In my case there is pretty much a "tab-ception". There are a few sections that have their own child sections. Surfing from section to section (or child section to child section) is like using tabs. The main "tabs" are on top of the pages and the child "tabs" are currently on the right from the content. You are looking at a similar design right now.
I like my design. But I started to wander if it matters where the tabs are best placed: left, right or top (but never bottom, unless there are already the same tabs placed on the top). I personally think that the main tabs should be always on top, under the title of the page (I would accept other thoughts about this).
So, where and why should I place tabs in a site?