Question about websites and monitor resolution…

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  1. cafink

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    I'm working on a website right now, and I have just a quick question about the dimensions.

    Are we at the point now where it would be safe to assume everyone's resolution is at least 800×600? The design I'm probably going with won't look quit right at 640×480 but will look just fine on anything higher.

    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. Leila Dougan

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    Generally its best to make pages viewable on 640x480 and 256 colors. But, if its not reasonable to do so, make it for 800x600 but no higher. From doing tech support, I can assure you there are still plenty of people on the internet using 640x480. Sometimes they don't have bigger monitors and other times they just dont know enough about computers to change it.
     
  3. Eric M Jones

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    I've been a web/software designer for 6 years and haven't designed for 6x4 in 4 years.

    -EJ
     
  4. Ken Garrison

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    Ah, hell. My website is made for 1024x768. http://members.tdn.com/oldgrump/kcg
    I always run my monitor at 1024x768 so I make my website look good on my monitor. As long as other people use that res when looking at my site, then it'll look good. 17" monitors and up are cheap now. So, whoever has a monitor around that size should have a res of 1024x768 or better.
     
  5. Brian Mansure

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    800X600 is pretty much the rule of thumb for most web developers now-a-days.
    Less than 5% of internet users are running their screens at 640X480. So unless you have a specific reason it makes sense IMO to develope for 800x600 and higher.

    Some developers create their websites in multiple sizes so that the site visitor may select which resolution fits their screen the best. Heck you could even have a detection script that would grab the users screen resolution and then forward them to the most appropriate version of the website.

    Good Luck,
    Brian
     
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    If you design it for 800x600, then people running 640x480 will just have to scroll more. Try to keep that in mind and don't put and really important info too far on the right, or they may not scroll to it.
    For the most part, you should be fine. Larger monitors are much more common these days, and video cards can run higher resolutions. Heck, I have a 19" monitor running at 1600x1200. I can fit 2 complete web browsers next to each other.
     
  7. Iain Lambert

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    Just bear in mind that the stat above about only 5% of internet users being stuck at 640 may be the case, but not everyone wants their browser window running at full screen. I never have the window larger than 800, even though the desktop as a whole is at 1280.
     
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    This site has a pretty good collection of stats on monitor resolution, browser usage, etc (check out the right-hand column).
    The designers at the "Internet Solutions" company where I work design for 800x600, usually limiting the actual width of the content to about 725 to account for scrollbars, etc.
     
  9. Justin Doring

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    I'm running 1024 x 768 on my 17", but I'll be upgrading to a 21" soon, so I'll then be running 1600 x 1200. If people are running 640 x 480, that's just too bad for them.
     
  10. Neil Joseph

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    I remember asking this same question 2 years ago when I was designing my own site. People said I should design for 800x600 which was pretty safe, a few said 640x480. I eneded up designing for 1024x768.
     
  11. Daren Welsh

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    Who is your audience? If you suspect a high percentage of wankers who can't run higher than 640x480, then by all means cater to their low-res needs. Otherwise use the full potential of higher resolution.

    I personally try to make sure my site is graphically scalable, so no matter what resolution the user has their machine set to, the site will automatically grow or shrink to fit their needs. Now don't go run to my site and look for an example because I haven't updated in a couple years (man, I'm pathetic), but the site I just did for our company intranet site is totally scalable. Basically, it'll look good whether someone has their settings at 640x480 with the text set to "large" or if they use 1600x1200 with "small" text.
     
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  13. nolesrule

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    Just a reminder that WebTV is 640x480. Of course, I always design for 800x600 or scalable starting at 800x600.
     

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