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CSS Layouts: 40+ Tutorials, Tips, Demos and Best Practices

July 28th, 2008

The main idea behind CSS-based layouts is offering more flexibility and enhancing the visual experience of visitors. Some important tips and related key-factors can help to learn basics and keep essential techniques in mind. And this is what this article is all about. Finding the perfect Layout that have Total Flexibility, Equal Height Columns and just works fine.

So we’ve decided to take a deep look at articles about CSS-based layouts and the result was a list of 40 tutorials, resources and best practices offering gorgeous and valid CSS-based Layouts.


You might be interested to check other CSS related posts:

CSS Layout Tutorials

1-Three column fixed layout structure using CSS– This post explains how to realize an HTML/CSS basic structure to design a simple three column fixed page layout with standard elements (logo top bar, navigation bar, text stage, center column for post categories and right column to insert Google AdSense 120X600 ads), to use in your projects.

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2-Design page layout using CSS– How to design page’s layout for your site using a css file.

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3-How To Create a Horizontally Scrolling Site– Different techniques for creating horizontally scrolling layouts.

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4-Super Simple Two Column Layout– Different techniques for creating horizontally scrolling layouts.

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5-Simple 2 column CSS layout– This is a tutorial on how to use CSS to create a simple two column layout. The layout consists of a header, a horizontal navigation bar, a main content column, a sidebar, and a footer. It is also horizontally centered in the browser window.

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6-The holy grail layout – 3 columns and a lot less problems – This is a article discuss the three columns – two fixed-width sidebars and a fluid center column, all while keeping the markup clean and semantic, and most importantly well structured.

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7-CSS Centering 101– How to center a fixed-width layout using CSS

<body>
  <div id="container">
    ...entire layout goes here...
  </div>
</body>

Using CSS, the following two rules force whatever is contained within #container to be centered:

body {
  text-align: center;
  }
#container {
  margin: 0 auto;
  width: xxxpx;
  text-align: left;
  }

8-Creating a CSS layout from scratch– This guide will attempt to take you step by step, through the process of creating a fully functioning CSS layout.

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9-Multi-Column Layouts Climb Out of the Box– Multiple columns, equal column heights, fixed or liquid center column, clean markup, and CSS.

css layouts


10- In search of the One True Layout– Total Layout Flexibility, Equal Height Columns, Vertical placement of elements across grids/columns. This article shows how to achieve each of these goals, and then how to combine them, creating what could be called the One True Layout

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11-From PSD to HTML, Building a Set of Website Designs Step by Step-The entire process of getting from Photoshop to completed HTML.

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12- 5 Tips for coding xhtml/css layouts– These are few tips that could help you out in the transition from table-based web design to standards compliant css based layouts.


13-Designing a CSS based template– This is the start of a step-by-step based tutorial about how to create a CSS based template page. This will be a tutorial consisting of several parts: part 1 covers the creation of the navigation buttons in Photoshop CS*, the 2nd part will be the creation of the background, next on the list is the header and layout of the page and the final part will be the implementation in CSS and XHTML.

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14-Breaking Out of the Box With CSS Layouts– If you understand how the grid works, you can fracture or abstract that grid to make your layout more dynamic and interesting. In achieving this goal (while supporting flexibility and maintainability), CSS designs have so much more to offer than table-based layouts. Jina Bolton explains how to acheive this goal.

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15-Advanced CSS Layouts: Step by Step– The ultimate goal of this tutorial is to create a CSS layout that exactly resembles the WebReference.com layout made with tables and also behaves well with small window sizes and large fonts.

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16-6 Keys to Understanding Modern CSS-based Layouts
These are the six things that will help people understand CSS-based layouts: Box Model, Floated Columns, Sizing Using Ems, Image Replacement, Floated Navigation and Sprites.


17-Are you making these common blog layout mistakes?
Discussing 4 mistakes in basic blog layout are all too common and all too easy to fix.


18-Page Layout
A practical guide for positioing and floating elements in a CSS page layout.


19-Site in an Hour– Making Simple Work of Complex CSS Layouts

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The best Layouts Resources

Most of these demonstrations can be used without asking for permission. However, some will require email approval first. Just check each site for the copyright requirements before use.

20-Sample CSS Page Layouts– Here are a range of CSS page layouts, including 2 column and 3 column layouts.

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21-The Perfect 3 Column Liquid Layout (Percentage widths)– No CSS hacks. SEO friendly. No Images. No JavaScript. Cross-browser & iPhone compatible.

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22-CSS TEMPLATES AND SAMPLES

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23-IM Layouts– IM Layouts is a simple CSS layout system. IM Layouts offer full Grade-A browser support.

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24-CSSplay – CSS Layout Listing

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25-Layoutgala – Getting the maximum number of layouts based on the same markup, each with valid CSS and HTML, without hacks nor workaround and a good cross-browser compatibility. The result is a set of 40 layouts.

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26-Glish– Many useful cross-browser CSS layout techniques

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27-Thenoodleincident– CSS Boxes going from a simple single box, through 3 columns with a full width top box, all with variations.

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28-The Layout Reservoir– Many useful CSS layout techniques

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29-The only CSS layout you need– In this article you are presented to ten different layouts with example pages, all based on the same HTML.

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30-Yet Another Multicolumn Layout– is an (X)HTML/CSS framework for creating modern and flexible floated layouts. The structure is extremely versatile in its programming and absolutely accessible for end users.

  • Download YAML here.

31-Liquid Designs– Liquid Designs is a gallery of websites designed with liquid layouts using XHTML and CSS


Best Practices

Also if you are looking for inspiration for CSS-based layout designs, you will find a nice collection of websites below. These sites show how css layouts can be applied on various type of sites. Check out how the layout can be divided into 2 columns, 3 columns, a mixture of narrow and wide columns.

32-Helldesign

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33-Silverbackapp

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34-OS communications informatiques

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35-Rockatee

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136-Darrenhoyt

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37-Makebetterwebsites

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38-Elitetheme

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39-Studio7designs

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40-Brightcreative

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The jungle is alive: Be it a collaboration between two or more authors or an article by an author not contributing regularly. In these cases you find the Noupe Editorial Team as the ones who made it. Guest authors get their own little bio boxes below the article, so watch out for these.

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David Hellmann
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8 years 2 months ago

Nice overview! And thx for post the MBW Page!

Mohsen`
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8 years 2 months ago
Adrian | Rubiqube
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8 years 2 months ago

Great selection! I’m sure these links will come in handy. ;)

Lasha
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8 years 2 months ago

Great list of resources. These will definitely come in handy when I am working on websites. Thanks!

acms
Guest
8 years 2 months ago

Thanks, great resource.

coolactionfigure
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8 years 2 months ago

great checklist dude! keep shared.

PhilFreelance-Web
Guest
8 years 2 months ago

This is a good collection for css layout!

antipix
Guest
8 years 2 months ago

i’m always surprised when you find french website…
were you lost ?

bangbouh
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8 years 2 months ago

Very nice collection. Thanks!

Jim Dolittle
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Jim Dolittle
8 years 2 months ago

Excellent! Nice tutorial. thanks for the examples.

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Timothy Long
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8 years 2 months ago

you guys are doing what i wish smashing magazine still did: creating ultra-useful lists and best of’s. keep it up.

SoLinkable
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8 years 2 months ago

Excellent collection. CSS can sometimes be difficult to just jump into without any prior knowledge. Its nice to have a handy resource to use.

United Voices
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8 years 2 months ago

I’m always on a lookout for to increase my CSS experience and resources. Thanks for this article. Definitely will be of quite a help for me.

Sangesh
Guest
8 years 2 months ago

Very nice compilation of resources. Thank you.

Pavan Kumar
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8 years 2 months ago

Wow! A great tut, stumbled…

lokendra
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8 years 2 months ago

i like it it’s too fine

Gaurav Chandra
Guest
8 years 2 months ago

Even though I am already into web designing for quite a long time, this information is still helpful upto a large extent.

Richard E. Poulin III
Guest
8 years 2 months ago

More great stuff! Always love reading your articles!

thoma
Guest
8 years 2 months ago

Very useful list….

lil.D
Guest
8 years 2 months ago

Thanks a lot for your efforts, such a useful post! and nice examples

mal
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Just bookmarked it.
Good list, but some pieces are old and have been on many lits like these before.

Todd Loren Sinclair
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Thanks for the great tips!

stelt
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

You forgot how to use CSS on SVG

Twist Design
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Great resource as usual!! top drawer.

CheStyle
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Impressive collection. Bookmarked. Keep up the good job.

JSHAW
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Awesome Thansk!

josh
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

great roundup of layouts and a superb job of explaining by drawing on white paper.

well done

Max | Design Shard
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

verry good collection, could come in handy.
Thanks
Max | Design Shard

onecss.com
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Excelent. You should take a look here also: http://www.onecss.com
Thank you

Andy Gongea
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Nice collection. Kudos!

Htoo Tay Zar
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Another Great CSS Collection. Really Useful for CSS newbies like me. Thanks a lot

bangbouh
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Well put together list. Thanks!

Rich
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Great Tips! Designers looking for an FTP replacement tool may have interest in: http://www.singlewrench.com

Fatih Güner
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

this is a very good list, thanks for that

Eneza
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Truly, Beautiful list. I will use this… The Bright Creative is quite interesting!

Your Learning Tube
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Nice tutorials, perhaps you could post them on Yobler as well

zacheos
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8 years 1 month ago

You forgot about mine!

Abe
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Wow…. Great list, thanks.
Bookmarked it for later :)

Create Sean
Guest
8 years 1 month ago

Wow! fantastic list, lots of reading material and inspiration.

Chris
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8 years 30 days ago

Thank your for this useful selection. I`ll bookmarked it. :)

CyeberFox
Guest
7 years 10 months ago

Great resource.
Many Thanks!

Rene
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7 years 10 months ago

Some very interesting layouts, I’m sure they will come in handy.

thinkflick
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7 years 10 months ago

Thanks for sharing. You are really working hard for us.

oktata
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oktata
6 years 10 months ago

adadada

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6 years 5 months ago

These really helped me to build my homepage, I can really appreciated if people take some time and write a usefull tutorial.

Sreedhar Adigopula
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6 years 4 months ago

Good Tips for CSS

Oscar
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6 years 1 month ago

I had to redesign a client website. I recycled the CSS & XHTML and made things so much easier and effecient.

Louise Lambert
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6 years 18 hours ago

Found this site on Ask Jeeves and I’ll be back .

david
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5 years 11 months ago

nice tutorial it help me but i have a lot of question to make web dynamic…?

Brock Dyll
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5 years 10 months ago

This is actually one of the improved reports with those who I have read on the following subject lately. Fantastic function.

html5
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5 years 8 months ago

useful info. thanks..soon:)

Chandu
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Chandu
5 years 6 months ago

Good dude…..plz post total css tutorials

Rodrick Mcquiston
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5 years 5 months ago

I had been therefore discouraged beacuse I couldn`t solve this problem. Then i found your site in the search engines as well as problem is resolved. Thanks!

Max
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5 years 5 months ago

these are really very gud designs… :)

Sree
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Sree
5 years 3 months ago

Great! Very useful…Thanks a lot

sachin sharma
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sachin sharma
5 years 1 month ago

awesome…..really very nice man…

ric monteverde
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5 years 24 days ago

informative and really helpfull, keep it up!

Dennis savai
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4 years 11 months ago

nice and simple layouts that are easy to understand.

Beau
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4 years 9 months ago

Nice tutorials. I love the liquid layouts. Very useful!

Henry
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4 years 7 months ago

Good collection!! SEO optimized layouts will be one step ahead.. :)

Daniyal
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Daniyal
4 years 7 months ago

hmmm…good website…i should definitely try some of these technique

Mark
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4 years 6 months ago

Awesome resource. Thanks.

bennix
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4 years 5 months ago

Excellent this is what I am looking for.Thanks a lot…:)

Paul
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4 years 3 months ago

Great! This is what i am looking for.
Now layouts in css is much more easy for me :)

jitendra
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4 years 1 day ago

Thanx a lot…It’s very useful..

ISHRAT
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ISHRAT
3 years 11 months ago

it’s very helpful ………………thanks a lot…. :)

raj
Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Each and every step in this css layout tutorial,you setup a live example this is amazing tutorial for all web designers specially super like tutorial for newbie designers.Thank you very much for sharing.

abalijay
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abalijay
3 years 7 months ago

I appreciate! its so wonderful…

Andor Nagy
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3 years 7 months ago

Great templates! I’m deffinatly going to use them for my future works!

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