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#1 stubarny

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:44 PM

Hi All,

I'm very comfortable with PHP/MYSQL programming but my websites look very basic visually (e.g. like craigslist.org). What is the best way to apply a good website graphical design? I've noticed a lot of nice looking wordpress websites but I would prefer to have complete control over the PHP/SQL database. Any ideas?



#2 scootstah

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:52 AM

Sites that sell templates (such as http://themeforest.net/) usually have plain ol' HTML templates that are easy to implement.

Though really you can use templates made for Wordpress, Drupal, etc as well. You'd just have to either figure out the HTML structure and re-code the layout, or just pick out the CMS stuff.
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#3 sKunKbad

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:51 PM

Learn HTML and CSS. Learn JavaScript. If you learn these things you can make your site look good. This is the front end.
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#4 davidannis

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:48 AM

http://oswd.org has open source web designs but it seems it is no longer being updated. Not as nice as the themeforest themes, but they are free.

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#5 trq

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:52 AM

Learn HTML and CSS. Learn JavaScript. If you learn these things you can make your site look good.

pfff. There is a big difference between knowing HTML and CSS and being able to design. They are different things all together.

#6 yomanny

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:36 PM

I would recommend  checking out Zurb Foundation or Boostrap, assuming you know, or are willing to learn, HTML + CSS (you should totally learn Javascript too!).


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#7 JohnnyCash

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:08 AM

Learn HTML and CSS. Learn JavaScript. If you learn these things you can make your site look good. This is the front end.

I agree with you

#8 MargateSteve

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 08:19 PM

I would also like to suggest Bootstrap. I have been creating sites for 14 years now and even I now generally use Bootstrap as my starting framework. Even with its basic styling there is enough there to make a reasonable looking site.
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#9 annaharris

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:12 PM

I think you haven't used any CSS or javascripts in your website. Using these scripts you can create various designs of your choice. You can also go for vivid templates from wordpress or drupal providing your website a better look and feel.

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