Creating a HTML5 & CSS3 Single Page Web Layout

Creating a HTML5 & CSS3 Single Page Web Layout

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Creating a HTML5 & CSS3 single page template

HTML5 & CSS3 single page template. Today we will create HTML5 web template with combination with CSS3 and jQuery. Current template will contain header area (with logo and navigation menu), promo area (jQuery Nivo Slider), center area with some content, bottom area (which you can use for footer links as example), and footer itself.

Live Demo


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Now, you can download package, check our prepared demo and lets start!

Step 1. Photoshop

As usual, quite each webmaster (designer) start thinking about initial idea which he like to build. And, I can suggest to use Photoshop to draw main layout – how all should looks

Photoshop step

And only after – we can start thinking about initial layout of that page – HTML

Step 2. HTML

I separated whole layout to few sections:

  • header section – place, where we will put our logo, menu, promo slider
  • central section – place for main content, bottom sections with some custom content
  • footer section – where you will able to put some links, company name

In HTML code I will use next HTML5 tags: <header>, <nav>, <section> and <footer>. Ok, lets check code of our sample


<!DOCTYPE html><!-- The new doctype -->
<html class="cufon-active cufon-ready" lang="en"><head>
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    <title>Coding A CSS3 &amp; HTML5 Page Template | Script tutorials demo</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <!-- Linking styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/reset.css" type="text/css" media="screen">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/nivo-slider.css" type="text/css" media="screen">
    <!-- Linking scripts -->
    <script src="js/jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="js/superfish.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="js/jquery.nivo.slider.pack.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="js/main.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<body id="main_page">
    <div class="main">
        <header><!-- Defining the header section of the page -->
            <div class="container">
                <h1><a class="logo" href="">Your Logo</a></h1>
                <h2><strong><strong>And</strong>Your Promo</strong></h2>
                <nav><!-- Defining the navigation menu -->
                    <ul class="sf-menu sf-js-enabled">
                        <li class="first-item active"><a class="item" href="">Home</a></li>
                        <li><a class="item" href="">Tutorials</a>
                            <ul style="display: none; visibility: hidden;">
                                <li><a href="">HTML / CSS</a></li>
                                <li><a href="">JS / jQuery</a></li>
                                <li><a href="">PHP</a></li>
                                <li><a href="">MySQL</a></li>
                                <li><a href="">XSLT</a></li>
                                <li class="last"><a href="">Ajax</a></li>
                        <li><a class="item" href="">Resources</a></li>
                        <li class="last-item"><a class="item" href="">About</a></li>
                        <li class="last-item"><a class="item" href="">Go Back To The Tutorial</a></li>
                <div id="slider-wrapper"><!-- Promo slider -->
                    <div id="slider" class="nivoSlider">
                        <img style="display: none;" src="images/promo1.jpg" alt="">
                        <img style="display: none;" src="images/promo2.jpg" alt="">
                        <img style="display: none;" src="images/promo3.jpg" alt="">
                    <div id="htmlcaption-1" class="nivo-html-caption">
                        <strong class="p2">Your promo text 1</strong>
                        <span class="p5">Promo text description here</span>
                        <a class="button" href="#">More</a>
                    <div id="htmlcaption-1" class="nivo-html-caption">
                        <strong class="p2">Your promo text 2</strong>
                        <span class="p5">Promo text description here</span>
                        <a class="button" href="#">More</a>
                    <div id="htmlcaption-2" class="nivo-html-caption">
                        <strong class="p2">Your promo text 3</strong>
                        <span class="p5">Promo text description here</span>
                        <a class="button" href="#">More</a>
                    <div id="htmlcaption-3" class="nivo-html-caption">
                        <strong class="p2">Your promo text 4</strong>
                        <span class="p5">Promo text description here</span>
                        <a class="button" href="#">More</a>
        <section id="content"><!-- Defining the main content section of the page -->
            <div class="main_container">
                    <div class="grid_2">
                        <div class="box">
                            <div class="box1">
                                <div class="wrapper">
                                    <div class="grid_1 alpha">
                                        <div class="indent">
                                            <h3>10 Great Examples of HTML5 Canvas</h3>
                                            <figure class="p3"><img src="images/pagex.gif" alt=""></figure>
                                            <p class="p2">This is collection of most incredibly HTML5 canvas demos. Today, during browsing web I was amazed with so big amount of various html5 demonstration. And glad to share what I was able to collect. HTML5 become more, and more powerful, it even less processor-consuming than Flash. So, may not be far off such an event when the flash will fully shifted with html5?</p>
                                            <a class="button" href="">Read More</a>
                                    <div class="grid_1">
                                        <div class="indent">
                                            <h3>Creating Wave Effects Using Javascript</h3>
                                            <figure class="p3"><img src="images/pagex.gif" alt=""></figure>
                                            <p class="p2">Today’s lesson quite entertaining, we’ll learn how to construct a wave effect. For clarity, we will apply that effect to the picture. I will explain how it works directly in our tutorial, now, its time to see our online demonstration.</p>
                                            <a class="button" href="">Read More</a>
                                    <div class="grid_1 omega">
                                        <div class="indent">
                                            <h3>Multiple backgrounds Animation with CSS3</h3>
                                            <figure class="p3"><img src="images/pagex.gif" alt=""></figure>
                                            <p class="p2">In CSS3 appear new possibility to use multiple backgrounds for the objects, in our new article I will demonstrate how to do it. And, I going to add a bit of JS code for simple animation (to make it not so boring). Commonly, it is very easy to apply multiple backgrounds – we just need to list them (separated by commas) in the object properties.</p>
                                            <a class="button" href="">Read More</a>
                            <div class="box2"><!-- Beginning of bottom section -->
                                <div class="wrapper">
                                    <div class="grid_1 alpha">
                                        <div class="indent">
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                                    <div class="grid_1">
                                        <div class="indent">
                                            <h3>Middle column</h3>
                                            <p>Where you can add any another your custom content</p>
                                    <div class="grid_1 omega">
                                        <div class="indent">
                                            <h3>Last comments</h3>
                                            <p class="color-3 p0">Nice template, isn`t it?</p>
                                            <p class="it">Posted by admin on May 31, 2011</p>
                                            <p class="color-3 p0">Another one comment</p>
                                            <p class="it">Posted by admin on May 31, 2011</p>
                                            <p class="color-3 p0">Third comment</p>
                                            <p class="it">Posted by admin on May 31, 2011</p>
                    <div class="clear"></div>
        <footer><!-- Defining the footer section of the page -->
            <div class="container">
                My company © 2011 <a class="link" href="">Privacy Policy</a><br />
                <a class="link" href="">Template by Script Tutorials</a>

Step 3. JS

js/jquery.js, js/jquery.nivo.slider.pack.js and js/superfish.js

This is all used libraries: jQuery, Nivo Slider and Superfish. All custom JS code located in another file:


$(document).ready(function() {
      delay: 250,
      animation: {opacity:'show',height:'show'},
      speed: 'fast',
      autoArrows: false
$(window).load(function() {
        boxCols: 10,
        boxRows: 6,

Step 4. CSS

css/reset.css and css/nivo-slider.css

This is styles for Nivo slider and reset file to reset stylesheet, and, here are result minimized css file with all necessary styles for our demo:


body{background:url(../images/bg.jpg) center 0 no-repeat #000;color:#444;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:100%;min-width:1000px}
.container{margin:0 auto;position:relative;width:940px}
header{height:280px;margin:0 0 6px;position:relative;width:100%;z-index:2}
.logo{background:url(../images/logo.png) 51px 1px no-repeat;color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-size:30px;left:23px;line-height:1.2em;padding-top:83px;position:absolute;text-transform:uppercase;top:104px}
h2 strong{color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-size:34px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.2em;position:absolute;right:13px;text-align:right;top:184px}
h2 strong strong{color:#68bd45;display:block;font-size:48px;font-weight:700;line-height:1.2em;position:absolute;right:0;top:-47px}
.sf-menu{font-size:16px;padding:0 0 10px;position:absolute;right:0;text-align:center;top:70px;z-index:100}
.sf-menu li{-moz-border-radius:10px;-webkit-border-radius:10px;background:none;border-radius:10px;float:left;line-height:38px;margin-right:2px;position:relative}
.sf-menu li a{color:#fff;padding:0 15px;text-transform:uppercase}
.sf-menu,.sf-menu li:hover,.sf-menu li.sfHover{background:url(../images/menu-tail.gif) 0 0 repeat-x #1e691e}
.sf-menu ul{-moz-border-radius:10px;-webkit-border-radius:10px;background:#000;border-radius:10px;color:#fff;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11px;padding:10px 0;position:absolute;text-transform:uppercase;top:-999em;width:173px}
.sf-menu ul ul{-moz-border-radius:10px;-webkit-border-radius:10px;border-radius:10px}
.sf-menu li:hover{visibility:inherit}
.sf-menu a{display:block;position:relative}
.sf-menu li:hover ul,.sf-menu li.sfHover ul{left:0;top:41px;z-index:99}
ul.sf-menu li li:hover ul,ul.sf-menu li li.sfHover ul{left:176px;top:-10px}
ul.sf-menu li li li:hover ul,ul.sf-menu li li li.sfHover ul{left:176px;top:0}
.sf-menu li li{-moz-border-radius:0;-webkit-border-radius:0;background:#000;border-radius:0;float:none;line-height:36px;width:100%}
.sf-menu li li a{color:#fff;font-weight:400;padding:0 0 0 22px;text-align:left}
.sf-menu li li li a{color:#fff!important}
.sf-menu li li li a:hover{color:#000!important}
#content{padding:0 30px 0 0;width:100%}
h3{color:#151515;font-size:24px;line-height:1.2em;margin:0 0 23px}
.scroll .padding-right{height:1%;padding-right:50px}
.box{-moz-border-radius:12px;-moz-box-shadow:0 0 0 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.16);-webkit-border-radius:12px;-webkit-box-shadow:0 0 0 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.16);background:#dae3d4;border-radius:12px;box-shadow:0 0 0 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.16);min-height:386px;padding:63px 0 0}
#main_page .box{background:#f5f8f5;padding:410px 0 0}
.main{font-size:.75em;line-height:1.5em;margin:0 auto;padding:0;width:1000px}
.box1{background:#dae3d4;padding:26px 0 60px}
.box2{-moz-border-radius:0 0 12px 12px;-webkit-border-radius:0 0 12px 12px;background:#c3d1b8;border-radius:0 0 12px 12px;padding:36px 0 60px}
.button{-moz-border-radius:15px;-webkit-border-radius:15px;background:url(../images/button-tail.gif) 0 0 repeat-x #399622;border-radius:15px;color:#fff;cursor:pointer;display:inline-block!important;filter:Shadow(Color=#9e9c9c,Direction=135,Strength=1);font-family:"Trebuchet MS", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:15px;padding:9px 15px 12px;text-shadow:1px 1px 0 #9e9c9c}
.list li{background:url(../images/marker.png) 0 9px no-repeat;line-height:26px;padding-left:18px}
.list li a{color:#444;display:inline-block;text-decoration:none}
p span{color:#4fab2f;display:inline-block}
figure{-moz-box-shadow:0 0 4px #cfd7c8;-webkit-box-shadow:0 0 4px #cfd7c8;box-shadow:0 0 4px #cfd7c8;width:250px}
footer{color:#fff;padding:50px 0 25px;text-align:center;width:100%}
.main_container .grid_1{width:290px}
.main_container .grid_2{width:940px}
.clearfix:after{clear:both;content:' ';display:block;font-size:0;height:0;line-height:0;visibility:hidden;width:0}
* html .clearfix{height:1%}
a:hover,.sf-menu li a,.list-1 li a,.list-2 li a,.link,.logo,.button{text-decoration:none}
.sf-menu li a.current,.sf-menu li a:hover,.list-2 li a:hover,.link:hover{color:#fff}
.sf-menu li li a:hover,.sf-menu li li.sfHover a{color:#000}
.color-3,.list li a:hover,.link{color:#4fab2f}
.sf-menu .last-item,.omega{margin-right:0}
ul.sf-menu li:hover li ul,ul.sf-menu li.sfHover li ul,ul.sf-menu li li:hover li ul,ul.sf-menu li li.sfHover li ul{top:-999em}
.sf-menu li.sfHover li:hover,.sf-menu li.sfHover li.sfHover,.sf-menu li.sfHover li.sfHover li:hover{background:#68bd45}
.box .padding{padding:0 5px 60px 15px}

Live Demo


Now, our template is complete! You can use this as is, but please leave the back link intact.



  1. It looks great (the best in Firefox 5), but unfortunately it doesn’t look well in Internet Explorer 8, even though I tried to enhance it with modernizer.full.js (all options selected before generation). So for IE some hacks are still needed. Probably IE9 is better, but I can’t test it now.

  2. What is the purpose of “jquery.js” file in this template ?
    Really cool design, I liked it too much and used in my project.
    Thanks for sharing knowledge through tutorial, god bless u sir….

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