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Website Backgrounds: 70+ Impressive Trends, How To’s & Best Practices

February 8th, 2009

Web designers compete to impress visitors with distinctive and appealing visual elements. Background images are one of those visual elements that when designed properly, can create an amazing atmosphere and convey the style the designer has chosen.

In this post you will see how web designers carefully created background images to achieve their goals in engaging and facilitating the design elements and content.

We have hand-picked different background image trends and tutorials you can use to create an amazing background images for your upcoming website design.

You might enjoy reading these posts:


How to Get the Following 14 Backgrounds?

1. Vigit Inspire Background

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How To » How To: Make the Viget Inspire Background

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How To » Create a Nature Inspired Painted Background in Photoshop

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2. Wefunction Background

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How To » Photoshop Paper Texture from Scratch then Create a Grungy Web Design with it!

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3. SpoutCreative

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How To » Realistic Stone Texture

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4. Sony Bokeh Effect

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How To » Awesome digital bokeh effect in Photoshop

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5. Goodbytes light Effect

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How To » Abduzeedo Job Board banner in Fireworks

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How To » Crazy Cool Vectors in Illustrator and Photoshop

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6. Hereslifeafrica Torn Paper Background

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How To » Create a Realistic Torn Paper Effect in Photoshop

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7. Amuki Old Paper Background

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How To » Creating Old Paper With Custom Brushes

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8. Studio7designs Polar Lights Effect Background

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How To » Polar Lights Effect

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9. AdaptD Retro Rainbow Color Background

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How To » Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Your Photographs

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10. Okb’s Beams of light Background

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How To » Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Your Photographs

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How To » Create Intense Light Streaks

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11. Jared Campbell’s Vintage Background

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How To » Create a Wicked-Worn Vintage Pop Art Design

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12. Bart-Jan Verhoef’s Worn out Background

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How To » Make it Worn

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13. Boompa’s super colorul background

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How To » Painted Photo Manipulation

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14. Starbuckscoffeeathome’s Hand Written background

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How To » Pencil It In

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Creating your own Background

Create a magical rainbow color flame in Photoshop

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“One of the things I’ve seen around quite a bit lately is a transparent rainbow gradient effect on a dark background. It seems to me that flashy transparent gradients are in these days. They make me think about magic. Today I’ll show you how you can create a magical rainbow color flame.”

Simple organic shapes the Illustrator way

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Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

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Large Website Backgrounds Do’s and Don’ts

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How to: CSS Large Background

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How to Create an Ice-cold Poster with 3D Text

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How To Make An Awesome Grungy Paper Texture From Scratch

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How a Simple Layout Can Be Mixed ‘n’ Matched with Patterns, Photos and Backgrounds

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Trendy Geometric Lines

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Stunning Website Backgrounds

Instead of doing your own testing, below are some useful and time saving tools to help you play with web typography and make your own choices by giving you a real-time preview of many available CSS font properties.

DeftCreative

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GreenglobeIdeas

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Friends of 42

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Istokpavlovic

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Matt Dempsey

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DesignDisease

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WorkAtPlay

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Nine Lion Design

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Mdxinteractive

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Retinart

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Nom Milk today

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Prowseed

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AgamiCreative

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Tnvacation

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Ronnypries

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Digitalmash

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BlkMtnStudio

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StudioRacket

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OakesDesign

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OldLoft

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ArtMetal

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45Royale

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R0man

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Drvo u mom dvoristu

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Mindnever

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OrganicSupermarket

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HutchHouse

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Dundeeliving 404 Page

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Tohavit

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Edit Studios

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DawgHouseDesignStudio

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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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matthew duerksen
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7 years 2 months ago

Great lineup! A lot of different things going on!

Thank you!

Antonio Lupetti
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7 years 2 months ago

Great list!

Simon [webdemar]
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7 years 2 months ago

Thanks for the great list!

Hercules
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7 years 2 months ago

Amazing and useful list, great work.

Joffrey
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7 years 2 months ago

Wow, stunning!

Gennice
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7 years 2 months ago

Excellent list! Thanks so much for sharing such a big and useful list of tuts. Needed this for redesign on my blog.

joyoge designers' bookmark
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7 years 2 months ago

great list thanks..

Vladimir
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7 years 2 months ago

Great list!

demogar
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7 years 2 months ago

Great list, no doubt!

Brayza
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Brayza
7 years 2 months ago

Awesome article, but why is it that all the really cool backgrounds and colours etc are only used on “portfolio/blog” websites?

RubineBoy
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7 years 2 months ago

Other businesses tend to chicken out on expressive or very special designs. They are afraid of pushing the edge I think.

farah
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farah
7 years 2 months ago

cool!! i really love this! thanks hey~ (^-^)v

Brandon Cox
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7 years 2 months ago

Wow! What a post – impressive, and almost intimidating. Gotta get to work on some backgrounds now!

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7 years 2 months ago

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Kevin
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7 years 2 months ago

Great post with lots of sites I haven’t seen before -very inspirational.

ravindra
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7 years 2 months ago

superb job thank for list. look here 5000+ Color Gradients Set For Photoshop .

insicdesigns
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7 years 2 months ago

nice list!

john
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7 years 2 months ago

I thank you for the help it is really a very good article
Especially for beginners like me
Thanks!

Andris
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7 years 2 months ago

good job. thanx for the great list.

Andrea
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Andrea
7 years 2 months ago

This is great! Thanks for the inspiration!

Aravind Jose T.
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7 years 2 months ago

I could well understand the amount of work done behind this.

You gone a step ahead and gave us some designs and then told us how to do that. Really Supreme.

I like that touch !

yugu - dzineblog.com
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7 years 2 months ago

This is one Awesome list – three cheers

poin47
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7 years 2 months ago

this is probably the best list of great tuts that I found for a long long time. great work!!

Frog
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7 years 2 months ago

Nice list thx

Thomas
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7 years 2 months ago

Great list Noura

suresh
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7 years 2 months ago

Excellent. Very nice collection.
Thanks for sharing. forwarded to friends.

Paul Anthony
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7 years 2 months ago

As usual – a brilliant roundup Noura. Great stuff.

Patternhead
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7 years 2 months ago

Another great list, thanks for sharing.

JohnONolan
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7 years 2 months ago

Amazing post, bookmarked this one for definite future use!

Manu
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7 years 2 months ago

Great list

Thank you

DK
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7 years 2 months ago

Wonderful Collection!
Thanks
DK

Richard S Davies
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7 years 2 months ago

Just amazing, thanks!

Chris Spooner
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7 years 2 months ago

Awesome post, great idea of combining real-world examples with online tutorials!

Doug Avery
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7 years 2 months ago

We at Viget also wrote our own tutorial on making the backgound. You can read it here. Design Reviver did a great job with their tutorial, too, I’d recommend reading both.

Noupe
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7 years 2 months ago

I am not sure how i missed this one, i have came across it before and found it very useful.
Just added it to the post now.
Thanks Doug :)

Aditya
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7 years 2 months ago

Thanks a lot :)

dp
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7 years 2 months ago

Wow, great list!

Jeromy
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7 years 2 months ago

One Word Noupe…..

WOW!!!!

As always a list not likely to be beat!

Regards,

Jeromy

Jasper
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7 years 2 months ago

Thanks, great list!
I’m definitely going to try some of these tutorials!

Nikhil Shahane
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7 years 2 months ago

Epic post.. very very helpful. Thanks!

Eric Shafer
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7 years 2 months ago
CPG
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7 years 2 months ago

Photoshop Open ! Go…

Drake
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Drake
7 years 2 months ago

Awesome post, I wish someone would write a how to on the background for 365 Days of Astronomy. Anyone know where I could find one?

Mike Johnson
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7 years 2 months ago

Awesome list! I’ve already checked out a few of the tutorials.

conrado
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7 years 2 months ago

Thank you!

Whizkid
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7 years 2 months ago

Awesome !!!
I m lovin it.

Ben Higham
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7 years 2 months ago

Amazing list. Some very inspiring work in there.

myows
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7 years 2 months ago

beautiful list – thanks for sharing,
very inspiring indeed !

zaiah
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7 years 2 months ago

AWESOME!!! This is exactly what the doctor ordered. So many sites have wonderful examples of creative, innovative and modern work. But few of them show you have to create your own!!! Thanks and please keep them coming!

Abrishca Digital Media
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7 years 2 months ago

What a massive list! Might take a while to get through, but plenty of inspiration to be gained. Thanks.

Gis
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7 years 2 months ago

WooaOAooOAaa!! Crazy amount of inspiration!!
Thaaank you :D

aravind
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7 years 2 months ago

Amazing post. :)

Jesse Korzan
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7 years 2 months ago

Thanks from me and the crew at Work at Play for including our site on this great list.

Stacy Allen Hummel
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7 years 2 months ago

Wow, I am honored to even be mentioned alongside some of these amazing designs. Great list and great post. Thanks!

not2comply
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7 years 2 months ago

Cool..

thanx for the list…..

Keep up the good works.

Timothy
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7 years 2 months ago

Really good post. Thanks

mr. tunes
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7 years 2 months ago

quality publishing right here! thank you

eddie
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7 years 2 months ago

I am always trying to make a awesome background as a site’s header
thank you for this post~

GoodBytes.be
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7 years 2 months ago

Great list! And many thanks for including us as well, we really appreciate it.

GoodBytes

Multidesign
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7 years 2 months ago

Impressive!

evan
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7 years 2 months ago

wow! stunning! hehe its so big it made my fancy computer lag! haha

good work :)

saurabh shah
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7 years 2 months ago

nice quality post … thnks for sharing

Amber Weinberg
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7 years 2 months ago

Awesome resources!

blogsarticle
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7 years 2 months ago

Impressive!

Ralph
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7 years 2 months ago

There are many great Websides. Thank you for your hard work to colect this many websides. Ralph

Miles Tinsley
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7 years 2 months ago

Wow. This is such a rich resource that gives an interesting snapshot of current web desgin trends. Inspiring stuff…

sean steezy
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7 years 1 month ago

thank you. this is such a great site, glad i found it and RSS’d this stuff. thanks!

Ganesh
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7 years 1 month ago

Superb, designs !! Thank you NOUPE !

Jamie Allsop
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7 years 1 month ago

These are some really great examples of creative design here. I do really like Digitalmash, it has a simple layout and the part I like about it the most is the images in the middle, it is just different to what you normally see. I mean they are all great but that one just stuck out from the rest of them. This is a really useful resource for inspiration.

Business
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Business
6 years 6 months ago

I see a lot of sites where the text will be a light gray and the background is white – err! That’s very annoying and hard to read.

Devin Walker
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6 years 5 months ago

Great list, I love transparency in web design.

Alan T
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6 years 4 months ago

Great list – my site is so dull in comparison it’s very depressing

yashodhan deshmukh
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5 years 11 months ago

its gud I like it as all the about guies

Harold Johnson
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5 years 9 months ago

Great point, terrific website. Listen, did you guys read about Blizz looking to use Real ID on the online community? It seems they recognized that that is no way to win at wow, as they reversed their decision. Now we can all go back to playing wow without having to worry about compromised privacy. And they can go back to working on Starcraft. BooYAH!

Merrill Wilt
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5 years 5 months ago

Will be blogengine superior to wp for some reason? Needs to be as it would be starting to be popluar of late.

Media Chandler
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5 years 3 months ago

Thanks good looking stuff..

dp
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dp
4 years 6 months ago

Let me first start by saying I am def no expert! Every time I try and create a background like the above Tnvacation the background moves around when I change my screen resolution. For instance in the Tnvacation (if I create that) and I changed the screen resolution lower the background image would shrink towards the center of the screen. So you wouldn’t be able to see the phone, guy singing or the stuff at the top. It would be behind the DIV page. How does on correct that issue?

Thanks

dp
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dp
4 years 6 months ago

Well I figured out its just my body div getting larger and cover up more of my background. How do I stop that from happening?

Zaib Khan
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4 years 4 months ago

wow i really like all the collection. Thanks for sharing

Dreamcatcher Studio
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4 years 4 months ago

i love the how to section, great idea

Kuda
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4 years 22 days ago

I must admit, I always vie drought liked the retro theme, actually … papyrus parchment. But all of these variations is extremely effective and beautiful.

Izrada sajta
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4 years 22 days ago

Very impressive themes that are used in a very creative use of sites. The freedom of art is here to reveal the full effect. Thank you!

Jonathan Scialpi
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3 years 9 months ago

Cool Ideas. I’m in dire need of a new background for a site.

Aleksandar
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3 years 7 months ago

Istok Pavlovic has great design. Breat look for the blog.

ibnu
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3 years 1 month ago

I think these backgrounds too complicated, Is there any simple background but looks professional?

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