Which is the best blog/website layout? - 2 columns or 3 columns

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Most blogs nowadays have themes or templates that pre-determine the design and layout of a blog or site. The most common ones that I have seen and used are layouts that are presented in either two or three columns.
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Two column layout - So many blogs have this layout. It is well known and accepted
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Two column layout - More space for content. With the main content area bigger you have more space for content.
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Two column layout - Key content more visible: With the main content area bigger, it tends to be more visible
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Two column layout - Faster load time: With less information the site loads faster.
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Appears less cluttered – This is due to the wider sidebar area over the two thinner side bars of a three column layout. Appearances can be deceiving though.
#Two column layout
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More content above the fold – With a wider content column your readers will be able to see more content without the need to scroll.
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Centred content – With a three column layout the main content window is generally centred on the page. This feels better for me and is easier to read. A symmetrical balanced design.
#Three column layout
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Main content is longer – Generally you won’t have more content on your side bars than on your main content area. This sig­nif­i­cantly decreases the chance of your side­bars span­ning far­ther down the page than your con­tent area, and makes for a more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing experience.
#Three column layout
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More willing to scroll – People are more willing to scroll to read content than to read side bar information.
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More information on the side bar – A three column layout has more side bar real estate, allowing you to place more side bar information there.
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Regarding blog and website layouts, I'm definitely a huge fan of 2 column, but I've seen nice designs with both options and even more. I wonder if one is really more effective than the other, or it's just about personal preference?
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