Did you know I love to get questions? A great question helps me – help you!
Bonnie just asked a question related to Thesis Theme (my favorite all time – can’t live without – WP Theme):
Hope you don’t mind me asking you a question about Christine’s site http://top-christmas-gift-ideas.info/ I know you helped her with it and I thinks she’s done a beautiful job! My question is about Thesis (Theme) and your recommendations for the best width for headers and 2 and 3-column (column width) settings. I have done a little research suggesting 900 – 1024 (for the website itself) is best. What is your opinion?
I am having a little trouble deciding on the best header width. You can take a look at one of my sites and see what I mean: http://leapstergame.org (be kind, it was only the 2nd site I’ve done). I want to save time and set things up right from the start (banner creation and Thesis), so I thought I’d ask your advice.
Thanks so much,
First – let me tell you that Bonnie emailed me a few days ago with this comment:
I almost gave up on the Christmas sites because I figured it was getting too late in the season.
It’s NOT too late to be working on Christmas Sites!!!
This Leapster Game Site is a great Evergreen Niche Site… love the toy niche!
Can I just say “Great Job” Bonnie?!?!
I think you are following the IPK (Info Product Killer) system!
Okay… back to the questions:
- Best Header Size for Thesis Theme?
- Should You Use 2 or 3 Columns?
I can’t really answer these questions with a “do this” answer. I can share what I do and then you make your own plan.
These are the settings used on Christine’s Christmas IPK Mother Site:
These are the settings I use for (most) 3 column Thesis Theme sites. The widgets fit nice in the sidebars and the center is big enough to read the content easily.
Thesis Theme 2 Column
2 Columns can work for you as well (I like to change it up and test stuff):
My Indiana Jones Bedding site is an example.
The header image is about 980 pixels x 140 pixels.
This is a nice wide sidebar and holds the You Tube Video perfectly.
Thesis Theme With 2 Right Sidebars
I also have used 3 columns with both sidebars on the right – Spanish Ceiling Fans
The header image is 950 x 87 pixels.
Header Image Size
I try to stick with about 950 pixels wide with sites/header images. I think this is a perfect balance. I want those with new computers and old displays to see the best possible site.
I hope this is helpful… let me know if you are “stuck” on anything!