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[resolved] Sidebars Question (4 posts)

  1. uncommoner
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Why do software developers always produce software for the web that _always_ defaults to the waste of space at the sides.

    I know that the idea, in general, is to be able to show those hideous flashing adverts that so pollute online life: but surely, most people are NOT putting adverts on their sites: blogging being IMV, a largely small audience affair.

    I'm spending all this money on bigger and wider screens, and the developers of all the software are forever cramming the content into a tiny space in the middle of the screen.

    Are the sidebars controllable?

  2. skippy
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yes, sidebars are controllable.

    The underlying theory for narrow content columns is the same as used in newspapers and magazines: it's easier to quickly read a narrow column without losing your place.

    Customizing_Your_Sidebar might help; though you're most likely going to want to read any of the CSS specific documents in the Codex.

  3. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    Also keep in mind it's the theme, not WordPress, which sets the agenda for your blog's layout. You can easily replace the default with another that doesn't use a fixed width. The Classic theme is an example of this; it also comes with WordPress (check under Presentation in your WordPress installation).

    There's lots of third party themes out there you can check out, as well:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes#Get_New_Themes

  4. uncommoner
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Kafkaesqui,

    Many thanks: I had no idea about the narrow columns thing, how interesting. It just 'feels' like wasted space to me.

    Much to learn: thanks for the links...off to study.

    brendan

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