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The 5 Best Resources for CSS Templates

written by: Cheryl Conley•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 8/26/2009

CSS templates are quick frameworks from which web developers can construct web pages. They can also serve as "training wheels" for beginning site designers looking for a practical way to learn CSS. This article describes the five best resources for free and commercial CSS templates.

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    Free CSS Templates

    The web sites that follow offer free CSS templates. Each site and template has its own license requirements. Make sure to read the licenses carefully before using.

    • has 144 CSS templates from which to choose. Because different designers contribute to the site, each template has an unique stamp. The various web sites include corporate, personal, blog, and creative. The templates are licensed through the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.

    • Templates Rain
      Templates Rain has 39 CSS templates setup for a variety of businesses. Most of the major industries are represented. The license prohibits distribution to a third party, use for web sites engaging in illegal activities, and inclusion in company or freelancer portfolio.

    • offers 50 CSS templates. The designs are colorful and creative. As an added bonus, many of the templates come with step-by-step tutorials. The licensing differs with each template.

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    Commercial CSS Templates

    The following web sites offer CSS templates for a fee. The templates can be modified with a text editor or one of the major web development software packages. Most companies provide a tableless XHTML layout file, CSS stylesheet, and Photoshop file with accompanying images. Some may also provide a table-based HTML layout file and fonts. Various price ranges are included. All of the templates are of high quality.

    • Template Monster
      Template Monster has 2,942 CSS templates available as of this writing. Every conceivable industry and genre is represented. Whatever you need. They have it. The regular prices range from $60 to $66. The company has unique buyout prices for individuals who want exclusive rights to a particular template. Those prices range from $1500 to $2900.

    • has 809 CSS templates, encompassing business and personal designs. The layouts vary in complexity and color scheme. The templates range in price from $25.99 to $29.99.

    • Theme Forest
      Theme Forest has a collection of 386 CSS templates. Some of which come with multiple layouts and/or additional color schemes. The templates are priced from $10 to $15.

    • has 34 well-designed CSS templates. Regular prices are from $40 to $58; and buyout prices are from $1500 to $3500.

    • CSS Template Heaven
      CSS Template Heaven has 12 commercial designs. What they lack in quantity they make up for in creativity. And the price is right. The fees are from five to seven dollars. The site also provides free CSS templates.