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Old 09-04-2003, 07:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to design a web site and know very little about it. I want to use a composite of images for the main page, but am having trouble deciding what size to make it. 640 x 480 works okay on small monitors but is tiny on anything bigger. What is a good overall compromise? What is everybody else using?

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Old 09-04-2003, 08:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Mark, at one time I thought I wanted to be a web site guy; until I dealt with my first client! What a nightmare! But that's a different story for another day.

When I do my web sites I design them to fit in a browser displayed on a screen running at 800 x 600. To do this, I set everything inside a main table sized at 750 x 475. That leaves enough space on the sides to allow for the default scrollbar gap on the right of the screen and enough space top and bottom for the default configurations of buttons bars and status bars.

You have to keep in mind that while there are a lot of people running at 1024 x 768 or higher, there is at least an equal amount of people running at 800 x 600 or lower, either due to old computers or bad eyes!

My newest Vortex Imaging site (whose layout was actually designed by a different company) is an exception to my rule and is setup for a 1024 x 786 screen although (to my surprise) it scales down to 800 x 600 fairly well.

Now, that being said, I hope you're not really planning on using a huge picture on your first page? Even with highspeed connections I wouldn't make your picture any bigger than 30K in size if you can at all help it! I make my viewable shots a fair size so people can see them decently. But I try to make the pages themselves load fairly quickly so people don't have to wait to get around the site.

I hope that helps. Oh one other thing. I get a lot of complaints from people about NOT having a BACK button in the page design. It seems that people forget there is a back button on the browser that works just fine! But you might want to think about including such a thing anyways.

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Old 09-04-2003, 08:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It depends on how many things do you want to put on it. I may use 600*450.
I always use this or this kind of size, its big enough, and not too big.
But I could help you if you think. Im looking for models or photographers who need a website for free. Im a Hungarian webdesigner, and Im out of business now. I dont have much to do and Im boring. I always like to upgrade my skills and I would like to do some exciting thing. I would like to know how could I build a site for a model/photographer with or without flash.
So if you think contact me.

And to answer your question I think 600*450 is the best. Visit www.fkbt.hu, a website of a hungarian driving school. Im sure you wont understand everything, but just take a look at the structure. The most important things are in the front of your eyes, but you can discover other things easily. This page is 700*500 if I remember right.
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Old 09-04-2003, 04:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well it looks like it's back to the drawing board for me! The composite I was planning to use is about 308kb. Your right it would take forever to load. I should be able to reduce file size considerably and still use it. The thing is, this being a photography site. I want it to have decently sized pictures. I didn't think of putting images inside of tables either. I told you I was a beginner. I played around with style sheets, but couldn't figure out how to put images into them either. Thanks for your help and wish me luck.

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Dude,

I am just in the process of redoing mine also.

take a peek here

My new website
the standard is now to build your site for 800x600 browsers.

That means you can get away with up to 760 pixels side to side and really only 440 pixels tall, however I dont worry too much about the height.

What I did was simple, I hope it works as Its going to take me forever to finish it....... Oh I sometimes hate the web....

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Old 09-05-2003, 08:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help and the offer. But I'm really doing this as a learning exercise. I'm sure I'll have numerous problems, but in the end I'll work them out.
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Old 09-05-2003, 08:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That's a nice looking home page. I know what you mean about it taking forever! Every time I start to play a little, life happens and I have to get back to the real world. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]



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Then Good luck and dont be afraid asking if you have a question.
And I have to keep on searching.
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The site is very simple and therefore thats very nice. I dont like too much designed sites. I always use only 3 or 4 colors. If I allowed off course, it depends on the costumer.
By the way I do waiting for those close up ones. I have a fuji s602 and Im learning to use it now. The super macro is my fave. I did some interesting pics some weeks ago. It vas very exciting.




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