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Most Common Fixed Width Design? (9 posts)

  1. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'd like to do a poll, but that's not an option, so I'm looking for some feed back on what people think the most common, or best width for a fixed width design.

    The reason is multifold, but one reason is after reading the new AListApart, and their reference to "faux columns", something I've used on my personal blog since its inception, I thought it might be nice to offer a few different ones for download. Also, as I begin to do more themes to share, I'd like to design at a width that is accepted. I know designing for 800x600 is best (I still use my old laptop almost exclusively for online work, it's 800x600), but 700 width, 743, 686?
    Thanks in advance for any input.

  2. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    750 px. That's the widest I generally go on fixed width. That makes a LOT of "blank space" on my own screens (little one 1280x1024, big one 1600x1200; by Friday I'll have a second at 1600x1200 - all 17" diags....), but it fits at 800x600 without wanking the viewport into horiz scrollbars.

    I design at 1024x768, then tweak down to 800x600. I'm NOT DOING 640x480! Sheesh.

    [and before anyone asks, yes, I surf full screen in FF at the largest res I have available, with however many sites open in tabs I need; I do NOT have a problem with text sizes - of course, who would in FF anyway? Multitasking with teensy browser windows is a myth and I have no clue who's promulgating it....]

  3. jalenack
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I live on the edge with 786px. I also use faux columns: http://blog.jalenack.com/wp-content/themes/v4/i/content1.jpg

    760 is a good size. Altough I have seen lot of sites going 1000px. Mostly sites like Stylegala, a site for webdesigners which tend to have ridiculously big screens.

    On my 1920x1200 screen, I only browse at around 920px wide. Sometimes annoying to have to enlarge that.

  4. Ming
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    770 is the max width of a design that wouldn't get cut off by the scroll bar in firefox. 750/760 would give you a little whitespace on the sides which I personally like because it doesn't appear so claustrophobic.

    I assume the horizontal chrome on other browsers is similar?

  5. pcmt
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    750 - 760. Beware of the Mac.

  6. jalenack
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    And what is that supposed to mean?

  7. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    Good question jalenack. Anyway, sounds like 750 might be a solid number. Thanks to those that responded.

  8. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    OOps. Took a second. Don't hit the button twice is the lesson now learned.

  9. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I don't know much about this stuff, but using a 1280x1024 screen here -- I often wonder why I don't see more designs which are, for example, Left Column Nav + Middle Column Content = 750..... Right column shows bonus content -- Flikr pictures, Recent Posts, Adsense, mostly seen by 1024+ users. 800 users would get a (small*) horiz scrollbar, but they'd still see all your primary content.

    I guess it would have to be a flush-left site then.

    *Small horizontal scrollbar on a minority of users (@ 800), seems less sacrifice than huge empty borders on the majority (1024+).

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