I am experiencing a lot of issues sizing columns and banners at the moment. I dearly love Typepad, but the layouts puzzle me. Every now and again I get a bit angsty about the appearance of my websites. It gives me a headache, but there’s also something addictive, fun, exciting about tinkering with the code. Sadly, I am not particularly competent with it. So far, my banner, no matter what size, will not reach the absolute left margin. One’s brain might explode attempting to work out why. Clearly I am no expert, but this is uncanny. My main content column will not stretch beyond 500 pixels (I would prefer 600), and if I switch to ‘fluid’ pixels the pages become uncontrollable: although the fluid option allows for more space, the accompanying blocks of text tend to 'stretch' with the pictures in a curious fashion.
And then there's tumblr.
I moved Milk Tooth over to tumbler a couple of days ago. This particular platform seems to suit Milk Tooth very well: quick fire posts which include easy-peasy and fuss free video and music uploads, text posts, quotations (which I love!) and regular photo posts. One thing that does worry me about tumblr (and this is hearsay) is the general attitude towards the 'recirculation' of existing images, often without quoting the source. For example, a user may originally upload an artists work accompanied by a link to the source, yet subsequently, other users will re-blog this post, often neglecting to bother with the artists link. Worrying! But such is life online. One of my uploads featuring the wonderful Margaret Rutherford has already been re-blogged, which is nice, but kind of........where do you draw the line concerning original content? I would feel pretty odd if the majority of my Typepad posts we re-blogged shortly after I had taken so much time to compose them.
Do you know what I mean? So there's the good and the not so good. It would be great to hear your opinions on this. This is exactly why I watermark my images, because it does seem to be the absolute and only way to ensure that an image will not go astray without some recognizable link to the source. I dare say more people would feature my work if I didn't watermark, but I feel that it is the only safe way to contend with this issue at present.
So, if anyone out there could advise me with regards to the banner/column width conundrum, I would be most grateful. Until then I shall go to sleep and dream about the possibilities of 600 pixel width main content columns and banners which reach the left edge without falling mystically short. Ek!
And a text only post. Whatever next?
(image: Lewis and Lumi of Le Train Fantome)