The background of a website has a powerful influence on the overall
look and feel. They can also date a website as background fashions
do tend to trend and then go out of fashion. However, updating a
background is extremely easy to do when the formatting is included
in the css.styles file. Simply changing one image for another is
all that is required.
The favored Web 2.0 backgrounds tend to be light grey or diagonal
stripes - the following sites provide free background files, with
plenty of scope to be formal, whimsical, authorative, techie etc:
- very subtle paper like backgrounds
44Suburbia - for the more
Background Maker -
a very good wizard to create your own background - all with a click
- older style free backgrounds but many beautiful examples
over 50 background patterns with a live preview option to test out
the backgrounds as you browse.
- for the most up to date backgrounds of every type.
around a thousand pixellated patterns submitted by users.
Pattern - patterns are not free, but collections cost less than
$20 a set.
Pattern4u - another site
jam packed with unique backgrounds and patterns - there are well
over 100 different patterns to choose from.
Pootato - more
simplistic patterns which can also be used in Photoshop and other
graphics programs. Also some great Photoshop brushes
- over 150 stunning background patterns by Travis Beckham.
keep up with the Web 2.0 trend and create your own unique stripes
with Stripe Generator.
TartanMaker - if stripes
aren't to your taste - you can go tartan plaid using Tartan Maker
- an interactive tartan plaid maker.
NOTE: if using patterns as a watermark behind your web page copy
- make them very, very faint. They may look great to you, but can
be annoying for many readers who may have their computer screens
at different settings to yours.
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