17 Stunning Pure CSS3 Menu Techniques

17 Stunning Pure CSS3 Menu Techniques

Menu is probably the most important part on many websites. It’s sitting there for merely one single purpose: easy for you to navigate through all the pages. Before CSS3, the background images of each menu item can bring you a heck load of pain, as well as the javascript powered drop-down items and sub-sub menu . Now we are able to create stunning menus only using pure CSS, even including awesome animations. The following pure CSS3 menu techniques and tutorials are for you to experiment and get a hang of it. Let’s get started.

More CSS Techniques from Previous Articles: 

Pure CSS Drop-down Menu

Pure CSS Drop down Menu


Stunning Menu in CSS3

Stunning Menu in CSS3


Code a Responsive Navigation Menu

Code a Responsive Navigation Menu

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6 novedades para CSS3 que puedes implementar hoy | CSSBlog ES

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Cada cierto tiempo van saliendo nuevas propiedades CSS3, todas ellas son muy útiles y sencillas, pero ¿están soportadas por la mayoría de los navegadores?. En esta entrada os mostraré una lista de novedades para CSS3 que sí pueden ser usadas hoy, debido a su gran compatibilidad con los navegadores. Todas ellas las hemos explicado anteriormente en el blog, así que solo recopilaré los enlaces…

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100 Exceedingly Useful CSS Tips and Tricks

by Alexander Dawson


100 Exceedingly Useful CSS Tips and Tricks

You can never have too much of a good thing–and two good things we rely on in our work are tips and tricks. Nuggets of information, presented clearly and succinctly, help us build solutions and learn best practices. In a previous article, we shared a jam-packed list of 250 quick web design tips. It seems only right to continue the trend by showcasing 100 fresh–and hopefully useful–CSS tips and tricks.

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The Easiest Way to Create Vertical Text with CSS

The Easiest Way to Create Vertical Text with CSS


Earlier this morning, I needed to create vertical text for a project I’m working on. After trying out a couple ideas, I took to Twitter to find what sorts of thoughts our followers had on the subject. There were plenty of great responses and ideas that we’ll go over today!

*Note – please refer to “Method 6″ below for more details about proper usage.

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Method 1: <br> Tags

So, one possible (though not recommended) way to achieve vertical text is to add <br> tags after each letter.

  1. <h1>
  2. N <br />E <br />T <br />T <br />U <br />T <br />S
  3. </h1>
   N <br />E <br />T <br />T <br />U <br />T <br />S
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Don’t use this method. It’s lame and sloppy.

Method 2: Static Wrapping

With this method, we wrap each letter in a span, and then set its display to block within our CSS.

  1. <!DOCTYPE html>
  2. <html>
  3. <head>
  4. <meta charset=utf-8 />
  5. <title>Vertical Text</title>
  6. <style>
  7. h1 span { display: block; }
  8. </style>
  9. </head>
  10. <body>
  11. <h1>
  12. <span> N </span>
  13. <span> E </span>
  14. <span> T </span>
  15. <span> T </span>
  16. <span> U </span>
  17. <span> T </span>
  18. <span> S </span>
  19. </h1>
  20. </body>
  21. </html>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset=utf-8 />
<title>Vertical Text</title>

  h1 span { display: block; }

   <span> N </span>
   <span> E </span>
   <span> T </span>
   <span> T </span>
   <span> U </span>
   <span> T </span>
   <span> S </span>

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The problem with this solution — other than the frightening mark-up — is that it’s a manual process. If the text is generated dynamically from a CMS, you’re out of luck. Don’t use this method. Seguir leyendo “The Easiest Way to Create Vertical Text with CSS”

How to Build a Kick-Butt CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu

Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

Often used on e-commerce or large scale websites, mega menus are becoming more and more popular, as they offer an effective solution to displaying a lot of content while keeping a clean layout. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to build a cross-browser, awesome CSS-only drop-down mega menu, using nice CSS3 features.

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CSS3: Resources, Tutorials and Demos


Posted on October 14, 2010 by Chris

Learn CSS3: Resources, Tutorial and Demos

Dear readers: pleeeeeeeease, don’t be afraid to try something new! It’s one thing to find out about a cool new design technique, like using CSS3, but it’s another thing entirely to actually put what you’ve learned about into practice. If you don’t try new things, you’ll get stuck in a design rut and that’s not good for you or for your clients. In this article, I’ve gathered some of the web’s best CSS3 resources, tutorials and demos so you can find out what CSS3 is, learn how to use it and see what kinds of cool things have been done with it so far (like the iOS icons in the teaser image above done with no images, just pure CSS).

Yes, CSS3 has been supported by select browsers for a while now, but that just makes this article all the better because in it I was able to include both brand new and slightly older CSS3 resources, which makes for a whopper of a post. Yes, the older (2009-ish, so not that old) resources are still worth taking a look at. When I was in Barnes and Noble recently, I had to buy a design book that was from 2008 because they didn’t have any that were newer on the particular subject I wanted. It turned out to be a great resource, despite not being “current”. Some things just don’t change that much in the course of a few years and the links I’ve included here are still very usable.

CSS3 Resources

CSS3 Resources

CSS3 Tutorials

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Simple Flow: Minimalism in Web Design

Jake Rocheleau | http://webdesignledger.com/tips/simple-flow-minimalism-in-web-design

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There are so many techniques when it comes to web design, it’s hard to get a full grasp on all of them. Minimalism is one of the few which stand out from the crowd in a seemingly ubiquitous flow. The trend follows the concept of keeping things simple and easy to work with.

Removing clutter from pages helps users focus their attention on the things that really matter. Page content, images, contact information, and the presentation hierarchy that removes gradients and web 2.0 distractions. Check out a few of the ideas below in regards to minimalistic designs and see how you can incorporate these into your own projects.

How Does Minimalism Work?

The idea of minimalism in designs is not a new one. In fact, it’s been present in the art community for centuries. With the move into digital design we find things to be a bit different as the objects we’re designing are constantly changing.

Minimalism works by playing on your visitors keen attention, or rather lack thereof. Most visitors who visit your blog or website will not spend more than a few seconds on the page, maybe a few minutes if you’re lucky. This isn’t because they truly don’t care or hold apathetic viewpoints towards your content. Rather in our world of fast-paced action users know how easy it is to jump from one website to the next in almost an instant.

Playing on these pieces to your users attention span by placing content is easy to read layouts is the basis behind which minimalistic designs are built. You will frequently see much more typography and white space with fewer images and buttons as distractions.

Although there isn’t any guidebook for running minimalistic designs there are plenty of guidelines to follow. Additional white space is one such idea, along with the removal of unnecessary page elements.

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Effective and Powerful CSS Tools & Generators for Designers


InstantShift - Effective and Powerful CSS Tools & Generators for Designers

CSS has come a long way from formatting the structured content. It was used to control layout of documents precisely and to apply different layouts to media types. Today CSS is used to give the look and feel of giving importance to the layout and design. It saves the time which makes loading much faster and is quite easy to maintain. But not so easy to design a page with CSS because of the compatibility issues with different browsers and even the best designers may find it time consuming to develop the whole by themselves, due to which they have to rely on online tools sometimes because they are quite easy to download, work well with your browser and provide you with ample time for testing too. So we have development tools which help you to overcome these problems.

We present you with some of the solutions in the form Powerful and Effective tools presented in this section which allows you to overcome the inconsistencies of the browsers and also gives a new and fresh look to your website.

You may be interested in the following application related articles as well.

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Effective and Powerful CSS Tools & Generators for Designers

Realizing the increasing demand of useful apps across the web, we regularly feature commercial and free software on instantShift, so decided it was time to bring a roundup of highly essential CSS tools & generators applications to your attention. Just keep in mind that this list isn’t a ranking list of web apps. So, Let’s start with this compilation that every web developer, designer and freelancer should consider.

CSS Tools for HTML Newsletters

CSS technology allows for more powerful and flexible website designs. But there are certain restrictions using CSS and HTML support, and even with inline styles, So presenting you some of the tools for CSS for designing your email newsletter to make your job easier.

Primer CSS

InstantShift - Effective and Powerful CSS Tools & Generators

Primer covers your CSS by pulling out all of your classes and id’s and placing them into a starter stylesheet. Paste your HTML in the space given to get started.

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CSS Posters

CSS Posters

I’ve always stressed the importance of practice and experimentation. If you want to get better at something or if you want to learn something, you have to keep on doing it over and over again. This is very true with web design as well. We’ve even published an article here on Design Informer about the benefits of experimentation.

I’m very busy as I work a full-time 9-6 job as a web designer, then I go home and work on Design Informer, soon to be Coding Informer, and I also do a variety of freelance work. With all these on my plate, it’s very hard to find time to relax, open up Photoshop and design, or open up Dreamweaver (code view of course) and just mess around with some code.

The Inspiration

A while back, I tweeted about this CSS experiment. Well yesterday, I had some free time on my hands and I decided to do some experimentation with CSS myself. We’ve all seen some amazing things done with CSS3 and I wanted to play around with it myself. I looked around first to see what else I can find that’s been done and I found some really great experiments.

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CSS Frameworks: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


Just like there are frameworks for many programming languagesCakePHP, jQuery, .NET – there are frameworks for CSS. The point of frameworks is to increase productivity and efficiency with CSS code. Many common practices done when using CSS are pre-defined within a framework to save the developer time and effort.

CSS Frameworks: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In this article we’re going to take a closer look into some of the most popular CSS frameworks, and see if using one could really live up to it’s reputation. Just like when working with any other framework, template, or application, there can be pros and cons. We’ll look into the good, the bad, and the ugly of using a CSS framework.

Time-Saving Web Development

There is no doubt that a CSS framework can save time when used correctly. After all, a framework’s purpose is to set up a base for developers to work with. Anything from typography and grids, to resets and add-ons are used in frameworks to make the developer’s life easier. The point is not to open up a text editor and start coding from scratch.

The Time-Wasting Learning Curve

In contrast, there is of course a learning curve when using a new CSS framework. This can take up more time than it’s worth. Beyond the learning curve though, when the code is not 100% yours, there can be confusion at some points throughout the development process. As designers and developers, we like to know the complete back-end workings of what we’re dealing with. Without that, a project can actually take longer.

The Time-Wasting Learning Curve
Image credit: mayeve

Finding a Balance

So in respect to time efficiency, is using a framework worth it? For many, probably yes. It does take a good understanding of the framework that will be used before the time saving benefits truly arise, and maybe even a change in how one is used to coding. However, there are certain individuals that may work quicker with their own code completely — it can really just depend on the type of thinker you are.

Think of how well you’ve worked with other types of frameworks in the past. If you’ve ever tried to use something like a theme framework to create a WordPress theme, how did that go? Was it easier and faster, or slower and confusing? How easy was it to go from normal JavaScript to jQuery or Mootools? Also, if you’ve ever had to deal with anyone else’s code, non-related to a framework, how easy was it to figure things out?

When using a framework of any kind, including CSS frameworks, you are essentially using someone else’s well thought-out code, and trying to use it to your benefit. If you find it difficult to work with someone else’s code besides your own, then using a framework may not be for you.

Better CSS Efficiency

Many CSS frameworks are also meant to get all the garbage out of the way, standardize code, and keep things short and quick. For many pre-defined features in CSS frameworks, code is condensed using short-hand and eliminating whitespace. Since each browser has to load stylesheets along with other website documents, having smaller CSS files can speed up a website’s load time.

Better CSS Efficiency
Image credit: juehuayin

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CSS3 Card Trick: A Fun CSS3 Experiment

by Alexander Dawson

This tutorial is based on a simple animated experiment that showcases just one of the amazing things you can create using CSS. I’ve used no images and no scripting; everything’s done using HTML and CSS.

It goes without saying that since CSS3 is still not supported by all browsers, it might not work as intended; but I’ve coded this in such a way that it will degrade gracefully on non-CSS3 browsers, including IE (of course).

Experimenting on cutting-edge standards for the sake of innovation is an attribute that helps us learn, and perhaps by pushing the boundaries, we can improve our knowledge further.

Final Result

You can click on the preview image to see the demo. For optimum experience, use a WebKit browser like Google Chrome or Apple Safari.

Final Result

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25 Amazing CSS3 Experimentations and Demos

CSS3 is opening up a lot of possibilities for designers and developers. Things that used to require images, JavaScript or Flash can now be done with the power of CSS. Unfortunately, in most cases these developments are more useful for experimentation and learning at this point since they are not supported by all of the major browsers. However, if you’re interested in learning more about the capabilities of CSS3 it can be a valuable use of your time to see what is being done.

In this post we’ll feature 25 experimentations and demos from various designers/developers using CSS3.  Some have more practical real-world uses than others, but all of them demonstrate what can be done with CSS3 and some creativity.

Look Ma, No Flash!

Look Ma, No Flash!

Old School Clock with CSS3 and jQuery

Old School Clock with CSS3 and jQuery

A Colorful Clock with CSS & jQuery

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Six Useful CSS3 Tools

Six Useful CSS3 Tools

Henry Jones

CSS3 continues to gain popularity as we’re seeing it used in more and more websites. However, there are still those out there that are holding out on learning it and using it. This is probably due to the fact that it’s not fully supported yet in all browsers. Nevertheless, if you’re one of those that haven’t started using CSS3 or you’re a CSS3 pro just looking to speed up your work flow, here are six CSS3 tools that you should find useful.

CSS3 Button Maker

css3 tools

The CSS3 Button Maker gives you a number of sliders and color pickers to style your own CSS3 button. Then you can grab the code to use in your own project. Seguir leyendo “Six Useful CSS3 Tools”

HoneyThemes: A Free XHTML-CSS-Layout for Online Theme Shop

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Image by Domenico / Kiuz via Flickr

Once Again, we’ve got something special for our community. We’ve again came up with cool freebies giveaway as promised. This is our way of saying thanks to our readers for being part of the instantShift community and helping us make it to where we are right now. We never wait for special occasions to announce good freebies. To continue our grateful attitude to our readers and community in general, we are glad to release this free XHTML/CSS Layout HoneyThemes. It’s our latest high-quality freebies addition for instantShift readers.

“HoneyThemes”, as the name implies, it’s something to do with themes which is actually a XHTML/CSS Layout suitable for any online theme business and has all the requirements and features of a typical theme shop. This layout was designed and developed by RapidxHTML as an exclusive gift for instantShift readers.

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