I am working on a new design for my website. The width of the header is 760. I just realized that the main content area is not large enough to fit a 468x60 banner and I would need to increase the header images to 820. Is this too big? Should I try and scale down my left and right menus instead? http://www.3zx.com/~gamex/ is my template. Whats the best thing that I can do? I am just not sure if 820 is to wide.
my screen resolution is 1280 x 1024 and i consider the viewer's resolution a LOT. i remember seeing somewhere that a large percent of viewers use 800 x600 so i keep that in mind. I think working with anything under 780 pixels is best. Just don't make it too thin or shove it into a corner with blank space expanding from the right and bottom. and content shouldn't be crammed =). dont css font sizes cuz people with high low DPI (dots per inch) get pissed when they can't read your already tiny fonts
Originally posted by Rich2k 780px will often still cause a horizontal scrollbar in some systems even in IE on XP.
760px seems to be the general concensus amongst the BIG sites using a fixed width.
I usually use 760 but I have occasionally used 780 though
Rich is right. 760x420 is the proper size when designing down to 800x600 (which you should be - almost half of Internet users are still browsing at 800x600 according to a Netcraft survey late last year). Unfortunately, it is too soon to design for 1024x768, unless you are designing for an intranet where system specs are known universally.
Stick with 760. 780 is sometimes a little too wide once scrollbars and other factors are taken into account.