Advantages And Disadvantages Of Layouts

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According to Eccher (2015, p. 169), before a designer begins to build a website, he/she must understand the infrastructure of a web page. As affirmed, a good website is aesthetically pleasing, is usable, and is functional. Web designers seek to have a mortised website. Having a good layout where content is easy to find and to follow achieves the usability aspect of web design. To achieve functionality and aesthetics, one needs good content layout. There exist two types of website design layouts: fixed layout and fluid layout. There are advantages and disadvantages to using one type of layout over another. There also differences between the two types of layouts. Below is a discussion on the differences between the two and the advantages and disadvantages of both. Differences A fixed website layout has fixed width, and the components inside it have either percentage (fixed) widths where the container element is set to not…show more content…
Disadvantages Numerous disadvantages exist for the designer to use either layout. Below are some of the disadvantages of using a fixed layout, followed by the advantages of using a liquid layout. Fixed layout. Fixed layout create excessive white space for users with larger screen resolutions, thus upsetting overall balance of the page; smaller screen resolutions may require a horizontal scroll bar, depending the fixed layout’s width. Also, seamless textures, patterns and images are needed in order to accommodate screens with larger resolutions. All of this negatively impacts the website’s usability (Knight, 2009). Fixed layouts cause horizontal scrolling in smaller browser windows; it can also result in large amounts of whitespace in larger monitors, thereby necessitating the need to scroll vertically. Finally, fixed layouts do not respond well to customer making changes toward larger font sizes and can compromise the overall layout (Kyrnin,

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