Free HTML5 template

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The Free HTML5 template on this page has been very popular so I decided to make another one. This one includes a little javascript by Nathan Searles and is based on the 960grid. If you like this template, decide to use it or have any questions, please feel free to comment.


Free HTML5 template

I’ve been playing around with some of the new HTML5 elements and ended up with a little template that I thought I would give away. I created one 2 column layout and another 3 column with a little contact box. No serverside code has been included so the form won’t work until you add the script of your liking.

In both versions I included the PSD so you can edit the sprites file if you wish to play around with it. Each zip file contains:

  • 1 html file
  • 1 css file
  • 1 logo
  • 1 sprite image

If you are interested in more layouts like these please leave a comment and let us know what kinds you would like to see more of.

You are completely free to use them as is or modify these templates.

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  1. Gojeg says:

    Can I implement it on Blogger/WP template?

  2. Peter says:

    @ Gojeg, you are free to implement it wherever you would like. It does not work out of the box with either WP or Blogger but should you wish to turn it into a template please feel free to do so.

  3. Gary says:

    Thank you very much. These two templates look easily customizable. You are a blessing to fledgling designers.

  4. Peter says:

    You are welcome Gary, let us know if there is anything in particular you are looking for in the future versions.

  5. chris says:

    Thank you!

    I have an issue though, this might be simple CSS, but I’m not too familiar with it.. I have just begun editing this template a bit to use on my dad’s site. Only issue so far since i’m trying to get the layout right before I edit colors and such, is, how do I move my text more to the left from the article tags?

  6. Sandip Waghmare says:

    Thanks 4 templates.

  7. Peter says:

    Hi Chris, I’m not really sure what you mean. If it is the text inside the article tag you can decrease the padding from 20px on article (line 52 of css) and if you do that you should also decrease the article h1 (line 189 of CSS) by the same amount to keep the text aligned.

    The only other thing I can think of that you might mean is increasing the gap between the section of the left and the article itself. That can be done by reducing the width of the article (line 52 of css).

    Let me know if you still need help.

  8. web tasarımı says:

    thanks for sharing, nice templates..

  9. seolar says:

    Very useful basic template. I think it will be really good starting point for own creations.

  10. DWW Dennis Weidmann Webdesign Koblenz says:

    nice informations thank you!!!

  11. silvia says:

    I’d like to see an image gallery in html5. with different sections image zoom

  12. Peter says:

    Hi Pat,

    I’m glad you are excited about the new HTML5 tags; as are we, unfortunately it will take quite some time before we can implement the majority of them while taking browser support into account. See and you will know what I mean.

    The templates were hand coded in Dreamweaver MX but not in WYSIWYG mode. I don’t think there is any WYSIWYG software with support for all the new tags yet, but I may be wrong. So as you can see it doesn’t matter how old your software is, you can use what you have, but you need to get into the code. The same goes for the CSS, you need to learn the new selectors, understand what works in which browsers and make judgment calls on what to use and what to wait with.

    Article is just one of the new tags in HTML5 and it doesn’t really replace the div, as we use divs for other things (as divs) the article is a new semantic tag, telling us this is the main article of the page. Same as the “header” and “footer” has its own tags.

    A few good resources if you are just starting out would be:

    Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress!

  13. Pat says:

    The HTML5 templates are very interesting.
    I’m curious as to how you constructed them. What WYSIWYG editor was used?

    I’m using an ancient DreamweaverMX2004 editor.

    What would you suggest be used to design in HTML5 and CSS3?

    Also, ‘article’ seems to replace ‘div’, is this correct?


  14. matrobriva says:

    Wonderful layout.

  15. Karen Denning says:

    Very nice looking template!

    Thank you for generously sharing this with others to learn from 🙂


  16. Sanju says:

    Nice templates. Thanks for Sharing

  17. yannick says:

    i want more template.
    please ok
    you are the best

  18. Peter says:

    Yannick, we are working on some more, check back soon.

  19. Jess says:

    Thanks for the demo, great inspiration for a newbie at HTML5 and CSS3

  20. Kristen says:

    HTML5 template with slides does not work in IE 7 or 8 – images and pagination don’t show up.

    Changing $(‘#slides’).slides({
    to $(‘aside#slides’).slidesContent({ and changing the appropriate names in the html and css makes the initial image show up in IE 7 and 8, but then the slide functionality doesn’t work.

    The downloaded index file doesn’t even seem to run in IE. Any ideas on either problem?

  21. Peter says:

    @Kristen, I’ve downloaded the template and have no problems running it in IE6, 7 and 8. Try and download the zip again, maybe one of the files got corrupted during download?

  22. Pricilla Macmillen says:

    Hey, your is a Amazing page. I love this page, I have liked it on Twitter.

  23. Lynn Allen says:

    thank you so much! I have a faculty member who needs a personal page. We both love this template, and you so so kind to offer it for free.

  24. Charlie says:

    Hi, really liking your work. Guys, I have been teaching myself css and html over the past few months and now I am currently working on some wordpress/joomla templates 🙂 if I can get my templates looking nearly half as good as yours that would be great hehe 🙂 keep up the good work will lookin from time to time 🙂

  25. Paul says:


    This is the best site ever keep them coming.

    Please send me other Active Webdezign Ltd. link tamplates

  26. Govardhana says:

    cool templates, thanks for sharing

  27. Michelle says:

    I love your template designs! I was just wondering though. I downloaded them to play around with and I notice when I click on the demo on your website they take up the full width of my browser screen (although some sections still need size adjusting) but the download versions are much smaller and don’t take up the full length of the screen. How would I change this to take up the width of the screen?

  28. Peter says:

    Hi Michelle, they should be the same size. Let me email you and get some screenshots to figure out what is happening here.

    I’m glad you liked the templates.

  29. ee says:

    Thank you for sharing… really appreciate it. nice work

  30. j0lly says:

    yep, really nice and easy to implement as layout for a site! thanks so much

  31. Steve says:

    Your sample will be a tremendous help. I created this particular website for my club 5 years ago using a table for layout. While it still works surprisingly well, even for smart phones, I wanted to bring it up to date for a changing web. I have tried to get my head around HTML5 and CSS layouts and was dismayed by the complexity. Only being a hobbyist webmaster and using a text editor to hand-code my html files, I really needed something simple to get me going with the new layouts. And with more than 20 pages of existing XML code on this one website alone, I wanted to make the task of converting to HTML5 easy on myself, as I do all this for free. Will be experimenting with your example and modifying it to suit my site’s needs. Thank you for giving me a big boost in the right direction.

  32. Roberth says:

    Gostei bastante.
    Bem bonito e leve!

  33. Daniel says:

    Hi! I really like tha template, but how can I download it?

  34. Victor Labastida says:

    This is what i need, i am a beginner and your help is awesome, thanks a lot

  35. Antho says:

    thank you !

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