About 24 hours ago, I published a poll on Performancing asking readers which sidebar configuration they used on their blogs. Although the poll has yet to run its course, the majority of you voted for having one sidebar that is presented on the right hand side of the site.
An article written by Addicott Web ending up being the inspiration for the poll as Addicott takes a closer look and the reasons behind why a sidebar should be placed on the left or right side of your blog.
Sidebar On The Left:
- Emphasize the content, not the navigation
- People look for, and even expect, navigation there
- We read left to write
Sidebar On The Right:
- Blog sidebars go on the right. Period
- More SEO Friendly
- We read left to right
On my personal blog, I use one large sidebar that is approximately 300 pixels in width on the right hand side of the blog. I’m a big fan of the one large sidebar as opposed to the two smaller ones placed next to each other. Also, having the sidebar on the right just feels natural to me rather than having it on the left.
Also, thanks to the Slayers Custom Widgets plugin for WordPress that I reviewed here, you can now use your sidebar more effectively by assigning widgets to appear only on specific content pages. I’m using a similar plugin to configure widgets that display post meta data in the sidebar as a means of cleaning up the content area. Usually, things such as tags, related posts, and comments are displayed within the content. Thanks to the plugin, I can place that information within widgets and only have them appear on the single page view of my template in WordPress.
So tell me, why do you prefer one sidebar configuration over another? It’s obvious that there is a science involved with one or the other but in my instance, I threw science out the window and picked the side that best resonated with me.