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Pardon My Dust

I'm undergoing some site changes with this blog. Looking for a nice wide 2-column layout for WordPress. I've stumbled on Minimalist Fever 1.21. It's clean, simple and lean. It has a fluid width, which is a must for me, looks good in all browsers, and as such, works well with all resolutions. The text is a tad small from what I'm used to, and I may make it a pixel or two bigger, but overall, I'm impressed. The lack of a simple header, however, may keep me from using this theme permanently. If anyone knows of a good wide fluid-width 2-column theme that is simple and elegant, I'm all ears.

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  1. jegHegy using Opera 9.50 on GNU/Linux | December 29, 2007 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I would advise against using really wide columns for body text, because that way it's harder for the eye to follow the text.

    Optimal amount of words per line for english is around 10-12.

  2. Aaron using Debian IceWeasel 2.0.0.11 on Debian GNU/Linux 64 bits | December 29, 2007 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    @jegHegy- Yeah. I can see how it can be a bit difficult to follow the text when you have a wide screen display with a decent resolution. Another reason to pick up the pixel size on the font a bit I think.

  3. Cyrus Jones using Firefox 2.0.0.11 on GNU/Linux 64 bits | December 29, 2007 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Got to say that I miss the black. Maybe its just me, but it looks a lot harder to read the text, specifically the comment box I am typing into.

  4. Michael DeBusk using Internet Explorer 6.0 on Windows Unknown | December 29, 2007 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    There are some nice minimalist themes by Scott Wallick at http://www.plaintxt.org/ . I use VeryPlainText for my site. I wish it had a bit of color, though, and am finding myself agreeing with jedHegy on the subject of screen width.

    (I notice you have the user agent above the comment. Sorry about polluting your blog with Windows; I'm at work.)

  5. sontek using Firefox 2.0.0.10 on SuSE | December 29, 2007 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I'd suggest at least making the text black, gray on white is a little hard to read.

  6. Jason using Firefox 2.0.0.11 on Windows XP | December 31, 2007 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Broken OpenID login capability ate my comment.
    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR :(.

    Here was the gist of it:
    1) The colors (especially on single post (i.e. comment view) pages clash so horribly.

    Bright Yellow on White? My eyes are melting as I type this.

    2) If you're savvy with CSS and have the time to put into it, Sandbox is a GREAT flexible theme to work with.
    It's part of the PlainTXT series of themes (linked above), and it's the best of the lot.

    ...gotta run, eyes melted.

  7. Aaron using Epiphany 2.20 on Debian GNU/Linux 64 bits | December 31, 2007 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    @Michael BeBusk, @Jason- Thanks for the heads up on the link. This theme is much better than what I had earlier. More readable, simple, elegant, and yet stylish. Very cool.

    @Jason- Yeah, I don't know what's wrong with the plugin. It's not tested for 2.4 yet, which I'm running, so I bet that has something to do with it.

  8. Jason using Safari 523.10.6 on Mac OS | December 31, 2007 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Much better choice. My eyes are no longer hemorrhaging :P.

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