Internet Explorer loyalists versus Mozilla Firefox geeks, but several new browsers have muddied the water a bit. Browserlike allows people with strong opinions in this area to vote once and for all for the browser they like best. Although it only allows you to choose between Google Chrome and Firefox, this should settle a few arguments once and for all.

This website is a hobby site, but it is a well designed one. In fact, we decided that its mere simplicity and clear design merited a mention. Too many web designers make a simple concept much more complicated than it needs to be. Here, the objective is obvious. Vote for your favorite, and if you have a comment feel free to leave it. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

Browserlike is a hobby website and we are still trying to figure out what the designers get out of the deal. No advertising or other money-making opportunities clutter the pages. There are links to Twitter and Facebook and you can opt to ‘Like’ the website, but it is unclear who stands to profit or how. This could be the beginning of a beautiful business opportunity if the admin figures out how to capitalize on a pretty impressive amount of traffic.

A few other pages may be in order just to give a well-rounded feeling, but it is important to make these as relevant as possible to avoid messing with the minimalist, pragmatic vibe. You don’t need movies and videos to show how you feel about your browser, so why bother? Here is how we ranked this site in our favorite five categories:

Creativity: 3 stars. A clear sense of flow and harmonious feeling do not necessarily equal creativity. While the concept of an online ballot box is relevant and appropriate, the designers need to get on the ball and add a few more features.

Ease of use: 5 stars. This may be the easiest site to navigate that we have ever reviewed, because everything you need is fit neatly on a single page. Kudos for avoiding the common trap of thinking that more pages is always a better choice.

Functionality: 5 stars. Facebook and Twitter both have strong presences here. If you care enough about your favorite browser to make this presence part of your own internet presence, here is your chance.

Content: 4 stars. The small amount of content is well written, but there needs to be more of it. We want to hear more about why the site exists and what the owners think about the browsers as well.

Appropriateness: 5 stars. The old fashioned voting motif is cute and shows at a glance what the website is for. This clearly is a place for deciding which browser is best, or at least which is more popular.

Overall: 4.4 stars. This website wins for being as brief as the subject allows and not taking up even an inch more than it needs to.