When coming up with a plan to implement into a new site, how do you determine what would be best.
1. A site that is about 700 px wide, centered.
2. A site that is left aligned, but stops about 700px into the page.
3. A site that isn't fluid, but spans across the entire browser window.
4. A site that IS fluid and spans across the entire window.
Personally, I have noticed that I prefer more of the centered 700px version. That is because I feel like I usually don't have enough information that would require me to have to fill up the whole right hand screen. I guess the actual size (content) of the site determines this, huh?
I usually use 770 pixels. I used to center the main table (like Yahoo) but I quit. I know put everything over to the left (like CNN) and sometimes try to create a background that helps to cut off the right - maybe give it some other color.
Personally, I do not mind either way - whether that fill up the my entire 1280X1024 screen or not.
If I am designing a website for someone - I actually walk them thru to tell me what they have their display settings at. I then ask them who they think will be looking at their site the most. I explain to them the different options & most want the 770 pixel setting. That way - they know how it is going to look on most resolutions.