New to CSS? New to CSSnewbie? Start Here!

Published July 9, 2008 by CSS Newbies.

I get a great many reader comments that read something like this: “Your site is the best CSS resource on the web (okay, maybe I’m embellishing slightly here), but where do I start if I’m new?” And that’s a fantastic question. If you’re new to the site, it can be tough to find your way around at first. So here is a collection of articles to get you started. I’ve broken them down into two categories: articles for true CSS newbies, and articles for people new to CSSnewbie, but with an understanding of CSS.

New to CSS

If you don’t know much about CSS at all, but would like to, here is where you want to start. I’ve tried to put them in an order that makes sense, but feel free to click around as you see fit.

New to

So where should you start reading if you’re new to the site? Well, that’s largely subjective depending on your interests, but here are a few articles that a lot of people have found interesting in the past.

And if those articles don’t whet your whistle, don’t forget to check out the article categories listed in the sidebar. That’s a great way to find a lot of information fast, if you know what it is you’re looking for.

If you have other articles you’ve read on this site that are favorites, or articles that you think are essential to the beginning CSS master, please don’t hesitate to mention them in the comments. I’d be more than willing to add things to either list.

Also, I’ll be adding a link to this article to the sidebar once it has cycled off the front page. That way, future generations can bask in our collective wisdom.

4 Responses

  1. Anonymous (reply)

    Good Afternoon Rob,
    I would like to ask two questions!

    1)I want to start a blog where I need a format of two columns. The layout should be such that comments can be entered in either column independent of each other down the entire page. I think this could be accomplished by tables and then entering the code for the comment section, but I do not know how to actually layout the code. I would like the comment format to be identical to how it is displayed on CSS Newbie with an dual option for ‘name’, email and as stated above, the comments sections. The columns should be separated by a 25px space. Of course there should be space on the outer sides of both columns.

    2) As you can see on my current blog much is lacking. Can you tell me what font is good to use and recommended a font size? I have just learned HTML and CSS is so new to me! I do not understand it and cannot locate any clues to the font, font size, font color etc. when viewing a source code. I like a clean interface and the font type on this site is ideal for me. As well, do you have a tutorial and/or article primer, i.e. CSS 101 with regard to page formatting, styles of blogs, and all the simple basics for the newest newbie you ever saw!

    Keep up the good work,

  2. Prodyot (reply)

    This is a true “stumble upon” happening for me.
    I was looking for a friendly CSS tutorial and look what I found!
    I am bookmarking it for regular reading to gain some CSS expertise.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. fionna (reply)

    Hello! I am new to this CSS field. I know only few of the basic styles such as defining class and id’s. How long will it take me to get into the advanced styling?


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