Most used CSS tricks for a better website design

1. Rounded corners without images

<div id="container">
<b class="rtop">
<b class="r1"></b> <b class="r2"></b> <b class="r3"></b> <b class="r4"></b>
<!--content goes here -->
<b class="rbottom">
<b class="r4"></b> <b class="r3"></b> <b class="r2"></b> <b class="r1"></b>

.rtop, .rbottom{display:block}
.rtop *, .rbottom *{display: block; height: 1px; overflow: hidden}
.r1{margin: 0 5px}
.r2{margin: 0 3px}
.r3{margin: 0 2px}
.r4{margin: 0 1px; height: 2px}

Rounded corners without images

2. Style your order list


This is line one

Here is line two

And last line

ol {
font: italic 1em Georgia, Times, serif;
color: #999999;

ol p {
font: normal .8em Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
color: #000000;

Style your order list

3. Tableless forms

<label for="name">Name</label>
<input id="name" name="name"><br>
<label for="address">Address</label>
<input id="address" name="address"><br>
<label for="city">City</label>
<input id="city" name="city"><br>

label,input {
display: block;
width: 150px;
float: left;
margin-bottom: 10px;

label {
text-align: right;
width: 75px;
padding-right: 20px;

br {
clear: left;

CSS Tableless forms

4. Double blockquote

blockquote:first-letter {
background: url(images/open-quote.gif) no-repeat left top;
padding-left: 18px;
font: italic 1.4em Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;

Double blockquote

5. Gradient text effect

<h1><span></span>CSS Gradient Text</h1>

h1 {
font: bold 330%/100% "Lucida Grande";
position: relative;
color: #464646;
h1 span {
background: url(gradient.png) repeat-x;
position: absolute;
display: block;
width: 100%;
height: 31px;

<!--[if lt IE 7]>
h1 span {
background: none;
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(src='gradient.png', sizingMethod='scale');


Gradient text effect

6. Vertical centering with line-height

div *{
div p{

Content here

Vertical centering with line-height

7. Rounded corners with images

<div class="roundcont">
<div class="roundtop">
<img src="tl.gif" alt=""
width="15" height="15" class="corner"
style="display: none" />

<div class="roundbottom">
<img src="bl.gif" alt=""
width="15" height="15" class="corner"
style="display: none" />

.roundcont {
width: 250px;
background-color: #f90;
color: #fff;

.roundcont p {
margin: 0 10px;

.roundtop {
background: url(tr.gif) no-repeat top right;

.roundbottom {
background: url(br.gif) no-repeat top right;

img.corner {
width: 15px;
height: 15px;
border: none;
display: block !important;

Rounded corners with images

8. Multiple class name

<img src="image.gif" class="class1 class2" alt="" />

.class1 { border:2px solid #666; }
.class2 {

9. Center horizontally

<div id="container"></div>

#container {
margin:0px auto;

Center horizontally

10. CSS Drop Caps

<p class="introduction"> This paragraph has the class "introduction". If your browser supports the pseudo-class "first-letter", the first letter will be a drop-cap.

p.introduction:first-letter {
font-size : 300%;
font-weight : bold;
float : left;
width : 1em;

CSS Drop Caps

11. Prevent line breaks in links, oversized content to brake



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