Lots of modern websites have sidebars. The sidebar is the smaller of a two-column webdesign, usually used either for navigation or for secondary information. Sometimes, it’s on the left of the main column, sometimes it’s on the right.
Which is better?
This is something I’ve been flip flopping on for quite some time now. I decided to place it to the right, because I live in a part of the world where we read and decode information from the left to the right. As such it made sense to present primary information first. Even so, when Wikipedia has decided to place their sidebar to the left, it feels right.
One could argue that it’ll always be a question of deciding what information one wants to present first. In my experience though, once a website has been decoded and the basic mechanics interpreted, the smaller of two columns is always mentally classified: less important. Sometimes to an extent that it’s hard finding any information solely placed in the sidebar.
Where’s your preference: left, or right? Or none at all?