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Thoughts on large sidebar?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by JABRONI, Jun 1, 2013.


    JABRONI Well-Known Member

    I wanted to hear other people's thoughts on the size of the XF sidebar on some sites.

    I seem to have this issue where if the sidebar is longer than the actual node list itself, I HAVE to change something to make the sidebar shorter than the node list.

    I was wondering if this was just me being OCD, or do other people feel the same way? Do you care if the sidebar is longer than the node list?
  2. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member


    JABRONI Well-Known Member


    Screen Shot 2013-06-01 at 2.26.14 AM.png

    Shorter is basically, well, shorter than the node list.
  4. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I'd prefer a 300px wide sidebar.
  5. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    oh you mean taller

    ilike it level ifits possible
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  6. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member


    Like DRE, I prefer it either equal with the forum or short than the forum. Having it taller makes it look out of place.
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  7. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Off course if its a little bit off, it's not to bad (see attached for example)

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  8. Sheratan

    Sheratan Well-Known Member

    Talking about sidebar...



    The space is longer for guest. :ROFLMAO:
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  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I removed stuff from the sidebar on my site for the same reason; sidebars which extend well below the node list look silly.
    One of the blocks I removed was the Staff Online Now block.
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  10. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    just create a bigger "Welcome Notice" with some text and also include a big "Sign Up Now"-button (which redirects to domain.com/register) within the "Notice" at your Homepage.
    Additional text related to your specific Forum in the "Notice" does not hurt your SEO after all :cool:

    Or include an image within the "Notice" and it will move your Forum-nodes much lower.



  11. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Likewise I really don't like sidebars that extend beyond the main content and leave huge gaps, it just doesn't look right.
  12. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    That is one of the first things I always do when creating a style is remove/hide the staff online block. I honestly think that members online does suffice.

    In the early days I did try to level it off but nowadays I'm not that fussed.
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  13. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

    I very much dislike the sidebar being taller than the forum list. - luckily, I've never had that problem. :D
  14. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Making ours 300px for MPU adverts.
  15. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I'd want to do that too; but with fixed layout, it leaves very little space for the actual content.
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  16. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    You could shave some padding off on

    #content .pageContent {
    padding: 10px 20px;
    And set the left/right value to 10px saving a total space of 20px though you would need to adjust the #QuickSearch {right: 10px;} so it lines up with the sidebar which is originally set at 20px. I know it's a small increase to extend upon the sidebar width but I'm sure in other areas (nodes) there are other areas you can save space by allowing for wider sidebars on fixed width styles. One example comes to mind is removing the "latest" prefix from the "lastpost" area and maybe shave off some padding on that as well as some margin.
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  17. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I have reduced all margins and padding for that reason.
    I use a fixed width of 992px and the sidebar is 276px and it works fine.
    It could quite comfortably go up to 300px if required.
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  18. xf_phantom

    xf_phantom Well-Known Member

    It's very hard to get the same high
    Specially if you have categories & or forums which aren't shown to guests / registered users...

    I've just given up to try to have the same height :/
  19. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    We've pretty much decided that we'll use 976px fixed width with a 300px sidebar and zero horizontal pageContent margin. Have to apply the same colour background as for the content so it all blends ok.
  20. John

    John Well-Known Member

    My framework gives easy control over all the sidebar blocks, among other things:

    Screen Shot 2013-06-01 at 12.53.29 PM.png
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