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Friday, January 16, 2009

More Template Talk


Okay, I calmed down a little and went from giant-size to large. Some fine tuning on the fonts and experiments with text formatting in order to have it look somewhat appealing even in this large content width. This should be a good compromise for now, until I find the perfect template.

By the way, what are your thoughts on sidebars? This current template doesn't have it and I always thought it looks more clean, lean, and mean...or in other words: elegant. But here is the catch:
A visitor who comes here through let's say Google usually ends up on one particular post. He might read it, maybe not, and surf on to somewhere else. He is not seeing any more relevant information for himself and bounces off my page. He bounces off not only because of the crap I'm writing, but also because of the lean design. There is nothing more to see that could catch his interest and make him click deeper into the page. I think it would be good to show a decent selection of images on the side and link them with the shop section.

Besides that, I should probably also add a personal profile to give this page a face.


6 comments:

snirgel said...

congratulation to your realization about the sidebar. usability will rule the world ;)

Oliver said...

You might think that I'm late with realizing, but imagine I'm still doing this in 20 years...then it was actually early.

Shapemodulator said...

this size is ok....

diego said...

Hey Oliver,
I agree with you about the sidebar usefulness. This is the reason why I considered a floating slideshow for the sidebar, so the reader could be attracted by a new image, while looking at a specific post.
Of course this kind of gimmick could distract the reader, and the overall aspect of the blog is less elegant. I'm still trying to strike a balance...

diego said...

Ah, and I like this large version with current text formatting better!

Oliver said...

Personally, moving things next to a text while reading...that distracts me a lot. When Ads have moving or flickering things in it, then only for that reason. I usually cover it up with another window, or make the window smaller :-)

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