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Fixed or Fluid? Whats your preference?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by surfsup, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. surfsup

    surfsup Well-Known Member

    I actually like Fixed but most 'big boards' i see now a days are all Fluid.....I do find it easier to read and looks less cluttered on fluid boards.

    What about you all?
  2. HenrikHansen

    HenrikHansen Well-Known Member

    I find fixed easier to read, so that I what I use.
  3. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I haven't really got a preference but rather the design will have it's preference over what i think is my own personal preference. For example: some designs are better suited as fixed widths whilst others are better suited in a fluid format whilst many will suit work and suit on both.

    It depends on the design itself that'll dictate whether it'll be fixed width, fluid and/or both
  4. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    Either way really works. Fluid works best on larger screens, while I find fixed tends to work better on smaller screens. I am running two styles on my website, one fixed at 1000px another fluid. I kinda regret that decision at times, though....
  5. surfsup

    surfsup Well-Known Member

    You regret going fluid or fixed?
  6. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Styles (if possible) should be fluid, then all you need to do is change one style property in a child style to make it fixed width.
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  7. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Can't see any scenario where fixed would be better, except if you're crazy enough to run a browser maximised on a widescreen monitor or something

    (how people can read text that wide I have no idea)
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  8. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Fixed can look nicer and work better with a theme or header graphic. But otherwise it's fluid all the way for me - much nicer for those with big screens.
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  9. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    Supporting 2 styles....
  10. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    32" HD TV :D

    Of course I also zoom in at about 150% :p

    I like the look of a fixed style much better than I do with a fluid, but I understand that a fluid style applies to everyone no matter what their screen size.

    If I could make my fluid look fixed, that would be cool.
  11. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I prefer fluid for forums, fixed for the site. Content on forums is very variable and user based so you want more freedom and flexibility in horizontal space. Forum members can basically change the window width to whatever they like.

    For sites, fixed width (or min/max width) allows the admin to have more control over the layout / design.
  12. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    Sucker for fixed personally :)
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  13. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    it doesn't matter...most of the time when at a website as a visitor i find that either is good as long as it doesn't take away from the point of the page (the content).

    I am on a 40'' xbr bravia so as far as what I would prefer, it is hard to say...but as Shelley pointed out...it depends on the situation...and if even a stopped clock is right twice a day...than there is bound to be times where fixed is better than fluid and the opposite.

    The only way to know is to try both for your unique situation and then put it out there in the wild and ask for feedback...
  14. Robert F Schmitz

    Robert F Schmitz Well-Known Member

    Fixed. With wide screens, a fluid style gets to be too wide to easily read posts.
    Digital Doctor likes this.
  15. Garamond

    Garamond Well-Known Member

    Fixed. Much more control of the design and easier to read the content.

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