Website Optimisation & Design: Which Screen Resolution to Design
Website Optimisation & Design: Which Screen Resolution to
It is at times a common mistake for web designers,
especially beginners, to create a website which is not optimised
for various screen resolutions. With over 40 different screen resolutions,
it is extremely important to optimise your web pages for the most
popular screen resolutions so that your web pages can be viewed
by a greater number of online visitors.
Here are some basic facts to consider when designing for
- 800x600 is the minimum resolution offered on most PCs and notebooks.
800x600 is also the preferred viewing option for 14% of internet
- The most popular resolutions used by approximately 60% of online
users is 1024 x 768, followed by 1280x1024 and other resolutions,
with 26% of internet users.
Designing for a wide spectrum of resolutions is therefore
essential. But how is this achieved?
The process of designing for all resolutions is achieved through
a “lowest-to-highest” resolution technique. Which ever
image editing or web building application you are using, it is important
to set your working area or table width to a resolution within 800
A suitable area of 770 x 560 is recommended for best viewing in
a web browser on a 800 x 600 screen resolution. This recommended
area will not only alleviate horizontal page scrolling but will
keep your pages user friendly and easy to read.
Designing web pages for all resolutions is especially useful for
attracting and keeping visitors for a longer period of time on your
site. Easy to use and read websites are always more likely to attract
customers. A poorly designed and structured website with irritable
horizontal scrolling will only drive away visitors and potential
About the Author
Ilan Touri is a search
engine optimisation specialist and website designer working for
SEO Sydney. He has worked on many projects and offers website optimisation
services and website design to companies in Australia.