View Poll Results: Your resolution

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  • 800X600

    2 8.33%
  • 1024X768

    10 41.67%
  • 1280X1024

    8 33.33%
  • Higher than Option 3

    4 16.67%
  • Lower than Option 1

    0 0%
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  1. #1
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    Desktop resolutions and screen caps

    over the years I've designed and maintained numerous websites (read: that does not mean they look good ).

    I use to develop for 800X600 but last year I started developing for 1024X768. In reading my stats though, I'm quite suprised that 12% of the traffic is coming in at 800X600. It greatly depends on the content of the site. Especially when considering IE or Firefox. But the amount of people using super low resolutions still surprises me. you'd have to be using a 15inch monitor for that to not look gigantic.

    What resolution is your desktop running? Take a screenshot and link to it too. if you need a place to host the images I'm running a cheesy free image site for my customers. www.e-uploads.com. More than the screenshots I'm just curious what res you use.

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    I use 1600x1200 at my desktop
    with iiyama 22'' CRT

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    I wish I could edit the poll and put more options in for higher ones. My initial intention was that anything over 1280 was considered pretty high.

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    1280X1024 on my 21" monitor. Anything larger, and it becomes difficult to read.

    Anyway, I try to design my site where where it will adjust to anything larger than 1024x768. The site becomes excessively long on 800x600, and much of my target visitors use something higher than that anyway.

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    http://www.fishinghost.com/res.gif

    I'm using a 17 inch monitor with 1024 X 768
    Everyone is entitled to MY opinion.
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    yeah catfished that's what I think the norm is now. it's definitely higher than 800X600 which is what everyone use to code for on webpages. but now days that doesn't work.

    The problem is, like I said above, it makes it a pain in the butt to work with when over 10% of traffic is coming from those low resolutions.

    Also, cat, go to the desktop, right click, select 'properties'. Then click on the appearance tab. There's a button for 'effects' on the right lower area. click that and make sure clear type is selected. Your fonts will smooth out a LOT compared to the boxy way they look now. It might just be me though. your fonts look really blocked to me.
    Last edited by fastnoc; 09-17-2006 at 09:58 AM.

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    By the way, here's a great example of why having a really big monitor can kind of suck when browsing the web.

    It's like enom's site is a postage stamp.

    www.fastnoc.com/stuff/2560.jpg

  8. #8
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    I know everybody who I tell this too rolls their eyes. But I have a 17 inch samsung LCD montior and I love it at 800X600... Ive tried to force myself over and over again to use 1024X768 but HATE it. Everything looks way too tiny in that res. I just don't like it. I also think there are a lot more than just 12% of people using 800X600

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    Could be, but not on my sites. that's what I'm going by.

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    When building websites I stopped caring about 800x600 people. They are not my target audience any more - unless I build the site for "800x600 club". I asked my self who are those people and the answer I came up with was not "credit card happy people who can afford to buy product website is selling and they have enough computer skills to successfully complete online transaction". I have no doubt that some of them would fit that description but that would be such small percentage that it is just not worth considering.

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    I don't think it has to do with intelliegence, it's a matter of preference

    I have my clothing manufacturing business website www.jpwear.com designed for 800X600 and it looks just as good in higher resolutions.

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    That's pretty easy to do when the content on most pages is

    "Section has not been completed"

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    One reason for using 800*600 I have seen is ppl with bad eye sight, so they can have money for big sreens but still use them at low resolutions.
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    I use 1024x768, it fits perfect for my, eyes, beyond that its something horrible LOL and it slows down my computer a little.

    When I design my websites, they are "elastic and liquid", meaning that it can fit into a 800x600 resolution in a very decent way and my sites are beste viewed on 1024x768m, beyond that it wont "fit" users resolution, i prefer it to adjust it to anything less than 1024

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    1280X1024 for my 19'' lcd monitor


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    Quote Originally Posted by msh
    One reason for using 800*600 I have seen is ppl with bad eye sight, so they can have money for big sreens but still use them at low resolutions.
    Very good point. I notice elderly people want icons about 8 inches tall.

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    i gave up trying to build for any resolution.

    here is my screenshot...
    Last edited by Project X; 10-05-2006 at 10:52 PM.
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  18. #18
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    e-places,

    that was an intelligent comment

    I have always designed my sites for 800X600... making the inside content look decent in both low and higher resolutions is by far the most simplest task to get accomplished unless you have *exteremely* poor html skills.

    I have several other business sites which were designed for 800X600 and the inside content looks absolutely perfect in both 800X600 and higer resolutions.

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    This thought has crossed my mind a lot recently

    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren Stephens
    i gave up trying to build for any resolution.

    here is my screenshot...

  20. #20
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    I still build 800 x 600... many older people do visit many of my sites... they complain if icons are too small or text is too small... no biggie....
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    I build for 800 X 600 because of the presentation. There's a reason why newspapers have 2.5 inch columns The web isn't much different, I try to minimize the amount of horizontal scrolling that eyeballs would have to do. I've found that the presentation is just about perfect when you design for 800 X 600. You get that perfect column of content and enough space for stuffs on the side.
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    I use a screen resolution of 168x0x1050 and higher. But I always design my websites for 800x600, even if the display resolution trend is towards more and more computers are using a screen size of 1024x768 pixels or more.

    For Display Resolution current status, statistics and trends, this is a valuable resource INMHO:

    http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/

    ............Higher..1024x768..800x600..640x480..Unknown
    July 2006 ...19%.......58%......17%......0%......6%
    July 2005 ...14%.......55%......25%......0%......6%
    July 2004 ...10%.......50%......35%......1%......4%

  23. #23
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    My screen resolution is 1024x768.

    Generally speaking I'll design sites optimised for 1024x768 since that is what most people use. However, having said this, the best thing to do is not have fixed widths, which will enable a website to work well regardless of resolution (within limits), but this can get pretty tricky when dealing with some complicated websites.

    If I were you, I'd just stick with what's popular at the moment. It can't hurt.

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    1280x1024

    here's my screenshot: http://a.photos.cx/screeeeeeeeen-b97.jpg

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