As a web-developer you don’t have to re-invent the wheel all the time. If it just has to work, and has to be valid, and has to have a nice, visually appealing design hierarchy, you just can use css-techniques developed in the web-dev-community over the last few years. If you take a look around, you’ll find many templates, which include basic (X)HTML/CSS-markup.
You can start from there, learning and exploring the possibilities of CSS and modifying templates for your exquisite taste. Below you’ll find a list of resources which offer free, gorgeous and valid CSS-based templates - usually with images and full layout structure, such as headers, navigation bars, content containers, sidebars and footers.
Usually developers require a link to the site where the template was downloaded from. So before using these templates it might be useful to take a look at the license agreement the developer provides. Links checked: June/19 2008.
(X)HTML- and CSS-Templates
- Open Source Templates
15 impressive templates
Hundreds of templates and layouts of all possible kinds.
A huge collections with search- and sort-functions. With annoying advertisement.
23 layouts and design solutions
Stu Nicolls presents dozens of free professional layouts. Sometimes a permission to use layouts is required.
Beautiful liquid 3-col-layout.
Seven variations of one template, incl. style guides as .pdf-files.
- Six Shooter Media
- Yahoo! UI Library: Grids CSS
A complex solution for many problems you might ever have: grid design is a principle well-known from image editors and layout tools.
- CSS Design Templates
- ThreeColumnLayouts, by CSS Discuss
Collection of 3-column-templates, gathered from a dozen of sources on the Web.
- CSS Intensivstation
Small collection for personal web-sites
- CSS Frames Layouts
Frames are also possible with CSS
98 (X)HTML-based CSS-templates
6 templates and various layouts with 2-4 columns.
- Jimmy Lin
8 simple templates
- Layout Gala
40 professional Layouts for fresh and serious online-presentations.
- Little Boxes
16 Layouts, classic.