This Site of the Day caught my attention for a very simple reason: It’s center-aligned and pretty much one column. An individual content area might have multiple columns within it, but there’s no main sidebar running parallel to the content. This might not seem like such a radical approach, but the site’s effectiveness made me reconsider my reflex to put a sidebar on every website I design.
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