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MiscellaneousUpdated JeepNewsNow.com Layout
Posted by mike on 2007/1/26 10:07:11 (1942) reads

As you've no doubt noticed already, we've modified the layout of JeepNewsNow.com this morning. By locating both sidebars on the right-hand side of the page, we've made room for a larger ad to run on top of the columns.

We've been told that this ad format is highly prized by advertisers on quality sites like ours, so we're giving it a try. We're hoping that it's not too intrusive. Let us know what you think.

-mike

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mike
Posted: 2007/1/29 10:06  Updated: 2007/1/29 10:06
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 Re: Updated JeepNewsNow.com Layout
Thanks for all the comments on the new layout. I figured sidebars on the right would elicit some comments. For the record, I choose to put them on the right for 2 main reasons:

1. right-handed sidebars are indeed a current design trend in modern web sites - mainly blogs

2. I wanted to ensure that users with small monitors would be able to see all of the main content without scrolling horizontally.

-mike

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carlhancoc
Posted: 2007/1/28 23:06  Updated: 2007/1/28 23:06
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 Re: Updated JeepNewsNow.com Layout
The new layout is good and is typical for this type of site.

A lot of the big blog sites (engadget.com, autoblog.com, gigaom.com) use this approach to column placement.

The english language is designed to be read from left to right and people typically webpages from left to right so why not put the main content of the site... on the LEFT and the extra stuff on the RIGHT. It just makes sense.

The new layout works just fine for me.

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hal2814
Posted: 2007/1/29 9:07  Updated: 2007/1/29 9:08
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 Re: Updated JeepNewsNow.com Layout
I've already said my piece and don't want to start a big argument. I just thought I'd explain an issue:

"The english language is designed to be read from left to right and people typically webpages from left to right so why not put the main content of the site... on the LEFT and the extra stuff on the RIGHT. It just makes sense."

The reason you'd want to put the content on the right is that in addition to most people being right handed, most people's right eye is dominant. Whatever you place on the right is the focus of your dominant eye and is what is likely to get priority on your attention if there are two distinct columns. The content is supposed to be the focus with the advertisement and tools as secondary. By placing ads and tools in the right column, you are making them the primary forcus for right-eye dominant (majority of us) readers. That being said, advertisers may be willing to pay more for ads in the right-hand column because of that. I'll keep reading either way.

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JeepinNJ
Posted: 2007/1/27 23:00  Updated: 2007/1/27 23:00
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 Re: Updated JeepNewsNow.com Layout
Sidebars on the left, content on the right. Otherwise looking good.

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sylvanis
Posted: 2007/1/26 22:10  Updated: 2007/1/26 22:10
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 Re: Updated JeepNewsNow.com Layout
Looks fine to me.

To paraphrase a great song

"Had to tell the readers I'd-a changed the layout
They said that don't confront me,
Long as I get my Jeep News next Friday....One bourbon, one scotch, one beer"

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asharvin28542
Posted: 2007/1/26 20:26  Updated: 2007/1/26 20:26
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 Re: Updated JeepNewsNow.com Layout
I would also like to see the tool bars moved to the left.

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jerryjeep
Posted: 2007/1/26 16:34  Updated: 2007/1/26 16:34
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 Re: Updated JeepNewsNow.com Layout
Mike, the format change looks OK to me, always open to try something different. I recently drove an export version of the 2007 Wrangler with the diesel engine. What a sweet combination with the automatic transmission and the power seemed adequate for highway speeds. The torque curve is much better than the 3.8L and I would guess it would be great in FWD low range. Guess we will have to wait to see if DCX is serious about improving the current Wrangler engine situation.

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hal2814
Posted: 2007/1/26 14:44  Updated: 2007/1/26 14:44
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You usually see this sort of thing with the menu and ads on the left and the content on the right. This way is kind of a left-handed way of doing it.
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