It depends if you are using CSS throughout ot tables.
I usually use 800xanything and make the web page fit in the middle eg osla property. I have seen lots of major sites using 800xanything. Sometimes clients would not like to see blank spaces on side/sides though.
You can have web design which fits all screen resolution if the middle part of the graphic content is plain or has homogenous design.
If you are using CSS throughout then its easy as it will fit all screen resolution. eg Dreamstime's website.
My suggestion, would to not totally forget about 800 x 600, but spend more time making it look good for 1024 x 768. It's clearly the most used, but if you also spend some time making it work in 800 x 600, like maybe a redirect script that switches the user to a version of the site based on their resolution, then everyone ends up being happy. This was a big issue when everyone was switching from 640 x 480 up to 800 x 600, so it all changes slightly over the years.
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Quoted Message: I am in the middle of developing a website and have been having discussions with my designer about whether to design for 800x600 or 1024x768. We don't want to use a liquid layout.
The audience for the website will be mid range users in terms of their degree of comfort with computers and technology. I would imagine it would be viewed by people both at work and at home.
I still think we need to design for 800x600 - various stats say 10-20% of people still use 800x600. That is high to me.
I'd be interested to know what other designers are doing now with their web designs in relation to screen resolution and why. Thanks in advance!
[quote]Think of it this way, since you already have resolution of 800 x 600 and it some day will become a screen of the past you should be making your site friendly for 1024x768 and keep the 800x600 to to continue reciving taffic from the 20% die hards still out there. Cater to both intill your sure there is not much worth to keeping the 800x600 screen.
Hahaha... I think PlumDesign meant to say is that if you're designing websites for personal fun, then you could design at whatever resolution you feel like. :)
Anyhow, I am now starting to design most of my client's websites with 900 or 1000 pixels in width and centering the whole site. With the remaining left and right space, I fill them with colored background that fits with the design.
Originally posted by Yevettem:
Quoted Message: [quote]If You make the website for fun You are able to suppose that the most common resolution is 3458x94847
Sometimes you just have to work with what you've got.
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I would base it on 1024. most monitors support this resolution and higher. the most important reason is that you want to design for the future, that means as the standard size of monitors is growing, the resolution is too .. so if at this point, more people will be using 800 / 600 (which to be honest i find hard to believe) in the next 6 months to a year it will be obsolete - or old really .. best design for future - that way you won't have to redo the site so quickly