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    I'm creating a new website and would like to know what is the best page width to use when it comes to designing a Poker Bonuses type page. I want to fill up the maximum page space ....

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    Here's some stats on screen sizes from my logs which may help you decide:

    42.48% Unknown
    27.05% 1280x1024
    18.04% 1024x768
    4.71% 1600x1200
    3.21% 640x480
    2.81% 800x600
    1.70% 1152x864

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    I would say the best thing to do is to make it resizeable up until a certain width...

    For example, you don't want someone who is using a 22" monitor to have the whole page width taken up...

    Just a suggestion..

    Pages less wide are also easier to read.
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    it's pretty clear, use Simmos stats as a guide and make the page an unknown size....LOl

    Ok sorry....just couldn't resist....

    I think a lot of it depends on what you feel comfortable with on the template that you will be using....

    As you start to lay it out try a few differnt widths and you will be able to better decide.

    You can try a few test pages and let a few of your friends...or some of your peers here take a look and give feedback to help in the decision as well.

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    Certainly the screen size maximum width should not be taken as a guideline. Many people surf with muultiple browsers and with other open applications.

    The defacto standard 800px width lasted for a long time - but over the last 2-3 years I've seen wider sites coming online and I like them.

    I 've started building pages on my main site for a 980px width - which allows more information to be displayed "above the fold" but still sits comfortably in a browser without hogging the whole screen.

    It's a case of trying different widths until you are comfortable with what you see.

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    I would avoid trying to go over 800px but you have a few dilemmas. Who do you want to target ultimately? Larger sites become tougher to view on a mobile device. Larger sites might not show up well on netbooks which are booming. Then again someone with a 22" monitor might be someone worth converting as a poker player instead of the mobile phone viewer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    it's pretty clear, use Simmos stats as a guide and make the page an unknown size....LOl
    LOL. I thought about taking those out but then the percentages would have been skewed At least it demonstrates that low screen res (800 and under) are on the way out.

    I think a liquid width is ideal if you can get it right but it's tricky and best used with text-heavy pages else it can look odd. But that is definitey gonna be the best use of screen width IMO as everyone sees everything.

    One note on working with fixed widths: develop and test in Firefox as pixel rendering with borders and padding is more fussy in FF than in IE and if it aligns in FF, it is more likely to align in IE whereas the other way round can cause problems.

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    Good point Simmo, and also don't forget Safari.

    I have seen certain elements look good in both but be way off in Safari.

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    1024 I reckon, I accidently did design HUGE and then realised half my page was my logo

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    I've been trying out the 1000px width as well as the 1100 width pages and I like them. It's effectively placing more information above the fold.

    Also, I like to think about target demographics. I've to ask myself about the types of players I'm trying to reach, and what configurations do they have. In the live dealer niche or flash games with no download or installation you have to concentrate on the higher bandwidth users.

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