Full Page Background

by on February 21, 2012 in
Full Page Background Difficulty Level: Beginner
 

Orman Clark’s Scope theme taught me a few things.

1) Isotope is awesome.
2) Full page backgrounds are easy, beautiful, and low-bandwidth.

View Demo
View Demo – Large Background
View Demo – Small Background

According to Google Browser size, almost all users see a ratio of 2:1 when viewing websites. And we’re using the min-width/min-height properties which scale images up.

That means you can use a 500px by 250px image that’s been smushed to a few kB to be your big, beautiful, full-screen background.

The HTML

<img id="bg" src="bg.jpg">

<div id="content">
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</div>

The CSS

#bg {
    position:fixed;
    left:0;
    top:0;
    min-height:100%;
    min-width:100%;
    z-index:-1;
}

Screencast for Jonathan

Other Solutions

http://css-tricks.com/perfect-full-page-background-image/ – Chris Coyier’s solution. Works beautifully with jQuery!

 
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