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What's the optimal horizontal value for the site

1280 vs. 1024

4:39 am on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I've been having this dilemma of whether to optimize my site for 1280 or 1024 px. (horizontal width).
I didn't find a reliable statistics about monitors's sizes and resolutions. It's all very approx.
I'm thinking that probably 1024 is better because of 2 reasons:
My potential customers live in poorer countries (3rd world, former USSR)where 15'' and 17'' monitors are still the most common ones and the second reason is that overall, if you have to choose between 2 "evils"...I think it's better to have a 1024 px optimized site on 1280 screen (and see some empty space on the sides), than to get a horizontal scroll bar on 1024 monitors if the site were to be optimized for 1280.
Your opinion?
5:41 am on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)


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your statistics should be based on your analytics.
and think of not just 15" monitors but most laptop screens as well.
make sure that you account for browser "chrome" and the possibility of a vertical scrollbar, which means the displayable area is actually smaller than 1024 - maybe 1000 px, plus or minus...
9:40 am on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Do users tend to maximise their browser windows on larger screens? Is there any research on this?
9:48 am on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Personally, on a 1600 display I take the opportunity to run two windows side by side - so back to 800px again. Those sites that think they are progressive because they are wider are very irritating.

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