12 Really Handy CSS Framework, Template And Snippet Sites For Smart Web Designer



If You are creating and developing new web-sites regularly, You should think about template creation, collecting useful code snippets and things like that. You should do that to fasten development process, so I think You could use, change, optimize these template files to Your needs, however check out licence terms, if You use these for business purposes. However this is very generalize list for now, to clear out the best from the best sites. Use them well!

1. CSSTidy


“CSSTidy is an opensource CSS parser and optimizer. It is available as executable file (available for Windows, Linux and Mac) which can be controlled per command line and as PHP script (both with almost the same functionality).
In opposite to most other CSS parsers, no regular expressions are used and thus CSSTidy has full CSS2 support and a higher reliability.”

I pasted their information, because it says everything better than I could.

For some people there can be a question – why You need to optimize Your CSS code?  Just if You want cleaner code, faster loading page, so You both – You and visitor benefit from optimization!

Get executable file here or use online optimizer!

2. Clean CSS


You can also use this online optimizer version, which is very similar, but I am design geek, so I enjoy this site a little more. This calls, pick Your favorite one!

3. Blueprint CSS


“Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your CSS development time. It gives you a solid CSS foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, and even a stylesheet for printing.”

Very useful template files, helping You not to start always from big fat zero..and code everything again and again – now You can spend more time adding new features and think more about design, then reiterative process.


4. Code-Sucks


Great collection of many different css layouts, code snippets (CSS, JavaScript, PHP), website templates. These really become handy in web development process. Put these in good use.


5. Snipplr


Snipplr is very useful place storing and organizing many code snippets (Javascript, HTML, PHP, CSS, Ruby). You use regularly in Your development process. And also everybody can share and add their snippets, so the section  Popular Code Snippets clearly demonstrates the best and the most used codes for everybody. Pretty great. Also these snippets work with TextMate, too.

6. MaxDesign

Perhaps You know this site, I think I mentioned it somewhere before, but however this site must be included, because it’s really useful.

There You can find listamatic1 (one list – many different ways how to style it), listamatic2 () and several tutorials how to create CSS based lists, CSS floats and use CSS selectors.


7. MeyerWeb CSS Reset

Eric Meyer CSS reset is very popular. You should use resets to neutralize browser’s default style. Also Eric pointed, that this is just a starting point, but very good one.


8. YUI Library

“Every YUI Library component ships with a series of 300 examples that illustrate its implementation. These examples can serve as starting points for your exploration of YUI, as code snippets to get you started in your own programming, or simply as an inspiration as to how various interaction patterns can be enabled in the web browser via YUI.”

Very useful template files, which are great for starting points and You have good collection of examples to satisfy almost every web designer.


9. 960 Grid System


This grid system is becoming really popular – they offer commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels offering 12 and 16 column grid systems. Designers use grids, to help their sites to look more harmonious and precise. You get several template files and mockups, when You download  that grid system, which are really helpful in the right hands.

Download / Demo

10. Sensible Standards CSS Framework


This framework is also based on Eric Meyer reset system, but also there are more features as basic styling, code is optimized without any double resets and more, go to their homepage to check for details.

11. Rounded CSS corners


I guess You’ve heard about big discussions about rounded corners and how to create ones, here is great online tool where You can get rounded corners, style them online and get code immediately.


I hope You’ll use these sites as a reference evolving Your skills and speed up Your development process! I am sure there are more sites out there, if You know some more, be honest and leave backlinks, will be appreciated!



  1. Razley

    Hi guys! Thank you for your appreciation. I hope this short study about effective titles creation could be helpful to the community

  2. Ahnaf

    I just only heard about Blueprintcss, here is more wow! it amazing post.
    Thanks buddy!

  3. Jen Oliver

    This is really handy, thanks! I’ve been looking for a good tool to make rounded edges, and the other sites look great, too. :)

  4. I am still not sure what a CSS framework is. It seems like it’s simply a collection of CSS files .. so then why call it a framework.

    by the way the filter for sp*m on this comment is ridiculous – I had to enter it about 10 times

  5. Nice collection! I love the round corner generators, thank you!

    Btw, I started to use Blueprint a few days ago. Easier and quicker development.

  6. Thomas | Santhos Webdesign

    Somehow I just can’t get into this kind of stuff. I’ve been coding everything from scratch as long as I can remember. I always have a feeling of losing control when working this way. I wanna know exactly what I’m doing.

    More people who recognize this? Cause I realize it can spare lots of time.

  7. @LunixLuigi I already saw even more template, I miss here. I’ll add another sites very soon. And Thanks for pointing out!

    @Jymi in that case, I am getting rid of that effect immediately. Didn’t want to get that kind of effect.

  8. Jymi

    Nice list, but I suggest you lose the snow JS, it a real CPU hog, in fact I have to get out of here before my browser crashes ;)