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rkscott launches www.kennysmusic.co.uk on magento
 
rkscott
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UK musical instrument site http://www.kennysmusic.co.uk - clean, with solid colours, in keeping with in-store vibe.  Fluid layout, to accommodate varying screen widths.  minified, but further optimization once 1.3 is launched…

 
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Tony Montezuma
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How was this fluidic layout?
I am trying to do for a client but the right column will go down.

 
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rkscott
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Tony,

I’ve had a few PMs asking that…
Mostly down to CSS trickery, negative margins and all that good stuff....
The layout was based on Matthew Levine’s excellent http://www.alistapart.com/articles/holygrail/ article
In order to get magento squeezed into this though, you’ll need to add a div or two to the main container phtml
Once thats done, you’ll need to mod the grid table so that it fills up the middle div, and set some min-width’s
A bit of cross-browser tweeking and hey presto wink

The same result could be acheived using javascript, or (if your really up for a challenge) flash.

Apart from the fluid layout, the http://www.kennysmusic.co.uk site is also highly optimised:

Now running smoothly on magento 1.3 with flat category and product tables enabled.
combined and minified js and css
apache mod_deflate set to compress everything except images
css sprites
low http request count
duplicate scripts removed
etags disabled
ga.js hosted locally
modified expires
optimised graphic file sizes
magento cache directory in RAM (solaris tmpfs)
mysql tables partition is on a dedicated hard drive (but 4GB Ram and tuned my.ini settings mean it shouln’t be too busy)

Site is served from one of our dedicated Sun Sunfire V215 servers (on Gigabit ports to LINX)

This gives a current YSlow Performance Grade: B (86) (No CDN required, as site is targeted at the UK).

Later this week, I’m hoping to improve things a little, by reducing unprimed cache http requests still further.

Regards

Keith

 
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Tony Montezuma
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Hi Keith

Thanks for your reply.
We analyzed the site http://www.kennysmusic.co.uk/, and saw that it was configured with 2 columns right, the question is:
How to put the left column?
Anyway, your suggestion of setting the CSS seems to work, I will test it and return the result.

Regards

Tony

 
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