Optimal viewing experience is like the mythical Holy Grail of website design industry that everyone likes to have. But as the fate would have it, it keeps alluring and alluding us. To ensure better viewing experience, website designers all over the world are toiling hard and making experiments with the width and height to add a certain level of flexibility in the structure of the design. But what is unnerving them is the vast variety of viewing platforms. There are iPad, Mac, different resolutions, netbooks, mobile phones and so on and so forth. As of now, it is almost impossible to maintain a standard given the sheer variety of platforms. Here in this article, we are going to find out the pros and cons of different varieties of web layouts that you need know if you wish to do something in this sphere:
Absolute Layouts: – Absolute layout is certainly one of those few measurements that are not widely employed in web design sphere. It is mainly associated with the print where inches, cm, mm and picas are widely used for giving a proper structure to a design. It is quite popular with Word processing software such as Microsoft Word and if you are trying to make your website print friendly, you should try out this layout.
Relative Layout: – This type of layout is typically employed on the layout where the width is set at 100%. It can do fairly good job and can make a website appear good and impressive in both 24-inch widescreen desktop monitor and in small netbook screen. That simply means that, there will be fewer issues with screen resolutions.
Fixed Layout: – If you are trying to impose some kinds of restrictions on the layout of your website, fixed layout is the option for you. It is ideal for pixel-based measurements and it is usually employed in print industry. Therefore, if you choose this layout, your website will appear more or less similar in different platforms.
Elastic Layout: – This layout is highly flexible in its form and it allows content of website to grow or shrink in accordance with the requirements of the screen. As it has an exceptional ability to scale text, content etc, it has got rave reviews from different sources, more particularly from different designing community. Elastic layout is starkly different that of the fixed layout and thereby giving website designers an option to experiment with.
Liquid (or Fluid) Layout: – There is no better way to add dynamism to your website than using liquid layout. Here content finds it place automatically and this is what has given it utmost popularity. As it gets adjust with the width of a screen automatically, you should not discard it so easily.