Maximising Web Site Viewability - Resolution


This is my second article on maximising web site viewability. Analysing screen resolution data.

With so many different configurations internet users have their computers set up with, it can be difficult to decide how web sites

should be configured so that it is viewable in as many configurations as possible.

So in the last 6 months i have been logging the statistics from my web design site to achieve as accurate a result as possible to answer this question.

The results are interesting reading and in my next few articles i will be analysing this data.

resolution statistics :

1024 x 768 Screen Resolution - 52%
1280 x 1024 Screen Resolution - 24%
1600 x 1200 Screen Resolution - 11%
800 x 600 Screen Resolution - 12%
1152x 864 Screen Resolution - 7%

These statistics basically show that internet users are moving towards their highest resoultion, with the largest resoultion of 800 by 600 going by the wayside. But there is still 12% using this resolution.

I see many web designers who seem to think nobody is using 800 by 600. Ive done several polls and gathered statistics on resolution and it has hovered around 10% for quite some time. I suspect this is people who have old computers, as the most popular operating system is XP and its resolution default is near 1024 by 768. All they accomplish is lost visitors and possible sales. For a visitor there is nothing worse than viewing a website that looks awful in their particular resolution.

You can check your website in the different resolutions by right clicking your desktop and selecting Properties, then go into the settings tab to change your resolution.

I would suggest making sure your website is viewable equally in 800 by 600 and 1024 by 768. This basically covers all screen resoultions.

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