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Let's say I wanna make a website that would allow a user to download a wallpaper in sizes for PC, HD, mobile and tablet.

What are the top used / best image dimensions I should host?

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You probably need to think first on the proportion.

The classical proportion

The classical (oldie) porportion for desktops is 4:3 for example.

  • 1024x768
  • 1280x960
  • 1600x1200

Some pads use this same proportion for example the ipad uses:

  • 2048x1536

Vertical orientatnion

This takes us that this pads used in vertical orientation gives us a 3:4 proportion which would be inverting the values.

  • 768x1024 for example

The widescreen

The main proportion is 16:9

  • 1920x1080
  • 1366x768
  • 1280x720

You have the same case if you want a vertical orientation 9:16


There are a lot of variations in proportions and resolutions. You can take a look of them on this image from the wikipedia (the circles show the proportion):

So the truth is you need to take descitions on the target you are aiming.

You can look some trends using this google search

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Common sizes for desktop are 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024 and 1600x1200

HD usually means 1080p nowadays so that is 1920 x 1080.

Also, see this previous question

And this Google Browser size diagram may help

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1920 x 1080. This is the standard background for computers no more, no less.

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Except mine that supports 2560x1600... or my laptop at 1600x1480...... And yeah... let's not even get into mobile and tablet sizes.... – Scott Apr 20 '15 at 21:51

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