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  • Wrapper vs. No Wrapper

    I've got a little dilemma - My main web site is optimized for 1024 x 768 monitors although I could make it a fixed width for 800 x 600 if I really squeeze it. I'm not sure it's worth it. Most of the components are built in but some of them are wrapped with the software providing top, left and bottom nav bars. The question is whether forums - even fixed width - should be placed in a wrapper.

    For me, I just wasn't used to the visual and at first it felt strange. Here is what the wrapper looks like:

    Of course, you could always go directly to the forums with a direct link URL:

    Now I'm not sure which one to present. I could always add an option via target to open a link to a new window to go to "no wrapper" appearance.

    Which one do you prefer and why? Suggestions? Many thanks for your feedback.
    Last edited by slinky; Mon 2nd Jul '12, 9:44pm.
    My law forum, lawyers and legal help site

  • #2
    If you can remove the top blue bar ( Home, Forum Home, ...) or place it somewhere else I actually like the one with a wrapper.
    Best Regards
    Colin Frei

    Please don't contact me per PM.


    • #3
      Thanks Colin. That extra blue bar duplicates the wrapper with the tabs and was only there in case people didn't like the wrapper! I will remove if I use the wrapper (and probably nobody will notice, lol. ) Thanks for sharing your opinion.
      My law forum, lawyers and legal help site


      • #4
        I would probably stick with the 1024 x 768 resolution. Unless your site is targeted at an older or less computer-experienced audience, I think many people have moved past 800 x 600 now.

        By the way, I like the design of your site. Maybe it's just a personal opinion, but I always find the cool colors and not-so-flashy sites more appealing.


        • #5
          WOW! very cool design
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