Back in the day we all viewed blogs on desktop computers. Back in the day every blog theme had at least one sidebar that appeared on every page in the blog. Back in the day mile long blogrolls were common.
Not so, today.
The days of mile long reciprocal link blogrolls in sidebars and sidebars on every page in a blog are over. That’s not to say that such themes aren’t available; it’s to say that there are new themes available for new times. Many themes have page templates like Links pages, full pages (no sidebar), post formats and custom menus. That’s not to mention, featured post sliders.
There’s no doubt it. The mobile explosion has yet to crest but visitors are accessing our blogs via mobiles and tablets is on the rise and affecting on blog design. Laptops, smartphones and tablets are performing tasks that used to be the desktop computer territory. Our blogging future will feature responsive width themes, infinite scroll and effective use of custom menus, page templates and post formats.
Fixed width means the width of the theme does not change according to screen resolution (or the width of browser) your visitors use.
Fluid width means the width of the theme changes according to screen resolution (or the width of browser) your visitors use.
Responsive width means the layout adapts depending on the size of the device being used to view your site. When responsive width themes are viewed on mobiles sidebars appear below the posts in order to provide as much space as possible for reading.
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Just the Facts
Take a look at Cisco’s Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (PDF).
Global mobile data traffic grew 2.3-fold in 2011, more than doubling for the fourth year in a row. Last year’s mobile data traffic was eight times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000. Mobile video traffic exceeded 50 percent for the first time in 2011. Mobile video traffic was 52 percent of traffic
by the end of 2011.
Mobile Friendly Themes or Responsive Width Themes
In Why You Need a Responsive Blog Design Instead of a Mobile-Friendly One, Danny Brown tells us why a responsive width theme is a good choice to make.
“Because responsive design adapts to any screen size, it’s also great for widescreen displays as well as smaller desktop or laptop screens. … Also, for any blogger that cares about the community experience when on-site, responsive design also means your blog adapts around your reader, as opposed to them having to adapt to you – an immediate plus for you over other bloggers.”
If you are a regular reader you will have noticed that since I published I have been making theme changes. WordPress.com bloggers can choose to use these responsive width theme free or paid for their blogs. (Note: More themes are being added continuously.) I have used Twenty Eleven previously and have been testing Able, Blaskan and Sight recently. I haven’t made a firm choice yet and feedback from readers responsive themes will be welcomed.