What's the ideal site width ?.

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Hi everyone....

What's the best/ideal width of a web site so it can be viewed on most if not all computers. I've looked around and found all different widths of websites,

I imagine that it depends on the size of the viewers monitor and was woundering if there is some html code that will resize the site accoring to the montor size when it's being looked at .
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  • Profile picture of the author locpicker
    There really is not one anymore I think. The browsers can resize most sites to still look decent. You can try this yourself by making your window different sizes and see what it looks like.

    Yes you can get code to do different things to the look of your website. The new devices use various methods to make websites look presentable.
  • Profile picture of the author Webster Logan
    So there is no ready made code or software for that?
  • Profile picture of the author locpicker
    There is all kinds of code available. Most of it is free in the form of snippets.

    Depends on what you want to do and how many patforms you want to support.
  • Profile picture of the author SDStudio
    Previously all are used 780px width and nowadays all are using 1000px width. Height is not a problem, that based on your content on home or inner page. My suggestion is 1000x650px for without scrolling website.

    Cheers,
    SD
  • Profile picture of the author actofrage
    when I create a website I usually go for a width of about 900-1000px, but like locpicker says it's not really relevant anymore, what with all these iPads and smartphones. These devices usually have pretty smart browsers which automatically downsize any content to fit on screen.

    Making your site's width flexible is pretty important for the different sized screens (10" netbooks for example).

    Don't worry too much about it though, I think if you stick to a maximum of about 900 or 1000px you'll be okay
  • Profile picture of the author locpicker
    You are right. Things have changed. There are still coding standards in effect but most people do not follow them anymore. W3C has a long list of things you can go by but if you are coding to sell you will soon find that the customer is who will tell you what they want. And the in thing now is full page width designs the will expand when new content is added.

    If you have a lot of content 650px is not very much room.
  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    These days you can use % so that the content scales to the size of the persons screen.
  • Profile picture of the author Oilfield Salesman
    I have mine set at a fixed width of 1100... But It all depends
  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    980-1000 pixels...the standard width of 80% of websites I guess since most people now use resolution of 1024px width and higher...
  • Profile picture of the author kjhosein
    Alan - here's what I did when I was redesigning my site and asked the same question:

    I jumped into my Google Analytics stats and looked at the resolutions my viewers were already using. Even though there were still people using screens that were only 600-640px wide, it was a very small percentage, so I decided it was ok not to support them. Essentially you can't please everyone.

    I wouldn't go down the road of dynamically resizing based on user agent testing, because remember that a viewer can resize their browser to be much smaller than their full monitor resolution actually is, and that code will become a bit of a headache to maintain.

    HTH!
  • Profile picture of the author alan9187
    Thankx for the feedback ALL,

    Buy the looks of it i will stick to the 900 to 1000. I do not wory about hight as all my sites are expandable as content is aded by the user who can put as much or as little on one page as they choose.
  • Profile picture of the author alan9187
    By the way,

    I don't use Wordpress, but i was looking at doing some templates , do's hight and width matter when designing for wordpress, looking at some wordpress templates it seems there is no restictions.
  • Profile picture of the author donhx
    As others have said, it has to do with the screen resolution of the "average" user. You don't want to have anyone scroll sideways. I keep all of my sites at 960 pixels wide max for that reason.

    Length makes a small difference, but you should have some concerns about that. Some people have pages so long they scroll all the way down to China. My view is that they should be no more than 8-10 printed pages. Two reasons for that: people should not have to scroll forever, it is better to link. Also, shorter pages generally load faster, and that's always a good thing.
  • Profile picture of the author SEOJJ
    I make all my sites 900 pixels wide, some people still use 1024 for their monitors so I try to keep it below that.
  • Profile picture of the author jack jastin
    Originally Posted by alan9187 View Post

    Hi everyone....

    What's the best/ideal width of a web site so it can be viewed on most if not all computers. I've looked around and found all different widths of websites,

    I imagine that it depends on the size of the viewers monitor and was woundering if there is some html code that will resize the site accoring to the montor size when it's being looked at .

    There is not any hard and fast rule for size limit to design any website but make sure it should not be extending the size without any reason.
  • Profile picture of the author Webster Logan
    So softwares/ready made codes are different for each browser?
  • Profile picture of the author Deema
    The current standard website width is 960px. A few years ago it was recommended to not exceed 790px.
  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    I find it always pays to look at your site with as many browsers as you have available. Additionally, it's a good idea to check your sites on another computer as well.

    Although IE is still popular, Firefox and Chrome are widely used, and certain aspects of your site may look a little different from browser to browser, i.e. if there's something wrong within your formatting.
  • Profile picture of the author gmscreative
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  • Profile picture of the author yourmobisite
    Hello.. I think the width of web site is depends on it design and and you can adjust it as your requirement.

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