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Best Resources for Free Web Design Elements

written by: S. R. Obbayi•edited by: Amber Neely•updated: 7/31/2010

Web design can be daunting at times with having to spend a lot of time trying to polish up those web pages and fine tune every pixel. It does not have to be so. There are many resources available for free web design elements, and this guide lists some of the best.

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    Resources for Free Fonts

    Great banners are not just comprised of fancy graphics and photos put together with a wide variety of color palettes, but they consist of outstanding text. This means you will need a good collection of unique fonts. Fonts are one of the free web design elements that you can use to enhance your graphics. Some of the best resources to start off looking for free fonts on the Internet are

    • 1001freefonts.com
    • dafont.com
    • urbanfonts.com
    • fontstock.net
    • fontface.com

    These offer free fonts as long as you are downloading one at a time which, in most cases, is all you need at any one given moment. All these websites offer categorized browsing and individual font previews are available before you download.

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    Resources for Free Backgrounds and Textures

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. One of the single most important web design elements is graphics. It does not matter what form, but how you use it. You do not have to have to be a great artist or photographer to come up with great textures or images as there are many resources on the Internet where you can get them for free.

    I have taken the liberty to mention a few of the best resources for getting free web backgrounds and textures which include

    • vecteezy.com
    • backgroundlabs.com
    • efreebackgrounds.com
    • cgtextures.com
    • texturewarehouse.com

    These sites have huge galleries where you can browse by category and sign in to download these high resolution and quality graphics on almost any subject and color scheme.

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    Resources for Free Web Templates

    Web templates – sometimes called themes especially when dealing with CMS applications like Joomla, Drupal and WordPress – are another important item in the free web elements list. There are thousands of resource sites where you can get web templates and themes with some costing thousands of dollars. The good thing is that you do not have to spend a penny to get web templates.

    Here are some of the best resources where you can get free web templates:

    • Wordpress.org/extend/themes
    • joomla24.com
    • steves-templates.com
    • freetemplatesonline.com
    • freewebsitetemplates.com

    These websites offer free web templates without any obligation or hidden terms attached to them. With hundreds of classifications to choose from, you can have a website up and running in no time with these web design elements

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    Resources for Free Icons

    Another important web design element is the icons you use all over your website and more importantly web applications. Icons are an integral part of web design as they add color and professionalism to seemly vague websites. Icons come in all sorts of forms as in most cases they are grouped by theme and it would be wise when choosing Icons to get those that best match the theme of your website.

    Some of the best resources to look for thousands of free icons are

    • freeiconsdownload.com
    • freeiconsweb.com
    • icopedia.com
    • fatcow.com/free-icons/
    • webiconsets.com

    Webiconsets.com is a resource that points to several other resources where you can download more free web icons.

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    Resources for Free Scripts

    Modern websites need to interact appropriately with users and therefore some active scripts, which are usually developed using JavaScript, are important web design elements that can make a difference in the experience the user gets when using this scripts on their website. These scripts do not need to be developed as they are available for free.

    Some of the best web resources for free scripts are

    • jquery.com
    • sencha.com
    • yahoo.com
    • code.google.com
    • mootools.net

    These websites offer sample code, tutorials, documentation and support for various JavaScript library scripts and widgets that can enhance your website's user interface and user experience by adding features such as drag and drop, simple animations, form validations and more.