Long back, websites were optimized for 1024×760 displays when the screen resolutions weren’t as good as it is these days. Then with larger screens both for desktops and laptops, that was no longer an issue and so there are many websites that use much more wider layout. But this holiday season (check the popular laptops sold on Amazon) and Microsoft’s recent quarter results confirmed that Netbooks are going to stay and people will use it to do a lot of casual web surfing. And most of these netbooks have only 1024×760 resolution. It may be possible to increase the dots per inch and provider higher resolution, but the physical size of these sub-notebooks or mini-notebooks or netbooks or whatever you call it, is not going to make it easy for the eye to squeeze in higher resolutions. So, may be it’s time to start optimizing the websites for 1024×760 resolution again.
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If you are like me, a programmer, and not an artistic web-designer, chances are your color sense when it comes to designing web pages is, put it mildly, not as good. If you work for a large corporation or a big design firm, then you can probably afford to have two different people with two different job roles. But otherwise, you are pretty much stuck with a single person doing both, coding and ui design of the web page. Ofcourse, the goal of this article is not to indicate that web designers are not necessary and programmers can do everything. It all depends on the potential for the product or website. If you know it can generate a lot of revenue, there is no need to skimp on the professional resources with unique skills.
Anyway, so one tool I found recently which I find very useful is Colorzilla. It’s an add-on to Firefox. Once you install it, it creates a little color-picker icon in the left-hand side of the status bar. Now, when you are in any webpage, you can click on the color-picker and as you move your cursor over the webpage, you will be able to see the color codes for the background of the region currently pointed by the mouse. This is a great tool to get color codes from some of the well designed websites.
Ofcourse, this only helps you pick the individual colors. You need to hone your skills or hire professional to still get the overall theme of your webpage. There is no “theme picker”, so to speak (unless you steal the entire design of a webpage, which is the last thing you should be doing).