August 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm #53638
When looking at my website from my own browser, I like to look at it zoomed out. Is there a way I can keep the website zoomed out so when you view the website you will see it the way I like it to be seen without having to manually do it yourself?
Thanks in advance for any help. This forum has been great!
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Gary JonesModeratorAugust 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm #54169
Can someone else verify Garyl? I don't agree with his latter point so it's making me question his first one.
August 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm #54174
I fully agree with GaryJ.
Please leave MY browser settings to me to adjust.
Don't be intrusive and subvert settings/adjustments that may be preferred or needed by your site visitor ... unless you are perhaps seeking to increase your site's bounce rate.
Please, what is your disagreement with GaryJ's last point, "someone with poor eyesight for instance may need to zoom in."?
August 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm #54175
I'll leave your browser to you if you leave my website to me.
I want to change MY website's default view to 75%. Nothing drastic. If a viewer has a hard time reading it then of course they can change it to 100% or 125%. I just want the default zoom settings to be zoomed out because I like giving the viewer a broader view of my website at first sight. I am not discriminatory to people with poor eyesight, my Grandma has poor eyesight.
I like the added white space this website created: http://www.theminimalists.com/
Can anyone back me up on this or am I totally off base?
August 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm #54183
it's called padding. add it.August 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm #54185
I'll try that out as an alternative. How can I do that?
August 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm #54758
I’ll leave your browser to you if you leave my website to me.
I would do, but you're the one who asked for help regarding your website, so on the presumption that you don't want this thread closing...
If you like the whitespace, then give your site a narrower fixed width size, reduce the size of images, and make the text smaller (all done via CSS). However, this is going to look awful on an average size screen, just like the site you linked to. Even on my smaller monitor, at 100% zoom, two thirds of it is wasted, which means I have to scroll more to see the same amount of content as would have already have been shown had they not kept it so narrow. This isn't a point about content being above or below the fold by the way, but about accessibility and effort for a user to get to the content.
Here's that site on my largest screen: http://d.pr/i/ZDOU
With 8 or 9 different font size / family / colour / style variations just visible in that screenshot, the site is anything but minimalist.
Here's the site with a bit of tweaking: http://d.pr/i/nslQ
Granted, the photo isn't now full width (but the purpose of an opening image is to create shorter lines of text to ease the reader into the article), and I've not sorted that social section, but with a tweaked design including a wider layout, and increased font size, you can actually see more of the site (note the share icons in the second screenshot), which implies it's more of an overview.
August 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm #54818
Thanks Garyl for helping me out despite our differences.
If you like the whitespace, then give your site a narrower fixed width size, reduce the size of images, and make the text smaller (all done via CSS).
I dabbled with your suggestion, but I ended up distorting and breaking my website. After hearing you out and realizing the difficulty of making the adjustment I'm just going to leave the website view as is.
Thanks for the advice, good sir.
August 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm #54822
Before the next war with the British starts, you might want to check out this post. It describes ways to change the default zoom level in Firefox and the changes you make will only affect those who use your browser, so Gary, Marc, et al are safe. For now. 🙂
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