Do users resize their browser windows, or is it just developers and designers?
This has been an on going thought of mine for a long while now. When working in design and development businesses, there’s always someone who would say “look what happens when you resize the window…” then having to spend a long time fixing the slight visual quirk.
My argument against this has often been that this is an edge case and “real” users don’t resize their windows very often. So was it worth doing the work for benefit of a very small set of users (of course dependant on the audience of your web project).
So after a few searches, I came across a post by David Goss where he had come up with a script to measure this behaviour. Which he later posted his findings and they generally point to this behaviour being an edge case in my eyes. With 2% of users on desktop platforms triggering a resize, with a higher percentage for mobile and tablet, although these could be orientation changes.
I also decided to run his script on a site of mine, www.londonskateparks.co.uk and here are my results for the May 2014:-
41,486 page views with 383 resizes and 185 orientation changes.
Which is or 0.923% resized and 0.446% changed orientation.
Or 3.65% and 1.90% if you use visits (sessions) instead of page views.
In a similar format to original results formats:-