Recently, at Gagetopia, Deane did some research to see what resolution most of his readership is using for the window opening on their browser. (He didn’t use total screen resolution because not everyone keeps their browser window maximized…especially true for us OS X users.) Deane found that 90% of the Gadgetopia readers were at 1024 x 768 or more. Thats a large number of people that aren’t using 800×600, which the width of this site was designed to accommodate. So my question is: Should I bother accommodating them any longer?
When I do my professional designs at work I always design for 800×600 without question. The reason for that is on the sites that my company runs, their clientele is not exactly technically savvy which means that probably have older computers running at 800 x 600. Of course, that rule of thumb doesn’t really follow for the viewers of Hell Yeah Bitch! .com. I assume most of you are members of the more computer-oriented crowd.
So what do you think? Should I play with the design a bit and give it some more room? If so, do you have any suggestions on what to do with the new space? Now, I’m not planning on doing anything soon, I’ve got a big night tomorrow of watching Monday Night Football and switching during the commercials to the Halloween episode of Moesha, but I was just playing with some ideas in my head and I figured I’d let you all in on my thoughts.