Fixed Width vs. Flexible Width vs. Responsive Layout

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    atlasanswers
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    In selecting a Theme for a website (not a blog), I need to know the differences between Fixed Width, Flexible Width and Responsive Layout. Does this refer to column width? (I need a center column with left and right side bars.) What, if anything, does it mean re viewing on different screens? It should also work on smart phones.

    The blog I need help with is atlasanswers.net.

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    timethief
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    Fixed means the width of the theme does not change according to screen resolution (or the width of browser) your visitors use.

    Fluid means the width of the theme changes according to screen resolution (or the width of browser) your visitors use.

    Responsive width means the the layout adapts depending on the size of the device being used to view your site. When responsive width themes are viewed on mobiles sidebars appear below the posts in order to provide as much space as possible for reading.

    The WordPress.com Theme team uses the “responsive-width” tag in the Themes Showcase to indicate which themes have this feature.

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