Hi there @coothead
No No. not stubborn was just exploring the options.
I have a theme apart from header and footer, the middle section has this arrangement →
S stands for small width sidebar
C stands for main content
L stands for large sidebar(aside)
This can be arranged in 5 different ways +
2 ways when we absent small sidebar +
2 ways when we absent large sidebar +
1 w/o any sidebar i.e. full width. =9 total ways
For a different kind of settings, there are another 9 total ways.
So currently I have 18 demos to be shown.
One may argue that there are actually two Layouts/design, which are presented as looking like many based on the different possible sidebars arrangements(permutations).
that's true. This is how the products are marketed to make it look functional so that they may look competitive with other products, which offers the same features.
Please go to this page.
You will realize that there are so many demos. so it becomes important that we at least give them an overview/notion of what this demo might look like w/o actually navigating the demo link. Those images that are currently looking similar can be replaced by the individual screenshots.
Buyers(or Marketers) Perspective vs Programmer Perspective
Buyers who normally are not coders have a comparison model. they will browse many themes and they compare based on design and functionality; If a theme X has a good design as compared to the theme Y, but seems very less functional as compared to theme Y then that's the reason for not buying theme Y. So the products are actually inflated to market in a way to look more competitive and more functional through better demo's.
(Marketing is like politics to an extent in a way that it also requires dirty warfare not just promoting your product, but killing someones else in a subtle way. For non-infinite numbers of the buyers, there are a big number of products feuding for the survival that too in a saturated industry like WordPress themes and plugins).
This is the reason why most of the marketing strategy doesn't seem acceptable(and may look like the gimmick, irrelevant or not useful) to the ace developers. Nothing is absolute in the real world so both marketer(or perhaps buyer) and ace programmer are right in their framework.
If I make a blog for myself I would like to be as simple and as neat as this one → http://thesassway.com/beginner, for example.
Simplicity and neatness can be my norm of my selection, but complexity and functionality can be the norm of significantly huge number of people(buyers in case of the commercial products). I couldn't assume that my shoe size will fit all.
but If I am making something with commercial and selling utility then this might be too simple and devoid of functionalities and attractive design that most of the buyers are generally seeking(Unless I distribute it absolutely free). This doesn't apply to just layman w/o any technical understanding, but I have seen very well educated people when buy keeps the same parameters.
Ace developers perspective: He will not try to pollify code too much with the scripts as they may increase page loading time and thus impact page speed optimization. He may use a very simple layout with least complexity, but developing a competitive product(the one that can take edge) may require such complex implementation that may not fit optimization rules book because ultimately the product needs to build what buyer wants or what impresses the buyer on the comparison metrics based on so many similar products available in the market.