Why would you ever need to optimize (or optimise, which ever spelling you prefer) or reFormat your CSS? Optimizing your CSS will not only allow your web page to load quicker, it also increases the durabilty and resilience of your site when there is a spike in visitors (i.e. the Digg effect) and, for me, the most importantly part is that it gives you more readable code (I am a very messy code writer).
Werther you are a CSS guru or a CSS novice you will always need some help, some resources, some tutorials, some references and, of course, some cheat sheets. In this article we have collected the best resources for answering all possible CSS questions as well as how to understand CSS and how to use it properly. There are also CSS property references, cheat sheets, not only typical cheat sheets, but also cheat sheets for CSS frameworks, conversion tables and CSS short hand.
CSS frameworks are a Gods send. They speed up development, ensure usability, meet all W3C standards, compatabile across most browsers and a hell of a lot more. Sounds marvelous doesn’t it. Why doesn’t everybody use them? Well, for the novice developer, frameworks, may be a little bit tricky to get there head around? That is were this article comes in, to hopefully give everybody a better understanding of what a framework is and how to use it effectively.
Web typography is the most undervalued and misunderstood aspect of web design. There are many reasons for this, probably, the most common factor is it is ignored purely for simplicity. Why over complicate something that works fine as it is? Web typography is all theories and opinions, that is the point. The evolution of web design relies on opinions and theories, otherwise we would be stuck with the repulsive web designs we had 10 years. So, yes, web typography is very important and you cannot afford to ignore it any more.
The tools have been seperated into the following categories: Grid and Layout, CSS Optimisers, CSS Menus Tools, CSS Buttons, CSS Rounded Corners, CSS Frames, CSS Sprites, CSS Tables, CSS Typography and CSS Forms.
Forms do not have to be boring and ugly, they too can be beautiful. With the proper understanding of each element (radio buttons, checkboxes, textareas..), CSS know-how, a little patience and some creativity you can make your forms beautiful. Throw in, the always important, semantics and accessibilty and things can get tricky.
The most important part of designing a new site is the navigation or menu system, but this can be tricky, time consuming and often frustrating. You need something that will fit into your design and most importantly, allow your readers to navigate with ease. Below you will find 24 CSS (in some cases with a little jQuery) Navigation and Menu Tutorials to help you on your way.
Image galleries, sliders and slideshows have become increasingly popular within webpages over the last year or so, and with jQuery becoming ever more popular, more and more developers have been creating these amazing powerful, versatile and sleek galleries. Thank you jQuery.
Below you will the most powerful, the most creative and most versatile of jQuery plugins and tutorials built using jQuery.
CSS button styling can be tricky and sometimes tedious. If you are looking for a simple and effective way of creating dynamic CSS buttons with cross browser compatibility, these tutorials are for you.
Stepping away from the relative safety of white/light background in web design can sometimes be quite challenging, even daunting. If it is designed properly, using a dark background, the effect can be very impressive. Here are 25 superb dark designs that prove web design can be beautiful in dark.