Asking The Readers: Fixed or Fluid Designs?
February 17, 2008
Welcome to Asking The Readers! You are invited and encouraged to share your responses and opinions. Super Blogging has a fantastic community full of friendly and wise readers – so don’t be afraid to read the post and the other comments, and then share your own thoughts and ideas. We love hearing what you have to say!
This time around I’d like to discuss two popular types of designing a page: with a fluid layout, or a fixed layout. A fixed layout is created by specifying the main wrapper to an immovable width or a certain amount of pixels, so the page will be one size no matter what resolutions it’s viewed in. Super Blogging is a fixed design, and so is John Chow. A fluid layout is created by not specifying a wrapper width or using percentages, which means the content will fill the entire page and stretch out to fit the whole screen, no matter what its size is. GrayBit.com is an example of a fluid design, and this is a fluid page as well. Most of the blogs you read are probably fixed designs.
The thing is, there are pros and cons to both the fluid and the fixed layout. A fluid design will fit any user’s screen and can be completely universal, while a fixed design often times has more usability and is easier to read, plus more easy to control. Depending what kind of site you have and what you’re trying to accomplish, either could work for you.
However, I’m asking you, do you prefer fixed or fluid designs, and why? Is one more easy to use and access over the other? Does one simply look better and the other doesn’t? Do you like reading sites with fluid or fixed designs, and which type of layout is YOUR blog or site using? Would you ever consider changing it to be fluid if it’s a fixed design, or vice versa? Let me know what you think on the topic, what you prefer, and why.
Please leave a comment and let us know! Depending on the responses received, I will take my favorites and include them in a new article or in the next Asking The Readers post, giving you credit and a link back to your blog featuring your response. In that future article I will also share my own opinions about fixed and fluid designs as well. Until then, I can’t wait to read what you have to say. The comments are open, so don’t be afraid to share. I look forward to your responses!