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CSS Galleries: Free Web Designs for Download

A visually appealing website design will not result in lots of recurring visitors if you don't have good content. In contrast bad, old-fashioned, or boring designs may well be accepted by a loyal readership if you have good content. To have both good content and a good design is invaluable.

People who want to publish on the web do not need any knowledge of HTML, CSS and the like to get a site up and running. Many providers offer one-click installs of systems such as Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla. Learning how to configure these systems will take some time but it is manageable.

As the headline tells this post is not about writing good content but about where to find good web designs that give your site a catchy look and feel.

Free Web design Galleries

All of the resources listed below offer free downloads, browsing and most of them search functions. Moreover there are previews for the designs, so you can test them in different browsers to see how they look and behave. When sites offer advanced functions such as filtering search results, I describe them briefly.

Open Web Design

Open Web Design offers an advanced search to restrict type of validation (various versions of HTML/XHTML strict, transitional), contrast (dark on light, light on dark), primary and secondary colors, and categories.

Open Web Design - Download Free Web Design Templates

Open Design Community

Open Design Community is a group of Open Source Website designers. They offer an advanced search to restrict type of validation (versions XHTML strict, transitional), license (Public Domain, GPL, Creative Commons), contrast (dark on light, light on dark), width (fixed, fluid), Number of columns, colors, designers and free search terms.

Open Design Community

CSS Design Templates

CSS Design Templates has sections for generic templates, Wordpress themes, Joomla, and Blogger templates.

Free CSS Templates and Wordpress Themes

Free CSS Templates

Free CSS Templates currently offers a small number of free generic and Joomla templates. Moreover they have sections linking design tutorials and about CSS techniques.

Free CSS Templates

Free CSS Templates

Another Site called free Free CSS Templates. Currently they do not offer a search so you might want to use Google's site search feature. Currently they have 192 free CSS templates for download.

Download free CSS templates

Open Source Web Design

Open Source Web Design currently offers more than 2000! free web design templates for download and live preview. Using the advanced search function you can set filters for type of validation (versions XHTML strict, transitional), whether images and CSS are used, contrast (dark on light, light on dark), Number of columns, and colors.

Open Source Web Design


Solucija is a site dedicated to information architecture, web standards and web design. They offer some truly professional looking free templates for download.

Free Templates

Open Source Templates

Open Source Templates offers download and preview of Open Source templates. Registered users can vote on templates. Templates with the highest vote appear on the front page.

Free CSS and XHTML Website Templates

Free CMS Themes and Templates

The web design resources listed above all offer generic templates for download. In this section I'll list some sites that offer templates and themes for Open Source content management, forum and blogging systems such as e107, Drupal, Joomla, Mambo, PHP-Fusion, phpBB, PHPNuke, vBulletin, Wordpress, and Xoops.


themesBase offers templates and themes for some of the most popular content management, blogging, and forum systems, each of which has it's own dedicated section.

Free CMS Templates and Themes for Download


OSSkins of Joomla templates, Drupal and Wordpress themes for download and preview. Each of these 3 systems has it's own dedicated section on the site.

Free Joomla templates, Drupal and Wordpress themes

Drupal Theme Garden

Drupal Theme Garden is a live showcase of themes available for Drupal 4.7.x and Drupal 5.x. Themes can be previewed on Theme Garden and downloaded from the linked Drupal theme project page.

Drupal Theme Garden

Wordpress Theme Viewer

Wordpress Theme Viewer offers live previews and downloads of Wordpress themes. You can set filters for Number of columns, colors, rounded corners, whether plugins are required and widgets can be used.

Wordpress Theme Viewer


This list is not all-embracing, but the resources listed are impressive and definitely worth checking out. If you are a designer yourself, you probably find new sources of inspiration. Enjoy these sites and the great free web designs they offer for download!

Recommended Web design Books

For those who want to create their own unique web design with HTML and CSS, and don't know where to start, I recommend these books, I enjoyed reading very much. The links below are affiliate links pointing to the respective Amazon book pages.

Super Links. Thank you!!!
Great selection, the open source ones are actually quite professional.
I didn't look through all the sites yet, but they do look good. Thanks.

Which site(s) can help with creating free forums? Templates or whatever.

Very nice thanks im trying to learn css and this helps alot when i can look to see how css can be applied
These are some great sites! thanks!

Another resource that provides free CSS templates can be found here: http://www.free-css-templates.co.uk/

There are over 600 templates that can be downloaded for free, all of them are based on CSS.

Geez I never knew there are so many nowadays. Great find and hopefully more are coming.
super links with superb designs! thanks a bunch!
great selection, now I don't have to start from scratch.
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Good list. You beat me to this post! I was going to do one very similar but perhaps I'll add quite a bit to mine and make it a mammoth list. MOOOHH HAH HAH HAH!! ;-)
Thx for this list. And even more templates sites u can find here. Maybe you find it useful : http://www.sharebrain.info/website-templates-c-52.html Greetings, thomas
There is another website with more than 50 free css templates You can download free css templates at http://www.getcsstemplates.com
there are many out there that provide cool templates, but the ones from www.drupal.org originally stand out.
Thanks man, just what I was looking for.

Web Design

Very nice list, used a couple of the sites before, always handy to have a few more for when you are trying to find that right one.
Thank you soooo much for this list. It has halped me out a lot. Keep up the great work!
free css list always good....but i found this post is very usefull..thanqs for the links
i need to publish a well designed website so i do know some about web designing that is why i can do everything as i like.
thats cool, but very rare valid multibrowser code can be found.
Nice CSS galleries, thankyou very much. This post really help me find good design for my projects.
Hi, very nice summary for free css files and design. I admit your work of collection them all together. Best regards Kirsten
Yup, the combination of good content and visually friendly website will make for repeat visitors. My buddy was running this gamer site that didn't look that great in the beginning but once he redesigned the viewers sky rocketed.
To my mind it is better to have both a well-written content and professional web design. That make your site perfect. What do you think?
Many thanks. This saves a lot of time. Some great designs, even one available for a realtor. Cheers, Irene
Thanks for the resources holmez :) *Bookmark*
Open Source Web Design has very cool designs aslo http://www.wordpressthemespark.com/ has many nice wordpress themes
Nice CSS galleries, thank you very much. This post really help me find good design for my projects.
i have a template i want to submit, can I post it here??
super links with superb designs! thanks.
Very good.Thanks
Thank you for the resources they should come in handy.
Another good resource that provides free css is http://csstemplatesforfree.com There are over 240 free css templates for download.
Wow, there are some great designs here. Thanks for sharing this great stuff with up. I have already started using one of them.
thank for sharing .Most of the links in this post is just great CSS website.Normally, I always go to themebase and Solucia .
This is a very very complete list. If I had 2 or 3 of these tools even 6 months ago a lot of time could have been saved. A great list for people who are just learning CSS. Thank you! This piece you’ve written was a joy to read and will undoubtedly help solidify what web design means to me.
Very nice post! Thank you very much, This has greatly helped my work flow. Tho my work is all custom, I enjoy looking through themes for inspiration / techniques. Take a look at Lautus Design and let me know what you think! I always enjoy constructive criticism. Best, Peter
CSS Galleries are very interesting and work of these galleries are useful.
Great various collection from my upcoming sites. Thanks a lot for the really cool gallery.