How to Style Your Articles Differently Using HTML Tables

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Have you ever used tables in your articles? These days most people haven’t.

HTML tables were used a lot a few years ago but nowadays most people have forgotten about them.

Maybe it is because designers used to have to design web sites by using tables in the early days. Since this was a very confusing way to style web sites it created a rather negative feeling towards using tables. No matter what the actual reason was, tables are still a great way to present content.

They make is so easy at presenting information that once you get the hang of it you never want to have to miss them again.

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Should a Sidebar Go On the Left or Right?

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Whether you use a 3 column layout or a 2 column layout, you have to choose which side you want your content on, and which side you want your sidebar on. Left or right? Which is best?

As always, the answer is; it depends on your blog.

Why Have It On the Right?

  • Western readers read left to right. When scanning a page, we will scan left to right (And top to bottom). Put your sidebar on the right, and the first thing a reader will scan over will be your content.
  • Many people still use 800×600 resolution. When designing your theme, it’s tempting to work with a 1024px wide layout. The extra space is great for the majority of your users.

    However, a good few are still on 800×600 monitors, and will have an annoying horizontal scrollbar to work with. If your content is on the left, they will not have to scroll to read it. The scrollbar will only be needed to see the sidebar.

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5 Ways to Get More Space On the Page

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Space illusion As bloggers, we all want to put as much content as we can on the page, but make it look like as little as we can.

It’s an interesting paradox, which doesn’t always have an answer.

In certain circumstances however, there are indeed ways of cheating the rule, and serving your readers better by doing so.

In this article, I will talk about the 5 main options available to you, and by knowing them, you might find ways to apply them to your own blog.

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