How Wide Should My Web Pages Be?

Web sites have gotten wider over the years. Today, a fixed width of 950 pixels is recommended — this to accommodate a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, which has become fairly standard for most web users.

A fixed width of 950 pixels allows for some empty space on both sides of the web page, allowing for the appearance of scroll bars, when necessary.

If you look at the web sites from some major players like cnn.com and yahoo.com, you will see that a liquid layout (where the web site fills the entire screen right to left) is rarely used any more.

Also a width of 950 allows enough room for several navigation links horizontally across the top, as well as sidebars both left and right, if desired.

Before you make a decision on how wide you would like the pages of your web site to be, take some time to look at other major web site to see how they display — you may be surprised at what you see!

See more information about fixed width vs. liquid layout options.

About Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill is a Chicago freelance website designer, doing business since 1999. Specializing in website design for small- to mid- sized businesses and individuals, Christopher Merrill works closely with his clients to provide high-quality website design at an affordable price. Mr. Merrill has designed over 200 websites for his clients in Chicago and nationwide during the past decade. Christopher Merrill prides himself on providing an honest, hands-on approach with each individual client, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Turnaround and response time are kept to a strict minimum, and Christopher Merrill is always ready to respond to all of your questions, whether you are looking for a Web design solution, or working closely with him to update your already-existing site.
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