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The best layout style today

Posted on 2011-03-14
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What is currently the best standard layout?

I started back around 2001 with a target layout made for 800 x 600,
and the page width would "stretch" to accomodate different monitors.

Then in 2008, I made the target layout for 1200 x 800,
with a fixed 870 pixel page width.

Now with these really wide monitors today, I definately need a fixed width layout.

But what is the best width for a page layout today?
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1024 x 768 pixels will cover the most monitors. 98.9% of monitors are that resolution or higher:

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_display.asp

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I refer to this site http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=17 for these questions.
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I usually refer to sites which have a financial stake in reaching the most people possible... such as YouTube, FaceBook, Ebay, etc.

I have generally found that you don't want to use a width any larger than about 980px.  You can also use some new CSS3 media queries and use different style for different devices and resolutions... but that requires some extra work as you have to design, style, and test your site at different resolutoins.
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by:nanharbison
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I set a maximum width, and let the page be liquid up to a point, beyond which the design would be broken by a very wide monitor.
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by:MikeMCSD
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thanks all . .
yeah, it look like the average page width is around  950px.
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