Feature #15112

Move our sidebar to the top

Added by sajolida 2017-12-26 22:47:09 . Updated 2020-05-01 15:36:10 .

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Having our sidebar placed on the right is quite uncommon for the web.

  • A better placement would be on the left, which is more common. This would also make the width of the page always consistent. See attachment.
  • An even better placement would be to use a top navigation bar which is the most common and the best practice nowadays. This would also liberate more width on all pages.



Feature #17629: Adjust the style of our "Donate" button to the topbar Resolved


Related issues

Related to Tails - Feature #7214: Have submenus Confirmed 2014-05-17
Related to Tails - Feature #7255: Identify which entries to put in a more complete menu Confirmed 2014-05-17
Blocks Tails - Bug #17431: Consider dropping the latest release version and date from the website sidebar Resolved


#1 Updated by intrigeri 2017-12-27 07:51:25

  • Subject changed from Move our sidebar on the left (or on the top) to Move our sidebar to the left (or to the top)
  • Description updated

#2 Updated by Anonymous 2018-01-18 17:40:58

I don’t think that having more width is something we want: the wider the lines to read are, the harder it becomes to read (as it makes it more difficult for the eye to find the start of the next line). It’s a typo/design no-go.

Having the sidebar on the left sounds good, and using a top menu bar with other important entries also seems to be the way to go.

For example, one could have on the top our main areas like “support”, “About” etc. and in a left sidebar you could have subthemes for each page. This would solve several problems at once: make the page not too long to scroll, make it honor readability rules and give people an overview of the themes they can browse. Both sidebar and topbar could be made “fixed” to the screen (if not on a mobile or small screen).

#3 Updated by Anonymous 2018-01-18 17:56:23

#4 Updated by Anonymous 2018-01-18 17:56:52

  • related to Feature #7255: Identify which entries to put in a more complete menu added

#5 Updated by sajolida 2018-02-01 21:15:39

I don’t want to make our lines longer. The extra width could be used on pages with a more complex layout like /contribute, maybe the homepage in the future, etc.

For example, on /donate we removed the sidebar and made a great use of the extra space without making our lines longer.

#6 Updated by sajolida 2018-05-05 15:09:43

During the user testing of the Additional Software beta:

  • 1 person never saw the sidebar. When asked, she said it was because she reads from left to right.
  • 2 people navigated to /doc/first_steps/startup_options/administration_password from /home using the link in the “Tails report for March, 2018” (after scrolling!) instead of using the sidebar.

#7 Updated by sajolida 2020-01-17 12:05:26

  • Assignee set to sajolida
  • Target version set to Tails_4.3
  • Deliverable for set to 341

I’ll do this while working on Feature #16537 for Sponsor 1.

#8 Updated by sajolida 2020-01-31 22:01:17

  • Status changed from Confirmed to In Progress

Prototype live on the website:

Links don’t work, I know :)

#9 Updated by anonym 2020-02-11 15:25:32

  • Target version changed from Tails_4.3 to Tails_4.4

#10 Updated by CyrilBrulebois 2020-03-12 09:55:46

  • Target version changed from Tails_4.4 to Tails_4.5

#11 Updated by sajolida 2020-03-12 18:41:47

  • Target version changed from Tails_4.5 to Tails_4.6

#12 Updated by sajolida 2020-03-20 22:27:51

  • Target version changed from Tails_4.6 to Tails_4.7

#13 Updated by sajolida 2020-04-17 20:20:09

  • Target version changed from Tails_4.7 to Tails_4.6

#14 Updated by sajolida 2020-04-23 17:27:44

  • Subject changed from Move our sidebar to the left (or to the top) to Move our sidebar to the top

#15 Updated by sajolida 2020-05-01 15:36:10

  • Status changed from In Progress to Resolved
  • Target version deleted (Tails_4.6)


@CyrilBrulebois, you’re going to love this: no more complete rebuild of the website when pushing a release! :)

#16 Updated by sajolida 2020-05-04 17:54:11

  • blocks Bug #17431: Consider dropping the latest release version and date from the website sidebar added