Beware of Fluid Templates?
Before I start designing my own WP template, I have a general issue I’d like to discuss with those who have designed templates before.
The main thing I’d like to achieve with my template is to have the main content more fully fill the browser window at a 1024×768 resolution.
To do that, I’m thinking about creating a fluid two-column template, designed with relative widths. I figure that it should be fluid so that it will still look ok on an 800×600 res.
I should point out that I have been designing websites for 9 years now, and up to this point, I have always preferred absolute widths to relative widths.
But I’m now beginning to rethink that, partly because I wonder how many people really browse the web with browsers partially minimized and re-sized, and whether it is such a big deal for them to maximize the browser when a site doesn’t display properly.
So, here are my questions/issues:
1. Why should I be wary of relative widths in a template? Do the old design strictures against relative widths still apply?
2. Since blogs are, by nature, dynamic, why are designers still using absolute widths?
3. Would it be a better idea to design two different templates with absolute widths (one for 1024×768 users, and one for 800×600 users) and to provide a style switcher to allow people to choose what they want? Can I trust that they will even use that style switcher?
4. Does what I’m looking for already exist?
thanks in advance for your help.
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