Web Design Resource Links
Here are links to interesting (and mostly helpful) resources when considering design parameters.
Google Research on Screen Sizing
Why are some website designs so large? and some only take up part of the screen? Google (of course) has done some interesting research on website sizing issues. Just like in a newspaper, you want your information "above the fold." Anything that is not immediately viewable on the web page, is less likely to be seen. We use this information to size our web site designs .... on the home page using both vertical and horizontal parameters to make sure most (if not all) important information is visible - on content pages, the horizontal with less regard than for the vertical. Still it is important not to make pages overly long because information gets lost. It is better to break up a long page into smaller ones so that information is easy to find (via a well designed menu).
There are differing philosphies on how to approach the amount of information on a home page or landing page. Our philosophy is to keep things simple and uncluttered - the purpose of the home/landing page being to direct the user to the detailed information that they need - not provide all the information on one page crowded with content. The more content on a page, the more competition there is for your attention and so on a cluttered page it becomes difficult to find information.