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    i just designed my first site for someone but since then i've noticed that like 99% of sites seem to have this layout like in the layout below (a box for content with a texture/color around it), for example like on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield site: http://www.bcbs.com/ my site however did not have lines for a box around it but instead the background was same for content area and for the sides around the content area.


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    Framing the content helps lead the eyes. Especially if the person has a massive screen, and the website is very tiny due to the resolution.

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    You can have any type of layout you like, as long as the content is clearly and easily visible. There are no set rules as how to make a website. use your imagination and come up with something
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    It all depends on your target market as well, if you pick an industry ( any industry ), google it with generic words, compared the look and feel of the top 3-4 sites, you may see some similarities.

    What you'll find is that many of the sites that have been around a while has spent much effort in determining the layout that works best for their target market.

    There are always exceptions to the rule though, but your content is what draws in and keeps visitors as well as it provides searchengines the data it needs to index your site properly. Search engines don't care about layout, colors, etc.

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    yeah was curious because i was wondering if he rest of the design world seemed to understand something i don't by using that type of layout where all the content is in a big box floating in the middle of a color/textured background.

    the traget market i've been looking at is health professionals and you can see from these random sites i just found by googling "chiropractors" that they follow the design that i mentioned.

    http://www.lkessel.com/
    http://www.drshoshany.com/

    here are random sites that don't have the one big floating box in the middle layout. these type of sites in my searching seem to be rare.

    http://fusionads.net/

    http://ecoki.com/iphone/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sid11, post: 227224
    yeah was curious because i was wondering if he rest of the design world seemed to understand something i don't by using that type of layout where all the content is in a big box floating in the middle of a color/textured background.

    the traget market i've been looking at is health professionals and you can see from these random sites i just found by googling "chiropractors" that they follow the design that i mentioned.

    http://www.lkessel.com/
    http://www.drshoshany.com/

    here are random sites that don't have the one big floating box in the middle layout. these type of sites in my searching seem to be rare.

    http://fusionads.net/

    http://ecoki.com/iphone/
    In order, here are some comments about the site you have listed:

    The lkessel site is an old one, using extensive inline styling and tables for layout.

    The drshoshany site is made with a proprietary CMS from http://chiromatrix.com/ and also uses lots of inline styling and tables for layout.

    The fusionads site is a WordPress site, and actually does have the box layout you speak of, only the box is white, as is the background, so you can't see the box outline.

    The ecoki site is another WordPress site, built on a custom theme that uses a single large image for its background.
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