Free web templates

Starting a web site from scratch is not an easy task. If you don’t feel like coding yourself a website, you may use a third-party web design. You can buy lots of website layouts and themes or hire a web designer. But if you are a free hosting user you can also start with a free template and maybe buy a premium theme at a later time.

There are many designers offering free layouts for websites that you can download, customize and use on your own website. This way you can really focus in creating content, writing articles, uploading pictures, taking videos, etc. The following sites offer free website templates under Creative Commons licenses. Additional requirements may apply. Please read their conditions before using free website templates.

oswd.org

oswd-org logo More than two thousand free web design templates from more than 1000 designers. Recommended, but not required, to link back to OSWD.org. Designs have their own open source license chosen by the designer and you must accept to use the design under its license. Take a look to readme file in each layout. Some templates may require additional link backs.

css4free.com

css4free-com logo More than 50 free CSS based website templates, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license. Designers can submit templates.

ramblingsoul.com

ramblingsoul-com logo High quality, table-less, standard compliant free CSS templates. The templates have a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. You have to acknowledge and link back to this site. For a tiny fee, a less restrictive type of license is available upon request.

opendesigns.org

opendesigns-org logo More than 2000 free website templates submitted by an awesome community of web designers. Express Search function with options for Style, Color and Keywords. More than 6 million template downloads. Templates’ source code is valid HTML and CSS, with static files, easy to understand and modify. Free to download and use for any purpose (just check the license type). To remove the credit link in the footer, contact the template creator first to make sure it’s okay to do it.

css3templates.co.uk

css3templates-co-uk logo Selection of high-quality CSS3 website templates (pre-designed web pages) that are ready to insert your own content. All of the templates available are written in HTML5 and CSS3. All of the templates are free to use (under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license) for both personal and commercial projects, but you must leave the back-link in the footer. Option to remove the footer link for a small donation.

templateworld.com

templateworld-com logo 50+ free CSS, table-less, W3C-compliant web design layouts. Compatible with all major browser environments and operating systems. Released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License. You must include the provided link back.

free-css-templates.com

free-css-templates-com logo More than 200 free CSS , table-free, light weight, W3C Standard compliant templates governed by a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License agreement and with public domain photos provided by Wikimedia Commons and PDPhoto. Downloadable in .zip format. Individuals are free to use the CSS templates for commercial and personal purposes, without having to make any payments, provided they agree to keep a link back in a feasible way and accept the license terms.

zypopwebtemplates.com

zypopwebtemplates-com logo Free CSS web templates released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license alowing you to copy, change and redistribute your template adaptations. Link back required. The attribution (link back) condition can be waived for a small payment of 8 pounds per domain. Volume discounts for 10 or more licenses or an unlimited license. ZyPOPwebtemplates.com is the new name of the former spyka.net.

Conclusion

A well designed website will make your visitors feel more attracted to continue browsing. But web site design may daunt you because it requires time, patience and lots of trial and error. Select a free web template from any of the previously listed sites to get started fast. Remember that you must keep the link back, generally in the footer, to help and give credit to the designer.