Monday, July 18, 2005

Common Screen Resolutions

Do you ever think about screen resolution when developing your blog? Below are the most common screen resolutions, which is interesting reading for those of us who are creating web spaces for the "public."

1. 1024 x 768 54.02%
2. 800 x 600 24.66%
3. 1280 x 1024 14.1%
4. 1152 x 864 4%
5. 640 x 480 0.6%
6. 1600 x 1200 0.8%
7. 1152 x 870 0.1%

I just checked my stats, and they run pretty close to the above numbers, provided by onestat.com. The one that really always surprises me is that the #2 screen resolution is 800 x 600. Have you ever tried looking at your site in that resolution? It's not always pretty.

It's definitely not the end of the world if you never check on this, but it's sometimes a nice thing to do when you are playing around with templates.

There are a couple of ways that you can see what your site looks like at a different resolution. I believe that there are a couple of programs you can use. I usually end up changing my display settings on my monitor to check on things:

From a windows box:
> Open your control panel and select display
> Select the settigs tab
> Change the screen resolution to the resolution you'd like.
> Select ok.
> To change it back, do the same thing.

Interestingly, once I do this then the sites that drive me crazy with their teeny tiny font (ie., dooce) look great in 800 x 600. I think I'm getting old ;)

P.S. Can anyone tell that I am procrastinating? I mean, who needs to check screen resolutions in the middle of the day!

4 comments:

Clare Eats said...

I have a widescreen.. so I didnt like how skinny the standard blogger template is, that is why I changed my width.

But this is the stats on the resolutions that are visiting my blog

Perc. Resolution
1024x768 64 64.00%
1280x1024 23 23.00%
800x600 7 7.00%
1152x864 3 3.00%
Unknown 3 3.00%

Andrew said...

I have redesigned my site to look good in 1024x768 - its the standard. OK so it upsets the 800x600 brigade but as more people upgrade their monitors to flatscreens they will disappear.

drbiggles said...

AaAaaaaa! Man, I haven't seen 800x600 in probably 8 years or more. Just for giggles I popped my monitor down to that resolution, OUCH.
To answer your question directly, no I don't. But I don't have much content either. Maybe if I had enough stuff to fill up rows of sidebars I'd pay more attention and do the 1024x768 size.
Biggles

Anonymous said...

I alternate between 1024 x 768 (laptop) and 208 x 320 (Sony Ericsson P800 phone). The latter small size is usually fine as I use the Opera browser and it reformats the page (Small-screen Rendering).