Jul 28 2008

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


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

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

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.

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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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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.

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.


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34-OS communications informatiques

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About the Author

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.


Comments and Discussions
  • David Hellmann, 28 July 2008

    Nice overview! And thx for post the MBW Page!

  • Adrian | Rubiqube, 28 July 2008

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

  • Lasha, 28 July 2008

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

  • acms, 28 July 2008

    Thanks, great resource.

  • coolactionfigure, 28 July 2008

    great checklist dude! keep shared.

  • PhilFreelance-Web, 28 July 2008

    This is a good collection for css layout!

  • antipix, 28 July 2008

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

  • bangbouh, 28 July 2008

    Very nice collection. Thanks!

  • Jim Dolittle, 28 July 2008

    Excellent! Nice tutorial. thanks for the examples.


  • Timothy Long, 28 July 2008

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

  • SoLinkable, 28 July 2008

    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, 28 July 2008

    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, 28 July 2008

    Very nice compilation of resources. Thank you.

  • Pavan Kumar, 28 July 2008

    Wow! A great tut, stumbled…

  • lokendra, 28 July 2008

    i like it it’s too fine

  • Gaurav Chandra, 28 July 2008

    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, 29 July 2008

    More great stuff! Always love reading your articles!

  • thoma, 29 July 2008

    Very useful list….

  • lil.D, 29 July 2008

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

  • mal, 29 July 2008

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

  • Todd Loren Sinclair, 29 July 2008

    Thanks for the great tips!

  • stelt, 29 July 2008

    You forgot how to use CSS on SVG

  • Twist Design, 29 July 2008

    Great resource as usual!! top drawer.

  • CheStyle, 29 July 2008

    Impressive collection. Bookmarked. Keep up the good job.

  • JSHAW, 29 July 2008

    Awesome Thansk!

  • josh, 29 July 2008

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

    well done

  • Max | Design Shard, 30 July 2008

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

  • onecss.com, 30 July 2008

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

  • Andy Gongea, 31 July 2008

    Nice collection. Kudos!

  • Htoo Tay Zar, 31 July 2008

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

  • bangbouh, 31 July 2008

    Well put together list. Thanks!

  • Rich, 02 August 2008

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

  • Fatih Güner, 03 August 2008

    this is a very good list, thanks for that

  • Eneza, 04 August 2008

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

  • Your Learning Tube, 05 August 2008

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

  • zacheos, 07 August 2008

    You forgot about mine!

  • Abe, 14 August 2008

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

  • Create Sean, 14 August 2008

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

  • Chris, 29 August 2008

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

  • CyeberFox, 11 November 2008

    Great resource.
    Many Thanks!

  • Rene, 18 November 2008

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

  • thinkflick, 26 November 2008

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

  • oktata, 21 November 2009


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

  • Sreedhar Adigopula, 12 May 2010

    Good Tips for CSS

  • Oscar, 02 August 2010

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

  • Louise Lambert, 28 September 2010

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

  • david, 23 October 2010

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

  • Brock Dyll, 05 November 2010

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

  • html5, 11 January 2011

    useful info. thanks..soon:)

  • Chandu, 07 March 2011

    Good dude…..plz post total css tutorials

  • Rodrick Mcquiston, 10 April 2011

    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, 11 April 2011

    these are really very gud designs… :)

  • Sree, 18 June 2011

    Great! Very useful…Thanks a lot

  • sachin sharma, 17 August 2011

    awesome…..really very nice man…

  • ric monteverde, 05 September 2011

    informative and really helpfull, keep it up!

  • Dennis savai, 05 October 2011

    nice and simple layouts that are easy to understand.

  • Beau, 30 November 2011

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

  • Henry, 09 February 2012

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

  • Daniyal, 20 February 2012

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

  • Mark, 26 March 2012

    Awesome resource. Thanks.

  • bennix, 20 April 2012

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

  • Paul, 03 June 2012

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

  • jitendra, 28 September 2012

    Thanx a lot…It’s very useful..

  • ISHRAT, 24 October 2012

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

  • raj, 17 November 2012

    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, 05 February 2013

    I appreciate! its so wonderful…

  • Andor Nagy, 07 February 2013

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

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