Open Source Web Design
May 30, 2003 6:05 AM   Subscribe

Looking for a design for your next website? Open Source Web Design is a site that offers tons of free web design templates that you can take and modify for your own needs.
posted by oissubke (10 comments total)
(However, some of the randomly-generated Strange Banana layouts look better than some of these!)

It's nice to see web templates/layouts that are primarily text-based, instead of being a mish-mash of photoshop and flash and other bulky technologies. And some of these are actually pretty nice.
posted by oissubke at 6:08 AM on May 30, 2003

it's a shame there are page after page of "No Previews."
posted by crunchland at 6:15 AM on May 30, 2003

Some inspiring comments from authors:
Nothing special. Lots of tables.
Just the first design I have created.
It doesn't really serve as a good web design, but maybe you'll like it.
I am sure that this design is not original.
My first design. It sucks pretty much.
posted by sageleaf at 6:35 AM on May 30, 2003

I went there a few months ago looking for a nice gallery design, but gave up on it fairly quickly and moved on.
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:09 AM on May 30, 2003

The "No Preview" images just refer to the thumbnails... If you click the little "V" button below each thumbnail image, you can get an HTML preview of every template.

Most of the templates are pretty bland, but sorting by rating from highest-to-lowest gets you some really clean designs.
posted by waxpancake at 7:09 AM on May 30, 2003

Here's a Usenet post with a ton more resources like this.

For those interested in setting up a store to sell God knows what, I'm a satisfied customer of this place -- for under a c-note, you can get not just a template, but also the backend stuff to do credit-card processing, shopping carts, etc., without knowing much at all about html or perl. Of course you do need dreamweaver or Frontpage, a payment processor, a webhost with db support, etc.
posted by luser at 7:39 AM on May 30, 2003

Don't forget OSCommerce, which is open source and free.
posted by Asparagirl at 8:27 AM on May 30, 2003

Some inspiring comments from authors:

Well, you get what you pay for

Besides, there's been a great source of free Web design for quite some time now.

It's called the Internet.


(Yeah, yeah, I know ... )
posted by Ayn Marx at 8:50 AM on May 30, 2003

You took the words right out of my mouth, Ayn.

Command+E is my own personal resource.

(view source for all you non IE5 Mac users)
posted by cinderful at 12:17 PM on May 30, 2003

CSS templates? Firda Beka at Book of Styles is the queen.
posted by taz at 9:56 PM on May 30, 2003

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