CSS Galleries – Getting the best out of them

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One of the biggest trends of today is the creation of CSS galleries to help web designers research for some type of inspiration, or just to check out what others are doing. For others, it is a way to get good exposure and recognition for a nice design.

Here will go over some of the most famous CSS galleries of today to see how we can get the best out of them.

CSS galleries are everywhere and they are very useful for web designers, specially when working on a low budget project that doesn’t allow to spend much time doing research you can quickly go to a CSS galleries and find some related websites and some nice trends to inspire your creation.

The truth is, most of these css galleries are very messy and don’t really make the best out of it. The main reason why we go to a css gallery website is because of not having much time to research on our own, so we going there to find results quick and not to browse around as if it was a book full of websites unless you not really sure what you looking for.

Here is how a CSS gallery website will win your heart.

Good Categories

Finding a CSS gallery with a good range of categories will definitely refine your search and get you quicker to what you want to see. This is crucial so forget the ones that don’t even have any categories. If you going to browse around a CSS gallery for research is better off doing the research on your own with Google.

cssheroes
http://www.cssheroes.com/
CSSHeroes categorize their content by the industry of the website displayed. Ex: Art, Charity, Education, Fashion …

csselite
http://www.csselite.com/
csselite displays the categories based on the design of the websites displayed. Ex: Dark, Colorful, Unique …

csswebsite
http://www.css-website.com/
css-website has a great display of categories that are also followed by the options of browsing by date, color or just do a search.

csscreme
http://csscreme.com
csscreme also display their content by categories, date, and color.

Good Search Engine

The first thing a lot of viewers do when they log in to a css gallery is to go straigh for the search and type what they looking for hoping for some fast results, but not always happens. Some of these CSS Galleries really lack on the search not making a good use of tags that can amplify searchs to the smallest details.

cssmania
http://cssmania.com
cssmania seems to tag their content very well making it easy to do a search and find exactly what you looking for.

cssbased
http://cssbased.com/
cssbased has a good search engine that will pick up colors and other detailed searches.

cssdrive
http://www.cssdrive.com
cssdrive allows you to do an advanced search with a couple options to refine your search.

Good Display

A lot of times this is also what it comes down to. No matter if the gallery has good categories and a good search, if it doesn’t display it’s content in a good way gets hard to go through it and find what we are looking for.

bestwebgallery
http://bestwebgallery.com/
bestwebgallery display the websites in thumbs but when you rollover they give you a better and bigger preview of what you about to click which is definitely a plus stead of just the thumbs.

cssmayo
http://cssmayo.com/
cssmayo doesn’t have any categories or search engine but they do know how to display their content. Really big previews of the website takes away the need of looking forward to find out more, they show it all upfront saving time and clicks.

cssfreshblend
http://cssfreshblend.com/
cssfreshblend also show their content on thumbs that get really big when you roll over giving you a better idea of what you looking at.

Others

There are plenty of other css galleries that you can go but most of them won’t give you good options to find what you need. Here are some of them:

cssremix
http://cssremix.com/

cssbeauty
http://cssbeauty.com/

cssdivine
http://www.divinecss.com/

cssimport
http://www.cssimport.com/

For more visit thecssgallerylist.com for a big list of css gallery websites.

Written By Paul0v2

Hello there! My name is Paulo Canabarro, I'm a graphic design student, blogger and freelancer. I'm a writer for abduzeedo.com and I have passion for cool and well done design. To find out more about me and my work, FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER

14 Comments

  1. Robin Cannon

    October 19th, 2009 at 01:02 pm

    Really nice post. I’ve seen lots of posts that simply list CSS or design galleries, but it makes a great change to have a constructive critique as well.

    I’m trying to decide which of the factors you mention would have the most impact. I think probably the initial display. At least based on my own experience, the most common reason to visit a CSS gallery is to browse what’s new, see if there’s anything inspirational. A lot of the time that means looking at the front page and seeing if anything leaps out. Categorising and searching are less of an issue.

    Mind you, that kind of light touch approach probably leads to less valuable traffic. If you’re looking for a CSS gallery to drive useful traffic back to your site, then getting visitors to find your site through categories and search is probably going to be more useful in the long run.

    What do you think?

  2. Claudiu

    October 20th, 2009 at 01:12 am

    Hey, great list! Thank you!

  3. Web 2.0 Tools

    October 20th, 2009 at 06:45 am

    Awesome stuff here!… and what a nice blog :)

  4. Paul0v2

    October 20th, 2009 at 09:56 am

    @Robin Cannon – Hey Robin, If you publish your site on a css gallery that has a good search engine and it’s well organized within categories, there are good chances that people will still see your website after it leaves the index which would be hard to happen if they don’t categorize or have any search engine.

  5. Melissa

    October 20th, 2009 at 08:29 pm

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been wanting to find some new CSS galleries to go through.

  6. Mike Archibald

    November 2nd, 2009 at 07:50 am

    Don’t forget about CSS Design Yorkshire – simple but valid! http://www.css-design-yorkshire.com/

  7. wowcss

    November 3rd, 2009 at 03:28 am

    here is mine…nice, simple, clean and updated daily ;)

  8. Css Gallery

    February 15th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Great review! It is good to see an appreciation for fine CSS design expressed here. In these schools of thought there is never enough CSS design examples. At CSSGallery.com we take this very same approach, we believe quality and quantity should go hand in hand. We believe in gathering the largest possible list of both CSS design and CSS galleries under one domain. Please enjoy!

  9. EasyLifeTerm.com

    August 16th, 2010 at 07:22 pm

    When marketing on the internet, I want and need a design to stand out and these galleries fit the bill. My designer encouraged me to look at your stuff, I’m glad he did. Thanks again for the great article.

  10. Css Gallery Pro

    September 21st, 2010 at 02:56 am

    Hello, Great site and great article. Good job.
    Please also consider http://www.cssgallerypro.com
    Thanks

  11. Lauri

    October 17th, 2010 at 05:02 pm

    Another great CSS-gallery is http://cssline.com. They have awesome scrolling technique and filtering options.

  12. Kary Ockerman

    May 19th, 2011 at 04:58 am

    Whoa! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

  13. Mack

    August 29th, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Great list of css showcases. However there could be one more addition http://www.csstrophy.com. This website have a great list of web2.0 websites.

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