Finding good website templates is tough. Finding good website templates that are standards compliant (or at least trying to be) is even tougher. Here are more than 40 that are CSS based and standards compliant (or at least with a good head-start on being so). The best part is that they’re all free!
Nautica06 – template with a zen-like feel that would be excellent for a photographer, graphic designer, or ad agency.
Twilight – simple light on dark theme.
Red Hot Chili – a simple red & white design with chili peppers (the produce, not the band).
Good Morning Budapest – this one has a cool image of a man on a bench in Budapest.
Simple Life – a woodgrain background and a nature-inspired look.
Chary – this one would be perfect for an online store.
flowertree – beautiful flowering tree fixed background.
Lemonaid – this one is very simple with the white background and dark gray & orange text.
neuphoric – a park-like header and simple layout.
Jefferson – urban background and footer navigation.
Fashionista – header navigation and a trendy look.
liblueen – header navigation and a simple, straight-forward layout.
I See Frogs – designs with frogs are always a hit!
Passion – simple geometric header and design.
black.orange – tabbed header navigation and footer navigation.
Enrainment – gorgeous sky header and tabbed top navigation.
Adam – tabbed navigation below the header and space for two+ content sections in the single column.
Refreshed – rounded corners and header navigation.
Sunset – this one is about as simple as you can get, very elegant, with no navigation bar.
Go Faster Red – header navigation and a red and white color scheme.
Spring_Began – a simple floral motif and header navigation.
Season’s Greetings – design with a Christmas-theme.
Finding Peace – this is absolutely one of my favorite templates with a serene bamboo theme.
Silence and Harmony – pastoral header image (it’s a farm in Vermont) and nature-inspired look.
The Piano – antique-looking design, piano header image and old paper background.
A Symphony of Horror – a Nosferatu header and a noir design.
Bright Pixel – corporate-looking template with an elegant gray design and geometric header.
Groovy Blue – header navigation and rounded corners.
The Hobbit – inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, with a Hobbit house header and top navigation.
Myhedspace_Free04 – a light grey header and text and a simple, elegant design.
Neonix – simple with header navigation and a lime-green color scheme.
Simplicity Two-Point-Oh! – simple gray color scheme and tabbed header navigation.
The BIG Leaf – I love the cool leaf background and slightly distressed look.
Rizzlelicious – this one has top navigation and two content sections: a dark-on-light top section and light-on-dark bottom.
Organic Design – nature-inspired design with a butterfly illustration in the header and top navigation.
Simplicity and The Footer – a fixed footer that has the page title and navigation and a scrolling content section.
One Pager – Gray and white template with top navigation and a fixed width.
Orange Tinge – tan and orange theme with header navigation.
Black World – gray and lime green template with header navigation.