Ragequit the Sidebar

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Let me preface this extended rant by simply stating up front that I am wrong. This is an oversimplification of a UI/UX opinion that is subjective at best. Over the past decade I have learned to loathe the traditional sidebar with a seething prejudice. Now, that isn’t to say that a website that has a sidebar is bad, or one without one is good. There is no end all be all rule to design; everything can change based on your perspective.

I am talking about one specific type of sidebar here; the blog sidebar. It is usually filled to the teeth with useless links that most people don’t both to glance twice at: recent posts, banner ads, archives, and social uselessness.

That isn’t to say these things aren’t helpful or even a necessary evil sometimes. At the end of the day I really just want to challenge myself to think of a better way of handling these problems. The sidebar has become the junk drawer of web design, and I think it is time to organize it.