HLTc - 6:58 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
Disclaimer: This topic is only for Fixed-Width site discussions. Not for those who have a 100% flexible width design.
According to stats all over the web, more than 85% of users are now on 1280 resolution or higher. Among that 85% nearly 60% are 1366 or higher.
I believe that means its time to increase our fixed-width minimum to at least 1280.
I realize there are still 15% using lower resolutions. But that number is just going to continue getting smaller and smaller in the coming months. 10%. 8%. 5. When you adjust your site, you adjust it looking forward - 5 years from now when 2% of people are below 1024, will your site still be tiny?
Just like when 800x600 went the way of the dinosaur, the stragglers will need to deal with the inconvenience. Just like the 800x600'ers they can scroll left and right, and they'll still be able to see all the center content just fine. They'll miss out on sidebars. Same exact thing that happened last time.
The additional real estate will do volumes for my site's design. I would kill for more width, for many reasons. You fit more on the page, closer to the top, and the psychology of feeling "cramped" decreases for the user.
More importantly, the 85% on high resolutions wont have to use a microscope to view your site anymore. It will look like it "should" on their computers.
Is it time to increase our fixed-width sites to 1280?
If not, why not?