SkS Housekeeping: right margin
Posted on 11 October 2010 by John Cook
Wendy recently had a look at the latest version of the Skeptical Science website and lamented that the thermometer in the left margin had fallen "below the fold" (eg - you had to scroll down to view it). An important tenet for web publishers is you should always aim to keep your web designer happy (particularly if you're married to her). So I've rejigged the design, adding a right margin and moving some left margin content over. The thermometer is back where it belongs.
The wider design was long overdue. I created the site in 2007, back when the unwritten rule was a website should never be wider than 800 pixels. Nowadays, web designs are getting wider to the point where my old design was looking anorexic in comparison. The extra width is timely as the translation flags were starting to take over the header (up to 17 languages now).
Of course, that opens up a whole bunch of real estate in the right margin. What I'll put there, I haven't decided but for now, I've thrown in a feed from the Skeptical Science Twitter page. I'm open to suggestions on what to do with the extra space (keeping in mind I'll probably go with the option that's the least amount of work).