It seems like an age ago now since we went through the transition of designing websites for 640×400 to 800×600. For the last couple of years we’ve been in the transition from 800×600 to 1024×768.

To explain to those that don’t quite understand what I’m talking about, I’ll explain a little more. In recent times most web designers have been designing websites for computers with a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.The reason for this was that if you designed your website for a higher resolution, you were likely to make the viewing and usability of your website quite difficult for users with a resolution of 800 x 600 (which was the standard).

With the advent of new more powerful graphics cards, huge resolutions has become the standard when purchasing a new PC or laptop. It would be rare to find a modern PC with a resolution less than 1024 x 768 nowadays. Nowadays statistics of people using 800×600 range from as little as 12% to 20%. For me personally, that’s a statistic that is too high to ignore these users.

Recently we’ve also had an upsurge in people using these so called Eee PC‘s when on the road. The majority of these in the 7″ size range have a resolution of 800 pixels or less and what are these systems built for? Using the web.

Unless a client specifically requests that their site is built for a higher resolution, I’d recommend using a resolution of 800 pixel width.

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