Sounds like a realy basic question but one that I always disregard when starting a new site. I have noticed that when I view some of my sites on 800 x 600 resolutions (others PC’s), things are missing on the screen as it is too small.
When I start out my project does this mean that I need to start out in photoshop with the design process with a project that is merely 800px wide?
How does this explain then the sites I have seen that are like 1600px wide? Does this mean that only half of the site will be viewable in these resolutions?
How can I get around this so that it looks good in all browsers?
Any help, links or tutorials would be greatly appreciated.
If you want a fixed width layout, then yes, you need to adapt your website to a screen resolution.
You may want to make it for 800×600, or, as a lot of designers now, 1024×768 (say 960px width to avoid problems with the scrollbar) as it is the most commonly used resolution now : w3c browser display statistics.
You can also build your website with a "liquid design" which size will automatically adapt to any resolution or browser window size.