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Is it time for 1280px layout?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Dinh Thanh, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Dinh Thanh

    Dinh Thanh Well-Known Member

    In recent years, all fixed layout was made for 1024px.
    Today I view my Analytics and saw that 1366 is 25%, next 1280 is 16% (total) then 1024 is 13%.

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    So I wonder this is a time to switch fixed layout to 1280?
    What do you think? How about your site?
     
  2. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    My largest site (100k pageviews a day) is targeted toward teens-low twenties (video game site) and this is my results

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  3. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I think the larger the res the less likely it is for people to maximize their browser window. Just speculating. If everyone was running 1920x1080 that doesn't mean your website should be 1920 pixels wide.
     
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  4. Hyperion

    Hyperion Active Member

    Yeah, speaking as someone using 1920x1080, I do not often maximize windows, as I find that uncomfortable. Exceptions include if I am using my word processor (in which case I have it set to display two pages side by side) and when watching a movie.
     
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  5. akia

    akia Well-Known Member

    Screen resolution is a bit deceiving now that people have flat screens, instead of CRTs. I can't remember what my resolution is as I'm not on my computer at the moment but it's really high, but I've set the dpi settings on windows so that the things on the screen are about the same size as they were when my resolution was set to 1024x768, otherwise things are too small on the screen.
     
  6. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    I'm more inclined to shift towards the one size fits all, new responsive layout design type. I use one on a small blog of mine that I just started, and I have to say... they rock. No more designing for multiple screen sizes, instead let the layout change based on specific statements you code into it for the browser width.

    Example: http://demo.gavick.com/index.php?month=May&year=2012

    Widen and narrow your browser. Columns to menu, image, the lot... all fluid, yet fixed as well when you choose, ie. fixed width columns max-width and so forth.
     
  7. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

  8. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

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  9. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

  10. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Hm. Interesting thread... (y)

    CODForums gained the same kind of stats you do, OP...

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  11. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    Instead of chasing after a minimum resolution that works for all, I think there must be a better solution. Responsive design looks promising. There is a recent thread by Arty who shows a design that works for all devices.
    I suspect the mobile style that Kier mentioned that will come with 1.2 would be something modern and of this "responsive" genre.
     
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  12. Dinh Thanh

    Dinh Thanh Well-Known Member

    I don't like flexible & responsive design. I want to fix everything.
    Android layout is very flexible, can display all many different resolutions but almost software are useless. iOS have fixed resolution and I love them. Developers also love them. Almost softwares have very nice UI.
     
  13. SilverCircle

    SilverCircle Well-Known Member

    I'm sure, lots of iPhone5 users will absolutely *love* how older apps look on the now higher resolution screen :)

    Android apps that do not scale nicely to multiple resolutions are just badly implemented.

    Fact: fixed resolution layouts are bad and a thing of the past (with a few exceptions, maybe). No longer necessary, because web developers have enough tools and technologies to implement flexible designs. Oh, and laziness, because fixed-width designs are easier to implement, isn't a valid excuse either.
     
  14. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    You can still "fix" responsive designs for the desktop, yet allow them to motion responsively on tablet and phone, without having to design multiple templates. You do it all from the one design, you simply use "if" principles based on the type of product accessing the style.

    If tablet is accessing, then it uses x code. If desktop, it uses y code from the one template. If the code fits both, you leave it alone. Responsive is IMHO, the future design versus this multiple styling of layouts for different devices.
     
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  15. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I think vB 5 is good at displaying threads on any size screen.
    I played around with the window size and was surprised how well it looked on any size.
     
  16. BlackJacket

    BlackJacket Well-Known Member

  17. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Nooooo......?
     
  18. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    Another thing I haven't seen mentioned is putting two browser windows side-by-side on a 1920x1080 monitor. Our fixed width size is 990px (and I don't see that increasing), which allows you to put two windows side-by-side without lose of content due to scroll bars.

    Simply putting "fact" in front of something doesn't actually make it a fact. ;)
     
  19. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    I wouldnt limit yourself to a fixed resolution at all anymore. Take a look at twitter bootstrap as an example of a good responsive layout. With your mouse, resize the window and you'll see it resize the content accordingly - works very well and even collapses navigation bars for mobile devices.

    I'm hoping to do a responsive grid based layout for XF on an upcoming project :)
     
  20. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/responsive-layout-work-in-progress.34680/
     
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