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  • Resolved uncommoner


    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?

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  • skippy



    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.

    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:


    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.


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