Recent web design styles have websites showcasing multiple sidebars. In many cases, you’ll see two sidebars – one on the left and one on the right. But you might often see both sidebars on the same side of the page as well. Then there are the three sidebar styles. Rarer, but still common.
The question must arise when you are designing your website, how many sidebars do you need? It’s no easy answer, but it is worth some consideration.
There are many different reasons for building a website with multiple sidebars. You’ll have to consider your website’s needs. And your audience’s needs and expectations. Do you have a lot of pages on your site that you could link to from one of your sidebars. How about several sister websites in the same family? Or do you sell links or advertising on your website?
Sometimes, webmasters add sidebars that aren’t necessary. They choose a web design because of it’s coolness factor and not because of practical concerns. The most important thing is to design a website that meets the needs of your users. Everything else is a matter of taste.