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Screen resolution statistics – Sep 07

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday September 23, 2007 )

Should you still create sites taking into consideration users running 800×600 screen resolution? It’s certainly looking as though 800×600 is continuing to lose popularity rapidly. Here’s a list of the top ten monitor resolutions based on visitors to Taming the Beast for the past 7 days, compared to some historical statistics from the site.

The following figures are based on approximately 60,000 visitors

1 – 44.55% – 1024×768
2 – 13.98% – 1280×1024
3 – 12.43% – 1280×800
4 – 7.31% – 800×600
5 – 4.76% – 1440×900
6 – 3.47% – 1152×864
7 – 2.71% – 1680×1050
8 – 1.72% – 1280×768
9 – 0.97% – 1920×1200
10 – 0.81% – 1280×960

… followed by 130 other odd resolution combinations, mostly above 800×600.

There’s been a substantial drop in users running 800×600 in just two months and approximately 43% reduction since September last year. In early July 2007, these users comprised 8.63% of total traffic; in late January 2007, 800×600 resolution was at 10.88% of users, in September 2006, it was around 12.76%.

What’s pushing much of the rapid shift among users:

a) Default settings on new computer systems at 1024×768

b) An increasing number of very popular sites using a 1024×768 base layout. Users are being forced to bump up resolutions, or face rather annoying horizontal scrolling. I gave up 800×600 in July for that reason.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that 800×600 will be down around the 5% mark by the end of 2007/early 2008. If trying to design a site that’s viewable in multiple resolutions is driving you nuts; opt for a 1024 x 768 minimum.

For bloggers using WordPress, there’s a stack of interesting 4 column layouts now available that will allow you to take advantage of the extra screen space – I’m noticing increasing numbers of bloggers using 4 column layouts in recent times.


8 comments for Screen resolution statistics – Sep 07
  1. Thank you for this very useful info.
    I feel this is important for many to know, and helps webmasters to give a better experience to readers.

    Comment by Ern — September 24, 2007 @ 5:26 am

  2. I’ve noticed this trend myself over a number of websites. The interesting question though is what size browser windows do most visitors use?

    I never browse with the window maximised, and I haven’t observed anybody else do it either.
    So it can’t be assumed that screen size equates to the browser window size of the viewer.
    How then to work out the best browser width to target? There may be some correlation between screen size and browser window size (browser window will be less than or equal to the maximum screen size)

    Comment by Richard Powell — September 26, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

  3. Hi Richard, most people I observe (which isn’t all that many these days I admit compared to when I was training folks in a classroom environment) run a maximized window.

    Comment by Michael Bloch — September 27, 2007 @ 4:45 am

  4. I am a network engineer, I never see any of the users in any of our business networks use a non-maximised browser window. Also on a personal perspective, I do not know of anybody who has ever browsed with a window not maximised.

    Comment by Tawney — October 16, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

  5. In my experience, most of the designer(mac user) they are not browse with the window maximised. It is because mac using larger screen and Safari(browser on mac) did not maximised like IE in windows, the behaviour is different. For programming the site sometimes you need to make the designer happy. Because sometimes the user aren’t only designer, they may be art director or cooperation image director. So the simplest way is write script to make it be the size you want.

    Comment by Benson — October 23, 2007 @ 4:47 am

  6. Thanks for your input Benson and Tawney!

    Comment by Michael Bloch — October 23, 2007 @ 5:44 am

  7. Thank you for the very useful information that you provide. New pages under design at this site required careful consideration of screen resolution popularity.

    Comment by Bill Murphy — November 20, 2007 @ 11:08 am

  8. Thank you very much for this statistics.
    I googled “web programming screen resolution”, and your page turned up first with excactly the information, I needed. Perfect :-)

    Comment by Joan — January 14, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

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