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  • Centered like Sitepoint.com

    11 78.57%
  • Pushed to the left like DriveSeek.com

    3 21.43%
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    What layout do you prefer?

    Just curious what kind of layout everyone prefers between the two listed in the poll?

    1. Centered like Sitepoint.com
    2. Pushed to the left like DriveSeek.com
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    I prefer centered or horizontal navigation. It its more usable since the typical surfer keeps their mouse on the right side of the screen.
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    I browse at over 800x600 so pushed left looks really bad, much prefer centred

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    Yes I prefered centred too although I can't stand horizontal scrolling. The reasoning is sound but I just don't like it, it feels unnatural!

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    I prefer centered as well. I noticed a year or so ago, it seemed that the general fad of design was to make sites pushed left. But now more sites are being centered, with widths either 100% or 700+ pixels.

    I also hate horizontal navigation. I really haven't been to many sites that use a horizontal navigation (or need to have it because of HTML coding and my resolution of 800x600).
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    Hi,

    I think it depends on the site and the design greatly but as a rule of thumb I prefer centred sites. I run a resolution of 1600x1200 so most sites are far too small for my browser windows and so look better in the centre.

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    Please have a look at www.cnet.com

    And then at www.yahoo.com

    I assume you've seen both already

    These are two of the best sites on the internet, although I'd have to give extra credit to cnet for filling up a 1152x864 screen without rendering the text unreadable, while still fitting perfectly into 800x600.

    I think those 2 examples are the best approach.

    1. (like cnet) to stretch it to the entire width, but to have enough columns that the text lines aren't too long.

    2. (like yahoo) to design it for 800x600 but have it centred in larger displays. other examples include sitepoint.com and my own site.

    Number two seems to be more popular with the popular sites, although I really do respect number one sites now.

    Hardly any of the best sites, in my opinion, use a fixed width but not centred. I don't like having blank space all off to one side (ie the right).
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    For me it really depends on the style of the site. Overall though, I prefer centered layout

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    Guess what I selected??

    Centered.

    I started redesigning DriveSeek.com with centered-layout before I saw this thread. I dont think that DriveSeek.com looks bad in 800x600. But at 1024x768 and higher it might look too "lefty".

    At the time I designed DriveSeek.com, I thought it looks good. But after that my opinion changed, site's either look good at 90-100% OR at 700/750 pixels centered.

    And even 90-100% sites look good depending on their content.
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    Just wanted to add few more things.

    * DriveSeek.com cannot be centered with its current design.

    * Do you people feel that navigation at the left is NOT good?

    * Should Web directory-style navigation be provided on the site, I mean

    Home > Some page > Another Page > etc >
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    DriverSeeker,

    I found your website link in antoehr thread on these boards, which prompted me to ask the question. I have 800x600 res. at home and when I saw your site I thought it looked good, but at my college, they have 1024x768 in all the PC labs, and it does look to "lefty" to me.

    I think that you should offer a Web directory style navigation. I personlly like to see that on a web site to know where I am, especially on larger sites.
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