Among the many benefits of CSS Grid is its ability to create complex layouts with ease. You don’t need an excessive amount of code. No precarious hacks are required. A few relatively simple lines can help you quickly achieve something that used to take hours.
Of course, CSS Grid is also incredibly powerful. We’ve seen some developers experiment and push the limits of what it can do.
While that’s impressive, the real beauty of this specification is that it helps us accomplish everyday tasks. The common page and feature layouts that make up a typical website project. This is the biggest reason to jump on board and utilize CSS Grid.
We’ve put together a collection of 8 common website layout concepts. Each one demonstrates how CSS Grid can make life easier for web designers. And, if you’re concerned about browser support, some also include fallbacks for Flexbox and other layout techniques. Let’s get started!
Discovering the “Holy Grail” of Layouts
At first glance, this “Holy Grail” layout may not look too difficult. In fact, we’ve been seeing it for years. The issue has always been that the available CSS layout methods weren’t very effective at setting it up. It has traditionally taken any number of hacks to get it just right. Not so with CSS Grid. CSS-Tricks put together a companion article on the process.
Pick a Card UI
Card layout UIs are kind of a big deal these days. And there are so many different ways to make them unique. This set of examples shows how CSS Grid can take the same HTML markup and create completely different looks.
Responsive Multi-column Blog
Here’s an attractive multi-column blog layout that nicely implements whitespace. Each article has its own room to shine. Plus, it adapts to small screens without a hitch. This layout is also easy to expand, with more columns and rows just a few attribute tweaks (
Product Feature List
This layout is commonly seen in print, but is also a great choice for the web as well. Feature listings flank a lovely product image on either side. Each “feature” is a part of a UL element. Where CSS Grid really provides an extra boost is in its responsiveness. On smaller viewports, the features are tucked neatly underneath the photo. Go a bit larger (say, a tablet), and the features are pushed over to the right.
Nested Grid Page Layout
Perfect for an online magazine or news-based website, this nested grid layout is quite detailed. And we’re not just talking about its impressive looks. Scroll down, and you’ll find a fantastic guide to how the layout was built, along with explanations of the different CSS Grid attributes that are utilized.
Variable Width Content
Here’s a common wish for designers: keeping the text in a narrow column (great for legibility) while allowing other media to expand beyond those restraints. CSS Grid helps take the pain out of this layout by looking for specific HTML tags and setting them free.
Pretty Pricing Tables
Multi-column features such as pricing tables are often created with CSS Flexbox. So, why use Grid? For one, adjusting your styles for additional columns is a breeze. It’s a solid way to prepare for ever-changing content needs.
Masonry Photo Gallery
Create Beautiful Layouts with CSS Grid
CSS Grid was created to do extraordinary things and was also built to solve more common layout challenges easily. For instance, none of the items in our collection is particularly exotic. They are all features you would see on blogs and corporate websites.
However, this specification does make them both easier to build and more flexible to maintain. Its properties allow you to quickly create them and make additions as necessary.
We hope these examples will help you on your journey to implementing CSS Grid into your projects. And, if you’d like to see even more layouts, check out our CodePen collection!