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Opinions on page width.Views: 333
Sep 05, 2007 5:16 pm re: Opinions on page width.

steve solem
The following stats are from www.thecounter.com

Sep 1 00:01:01 2007 - Wed Sep 5 12:58:01 2007 4.5 Days

1024x768 4247184 (50%)
1280x1024 2304219 (27%)
800x600 861591 (10%)
Unknown 696532 (8%)
1152x864 281662 (3%)

...and you can see that 800x600 is quickly losing ground to the higher resolutions as larger monitors become less expensive.

Personally, I've always tried to design for the "lowest common denominator" (800x600) and I still do with most of my work. Users with larger monitors can always view your site in a window, they don't HAVE to view it full width, and I find the challenge there is to use a nice background that's not totally obnoxious when viewed in their browser at full resolution.

As mentioned, more flexible and liquid designs are possible, but then you lose control over how your layout looks so I still prefer a fixed width. I think if you have lots of copy on a page a liquid layout can look ok, but if you have relatively short pages, what looks great at 800x600 will look rediculous at a much higher resolution.


Steve Solem

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