Joined: 13 Jun 06
17 Apr 07 11:25 pm
I've moved this post to the "web site stuff" branch.
Most web designers still design for 800x600 resolutions, although the number of people using this setting has dramatically decreased in the past few years. Now most people are using 1024x768.
Like Adrian said, it is possible to design "fluid" layouts that are based on percentages rather than fixed sizes. These will expand and contract depending on the resolution of your visitor's screen. If you're going to go for this method, I recommend learning how to set maximum widths with CSS, otherwise someone viewing your site with a really huge resolution will experience everything very, very spread out, and it might be hard to read.
If you want to design a fixed-width site for 800x600, make your content no wider than 780 pixels. You have to account for scrollbars on the side.
Hope that helps,