I’m going fixed width (pixel based) on all my Thesis sites because I don’t want them looking like just another apple in the Thesis barrel. Now, please read the argument and rationale.
I was having a conversation with another Thesis developer last week, talking about what we liked most and least about Thesis, when I realized that one of the things that bothered me the most had nothing to do with Thesis itself, but the people who used it. Â No, the problem isn’t that I personally dislike people who use Thesis.
Many people who use Thesis never get radical and make highly customized Web sites. Look at 100 random Web sites built with Thesis and you’ll probably find 80 of them very “Thesisy”; that is, the sites all have a common look or pattern to them because most of the default design options haven’t been changed very much. To change-up the common Thesis look, people need to learn some new tricks or hire the people that know the tricks. (I’m not going to link to examples of Thesisy sites because that wouldn’t be fair.)
Why is this Thesis pattern of Web design propagating across the Web? There’s a simple explanation, I think. People have the misperception that Thesis is a theme, though it does have some theme features (the design options). Thesis is really a framework (Wikipedia entry for framework). The Wikipedia entry details 4 elements of a framework:
- inversion of control
- default behavior
- non-modifiable framework code
By that criteria, Thesis is a framework; however, in addition to a default behavior, Thesis includes default design elements that are too irresistible not to use. If there was a framework purity test, the design options in Thesis would probably be out.
This is why I’m going with fixed width (pixel based) Thesis sites: because I can. And hardly anybody else it doing it. Thesis is a framework; I’ll do the design, thank you.
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