Jan 24 2009

What is the appeal of three-column websites?

Published by at 5:07 pm under Technical Advice,Website Design

Just wondering.

(We’ve also considered the appeal of Twilight and The Hulk).

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “What is the appeal of three-column websites?”

  1. B. Macon 24 Jan 2009 at 5:26 pm

    In my opinion, three-column websites are usually painful. Keeping track of three columns of information hurts my eyes and the columns are almost always squeezed together too tightly, although that might be caused by my 17-inch monitor.

    However, I think a three-column theme could work if the site is highly reputable. For example, the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal uses a three-column theme to separate different kinds of articles. It’s fairly effective, although I think they could probably do the same with a two-column theme. There are some limits to that (viewers don’t want to scroll down forever to get to their favorite category), but IMO that’s less of an issue than how jarring the third column is.

  2. Ragged Boyon 24 Jan 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve got a really wide computer screen so that isn’t much a problem for me. 😛

  3. B. Macon 24 Jan 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Good point. I figure that wide-screens will be prevalent in a few years. Right now, I suspect they are not common, particularly among casual tech-users. Still, a few years ago, including things like embedded movies would probably have overwhelmed many casual readers and nowadays that’s pretty much not a problem. (Only 1% of our readers use dialup, according to Google Analytics, so we have more latitude than we would have had a few years back).

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