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Old 08-05-2011, 07:26 PM   #1
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I'm just wondering if anyone had any statistics or experience with optimum website width. I know years ago 800px was the safe standard and then around 960px more recently. With larger screens becoming ever popular (obviously mobile devices excluded) would a website of 1020px in width be user friendly for the majority or is this still too wide?
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:53 AM   #2
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i still prefer a centred 960px width i dont think its time yet to make larger as a norm
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Going larger than about 960px also can make the text hard to read (there's a reason newspapers and magazine print their text in columns)
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:51 AM   #4
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Although some desktop and laptop screens are getting nice and big there is always smaller laptops, netbooks, tablets etc to consider as well. Although I've not ventured into it yet I've heard that this is very good; http://cssgrid.net/
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:03 AM   #5
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My grid is currently 1000px wide so time to reduce everything by 4%. I like the idea of the fluid 1140px but I think for this website I'l play it safe and stick with 960px.

One interesting stat I came across is that only 1% more people use Safari than IE6... I thought what with all macs, ipads and iphones being sold with Safari it would be much more widely used.
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:09 AM   #6
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One interesting stat I came across is that only 1% more people use Safari than IE6... I thought what with all macs, ipads and iphones being sold with Safari it would be much more widely used.
Safari is much more widely used than IE6 by visitors to our sites. Where did you get that stat?
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:50 AM   #7
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http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

That's what I would have thought -perhaps I'm misunderstanding their stats?
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Ah right, that shows IE as a whole. So 6, 7, 8 & 9 would go in to make up that stat. Never sure what to believe with browser stats anyway. This shows a different picture again; http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:16 AM   #9
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If you click on the header it shows a break down of each version. IE6 has 2.3% and Safari5 3.5% What I find surprising is the difference in % of the top 3 browsers between the two reports with one saying Firefox is 42.2% and another saying 26%... I guess the important thing is to look at your own website stats and mine are always pretty evenly divided between Firefox, IE and safari with Chrome, Opera etc... being relatively insignificant. I've never even used Chrome as still using OS10.4 though imagine it renders pretty well unlike IE6 & 7 which I'm hoping will disappear very soon!
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I guess the important thing is to look at your own website stats
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I've never even used Chrome as still using OS10.4 though imagine it renders pretty well
It uses the same rendering engine (webkit) as Safari so there shouldn't be much difference other than the specifically Mac stuff like the appearance of form buttons.
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