If you didn’t know CSS is a web development coding language that controls the look and design of a website. CSS can be held in an external sheet where your website can call from HTML. This coding language is more efficient, renders faster, and easier to change your design in the future.
If you are looking for information on CSS and how this new coding language is a better option than using a HTML table layout. You can read our CSS vs Tables debate.
Free CSS Template Roundup
When looking for a website template, some simple CSS templates could be your best. They can save a lot of time and get your project rolling. Here are some of the places I have found to offer a great select of free CSS templates that you can download and use on your website and/or blog today.
All of these sites have a selection of free templates. If you can't find what you are looking for, most have some that are better quality but will require an additional cost.
There are a hand full of templates that are also responsive and mobile ready to give you a huge head start in your development.
CSS isn't the Only Way
There has always been a fight between keeping the standard way of web developing using tables and moving towards CSS. These days CSS is in control and getting more popular. Web developers that stay using tables will make beautiful websites. On the flipside, CSS can make unbelievable websites. CSS can do things that were not possible with tables. CSS will become the standard way of developing websites and you have a better chance with CSS in the future.
Why use a Template?
You don't have to use a template, most developers make their own templates from scratch. The reason for this is because CSS templates can make your job quicker and easier. There is more of a demand for web developers to design new sites or redesign old. There is nothing wrong with using a template, but no template will give you exactly what you want. Starting with a template and manipulating it to what you want, might be better than starting from scratch. Sometimes it's not. Try to evaluate your time to start from scratch and what it would take to manipulate a pre-made template. Then choose the one that will take less time.
Web 2.0 Design
This buzz word called Web 2.0 has really no meaning, but its definition is having a cleaner web design. It consists of your glassy icons, round corners, reflections and pastel colors. More importantly it implements white space and controlled content. Say good bye to flashing graphics, busy websites, and bright colors. They won’t be missed.
This is One Route to Go
If you are planning your own web design, here are some articles that will help you get your thought process going, Website Brainstorming and Website Storyboarding. Once you have your web design figured out, the web development part is easy. It’s just putting the pieces together.