15 Must Read Articles for CSS Beginners

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Are you new to CSS? The initial process of learning this nifty language can be a little daunting, there’s so much to learn it can sometimes be difficult to figure out where to start. Luckily there’s plenty of valuable information and resources out there on the web that covers everything from the basics through to advanced topics. This collection of 15 articles pulls together some of the best must read blog posts for anyone looking to get started with CSS styling.

Resetting Your Styles with CSS Reset

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Learn CSS Positioning in Ten Steps

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Internet Explorer and the CSS box model

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Specifics on CSS Specificity

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Faux Columns

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Sexy Ordered Lists with CSS

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Divitis: What it is and How to Avoid it

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Using background-image to replace text

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CSS Sprites: What They Are, Why They’re Cool, and How To Use Them

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How to Create a CSS Menu Using Image Sprites

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10 Examples of Beautiful CSS Typography and how they did it…

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CSS Shorthand Guide

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Push Your Web Design Into The Future With CSS3

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How to use headings in HTML

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10 HTML Tag Crimes You Really Shouldn’t Commit

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Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Chris' design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

  • hehe

    Thanks a ton, Chris! You rock!

    It’s very useful for me and I’m sure it’s useful for many folks.

    Continue writing this type(basic) of articles.

  • Callum Chapman

    Thanks for this list, when I’ve got the time I’m gonna go through them all ;)

  • om ipit

    im newbie here…
    you’re the best chris

  • squareart

    Thanks for this collection – think it’s going to keep me busy, but gonna bookmark to come back when necessary.

  • sunil

    Need to add some dropdown menus? That is also essential for a beginner?

  • joão

    a great guide, awesome article!
    must add this to my delicious :)

  • Heiko

    Great collection! Love it – just need more time to read them all ;


  • Alex C.

    Great article, really useful for the beginners!

  • sasdaman

    I’ve been working with CSS2 for around 12 months but still these articles are great reference for my learning and I’m sure will help many others not just beginners.

  • iQbaL

    Great list u have man…thanks !!!!

  • marbio

    Great article!!!
    Ii seems to contain all I need. Thanks.
    Ciao ;)

  • shadowMason

    beautiful site… thank you

  • akkis

    Thank you once more Chris!

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  • Web Design Mumbai

    CSS is sooo powerful….. i just love it and love to learn its tricks more and more

  • Chris Mills

    The Opera web standards curriculum has many useful articles for CSS beginners as well – (disclaimer – I’m the editor!)

  • Mahin Gupta

    nice …

  • dEEPs

    Nice 1 !
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • paul

    nice 1 good info. here on css, i been using it for a while but not done some of the nifty things you have listed here! only stuck to the basic obvious needed to put a website together.


  • Sander

    This is really cool. For a moment I thought it was some really cool CSS that presented each page as this image at an angle. Then I looked at the source and saw they were just screenshots :)

    Sometimes the elegant and simple go hand in hand.

  • Media Contour

    Very useful collection of articles for anyone looking to learn a little bit about CSS. Perfect for the designers out there who too often are confused and frustrated by developers and programmers trying to explain their trade. All the basics in one place.

  • Davor

    Really useful list. I like the “divitis” example – it’s a helpful markup guide on how to stay simple and code properly.

    Once again a great article.

  • disha

    nice collection…i learnt all css from net…. :)

  • Mahallo Media

    Great articles, thanks! :)

  • Allison

    Looks like a great collection of articles. I’ll be referring to this for my next web project!

  • Matt

    I’m so excited I wish I could wet my pants.

  • Gru

    This site has an awesome design!

  • rif

    nice post

  • Jake Rocheleau

    I wouldn’t call myself a CSS Beginner, but some of these are still really interesting reads even after working with CSS for about 1 1/2 – 2 years now

  • Elena

    Thanks for this Chris. These tutorials look great. I just love CSS. This is destined for Delicious. :)

  • paul

    these are a great read!

  • Leon Dudovich

    Really great articles. Guys, please help me, Check it out this website Is that possible to create website in a few days or its some kind of joke? )

  • ntiremedia

    these are garet articals and you have nice and good stuff in ur blog i like it keep it up

  • Serhat

    Thank you. Thats really cool content. I translated them Turkish and shared in my site. Thank you, Chris.

  • anirudha

    nice article for web design

  • Jaspal Singh

    Awesome list for CS beginners.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Andrew Jhonson

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  • flashscope

    fantastic list. good to start your learning of CSS from this articles.

  • Web designer Philippines

    this is the best for those who want to learn css. You cant be a good designer or programmer if you are not good enough in CSS


    Great article!



    Great article!


  • Vasudeesha

    Good one… Keep posting such articles..

  • elena

    Yep, still a cutie.

    Useful articles too. Thanks.

  • Ware-Store

    Good entrance for novices CSS.

  • James

    Hi , Very nice site,
    Very useful contents.

  • Jeff G

    Awesome post, man. This has been the most needed post I have read this entire year… You hit on some very important points for beginners. Thanks!

  • Jeff G

    Awesome work! This is the best short-list I have found this entire year. Thanks!

  • Willem

    Fantastic. I’ve learnt a helluva lot from this. Thanks a mil!

  • Übersetzungsbüro

    thanks good post from you

  • Waterproof Jacket

    excellent. very nice template.