DotNetNuke Tips & Tricks

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 by Cuong Dang

Free CSS/XHTML Template for DotNetNuke Skins

Filed under: Elsewhere

Are you ready for DotNetNuke 5.0 with XHTML/CSS compliant? I don’t know about you but I have been ready. Below is the list of many web sites that provide free XHTML/CSS templates that you can download and convert into DotNetNuke skin.

Many of them have good designs and I think it’s a good practice to get your skinning skills ready for DotNetNuke 5.0. Also, you’ll be exposed to many web designer experts layout approaches. I always enjoy seeing other people’s work through their codes to improve my own.

Hope you enjoy!

Open Source Templates

Open Source Template

Template World

Template World

Ex Design

I like this site because it has a menu section that helps minimizing my workflow when working with pure CSS menu

Ex Design

Style Shout

Style Shout

Oswt UK

OSWT

Comments

Jeff B.
Friday, September 26, 2008 1:41 AM
Here's another good one to add to the list:
http://www.freecsstemplates.org/
Cuong Dang
Friday, September 26, 2008 3:50 AM
Thanks, Jeff. It's a cool site too!
Rick
Friday, October 17, 2008 4:59 PM
Thanks for the links. The opensourcetemplates.org opening page, uh, it doesn't render properly in IE7 - the menu that is. Doesn't instill much faith in their product or lead me to believe their skills and techniques are the ones to follow. I swear, if clients want us to design compliant designs, then the browsers all need to follow suit and put out compliant browsers so that our compliant designs actually render properly. I'm just not sold on the whole "compliance" kick right now. My vote is, however, for standards and strict compliance of those standards by all browsers. That is what we should be pushing for at this point, we're getting ahead of ourselves wanting to design compliant websites when the browsers don't even support that! One step at time. Yes, demand the compliance, demand the browser developers step up and do their part before we start attempting the impossible task of compliance at this point. Because inevitably, if the browsers aren't working on compliance, it won't matter how compliant we program our websites, they will fall apart or break apart if there isn't a compliant platform for them to rest upon. I don't blame the designer, I don't blame the browser, I blame both for the disorganized mess and utter headaches that encompass the "compliance" kick everyone is on.
Cuong Dang
Saturday, October 18, 2008 4:12 AM
Rick,

There isn't an easy way to have all the browsers to behave similarly. We just have to work with is available out there and not waiting for the next major release of a complaint-support browser.

Regarding those links in this posts, they are free and are helpful for many people to get started. By no means they represent best practices in the industry.
tate
Thursday, December 11, 2008 12:17 PM
Just what I was looking for!
emaya
Thursday, February 11, 2010 12:54 PM
Does anyone know of any sites that explain how to convert html/css into dnn skin? I cannot find this info for the life of me!?!?...not for free at least. I see some, but you have to pay in order to view the video tutorial!
Rick
Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:44 PM
I would pay for the tutorial if you are in a hurry. If not, it's a learn as you go process with a long learning curve. I've been doing DNN skins for over 5 years now and still learn new tricks all the time. Another option is to pay someone else to do the conversion for you, but the cost is generally around $300 if you want good quality done right. I do offer that service myself. The Dotnetnuke forums, blogs, and documentation are also invaluable tools in learning the trade.
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