Should I support ultra HD monitors?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by laserbeam273, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. laserbeam273 macrumors 6502

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    I'm making up a website which has the basic format of a blog, with a nice big picture in the background. I've got it so that the image resizes to fit horizontally (vertically it's big enough to fit any standard ratio), and stays still while you scroll down - I like it! :) Haha first time making my own website, so yeah.

    Anyway, the issue is that the load time is quite big with the background picture. I currently have it so it'd just about fit 2560X1600 natively, is this excessive? Should I downscale it to 1920X1200?

    Looking at google analytics, out of my incredible 24 unique visitors (just started the website Friday), 13 are on 1920X1080 so I figure I'd better support them and I've had two with 1920X1200 so I figure wouldn't be that hard to include them also, but I've yet to have any 2560X1440/1600.

    I'm hoping to get my website to the stage where it's got a lot of really nice, high quality media (HD films etc), so don't want to go cheap on the res.
     
  2. juanm macrumors 65816

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    As far as I'm concerned (I have 30"+23" ACD setup) I never look at a website with a maximized window on the 30". Actually, I tend to keep web browsing on my 23", and leave the 30" for work.
    Hope it helps.
     
  3. laserbeam273 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool, that actually does really help. Just doing 1920X1200 may be the way to go, should have a massive improvement for load times.
     
  4. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    Its hard for me to imagine the need for such a big background image, but you could in theory load a moderately sized image in the CSS and replace it with Javascript if the window size dictates it. (really window size is much more important than the size of the display as reported in analytics)
     
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  6. laserbeam273 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've downsized it and compressed it, so it's only around 250 KB, but I'm still having speed issues on slower computers. Think it's a coding issue, got a friend who knows some stuff so he should be able to help me with it.
     

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