Size Matters – For Websites

website designers

website designersDesigning a website is different from designing a print ad media. With the latter, the final design is universal, and how people see it is the same. In contrast, in website design, you never know how the website visitors view it, for example the kind of computer, operating system and browser they will be using, and their screen resolution.

Each of these variables affects how, and what content the user sees on a website. This is why when finalizing your site, you must consider a few important factors. Perth-based Digitise My Business or DMB notes that these are priorities when designing a website so it users can see it how it was designed, no matter what platform people view it in – PC, mobile, and their combinations.

These factors are:

1. Pixels

A pixel stands for ‘picture element’, the smallest unit in a computer image.

The pixel resolution of monitors nowadays features at least 1024 x 768, but HD displays may feature at least 4000 x 2000. In this notation, a 1024 x 768 resolution means that the screen displays 1024 pixels across, and 768 pixels tall. Websites use resolution in their calculations so content can fit into the window without the user having the need to scroll horizontally or vertically. This is important for the less work the user has to do to read the site, the more interested they will be.

Another thing about pixels is that you do not use the entire resolution all the time. In the above example, you can only 1000 of the 1024, because the browser frame and scroll bar use up a few of them.

2. Website Width

Between the website width and height, the former is a more important issue to deal with since users do not like to scroll horizontally to view the entire site.

3. Fluid Layouts

Given this background, sometimes web designing services consider making the site using a fluid layout. This means that it can scale to match different browser window sizes. From a practical standpoint, this is not always a good idea because this entails working on every object so that they all scale. This also implies that in high resolutions, the browser window will display a site so wide, making it difficult to read the site’s content.

Website designers and SEO specialists often dedicate their time in designing the content on a website, but this matters little if the content is unreadable because of poor display. This makes it a necessity to improve the display resolution of a website first before designing its content.

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