Optimal Screen Resolution for Web Design
Screen resolutions have changed a lot over the past 8 years. Computer monitors have migrated to offer users much smaller resolution choices. The days of 640 x 480 have long since past.
This brings up a good question for web developers. “What should the average width of a website be?” Of course there are other parameters to consider such as the style of design the client chooses. Fluid website design, like those that expand 100% of the users browser regardless of their screen resolution, is one way to avoid having to worry about designing for the “average” screen resolution.
I analyzed 6 of our clients web statistics and came up with the following screen resolution statistics:
Websites Analyzed: 6
Total Visits: 185,637
Date Range: January, 2008 – May, 2008
Here are some statistics from w3schools.com.
As the use of laptops and wide screen desktop monitors become more prevalent, we will start to see these trends continue to change.
|1024 x 768||82,351||44.36%|
|1280 x 1024||29,989||16.51%|
|1280 x 800||28,790||15.51%|
|800 x 600||10,858||5.85%|
|1440 x 900||10,242||5.52%|
As the use of laptops and wide screen desktop monitors increases, we must continue to keep an eye on how users are viewing the websites we develop.
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Hi, Are there more recent statistics for this? It'd be interesting to see how the numbers evolved over the last 6 months.
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I think it's best to design a web site which adjusts to fit the user's resolution. I hate it when I have to scroll back and forth across a page to read each line of text. I still use 640x480, anything higher makes my eyes hurt. Sometimes I see people using small monitors and very high screen resolutions, I don't know how they can do it without major headaches...