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Benefits of Bigger Layout
1) More room to display content and hence better user interface.
2) More AdSpace & hence Ad Revenue.
1) Approximately 10% to 25% unhappy end users who are still using 800x600.
2) Very limited space for designing and organizing 200+ categories.
My Question is, if you were working on making a directory type site in specific category, would you design it for 800x600 or 1024x768, and most importantly, why?
My only & main reasons to design the site for 800x600 are as
Part of me is saying that I should design sites for bigger screen resolutions when above companies does that too. As I am pretty sure that they have good size budget in just figuring out what would be best site layout & design for their audience.
What is your take on this one?
Thanks for the help.
I agree totally with tedster... I actually enjoy all these blog sites that are built to sub-800px widths when I'm viewing them on my 1280x854 Powerbook... the beauty of negative space is often overlooked by people who don't know how to design.
Sites can definitely look good at full width, but my personal view (pun intended) is that you should still be designing for 800 screens at all times (which as we always point out here means NOT designing at 800px, but rather more like 760px to account for browser chrome). A site too small on 1024+ is not of any consequence, and some people enjoy it more... a site too big on 800 is a nuisance and can cause you to lose significant traffic in that market.
Just make the negative space pretty.
Just make the negative space pretty
Ah, yes. You can control the color, extend the site's background/chrome to fill the screen, center the page, use a liquid layout with a maximum width (there is an IE work-around using CSS expressions) and so on.