The innovation of CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets came in the form of a savior in the eyes of Web developers all over. It created an easier means for them to not only create impressive websites in terms of appearance, but also maintain every page in it at ease. What was earlier only possible through HTML coding, CSS proved that you needn’t rely solely upon it to tweak the appearance of your website. So now you could modify the font, tables, borders, layouts, anything, at ease.
The main function of CSS was to allow HTML codes to adhere only to functionality, rather than have to involve it in the design process too.
Some of the advantages of using CSS for websites are,
- Lesser Restrictions
Creating changes to the design of a website through HTML is quite restrictive whereas with CSS one has the liberty to alter it exactly to their preference.
Maintaining websites using CSS requires lesser codes in comparison to doing so through HTML. Hence, pages load faster since the number of codes involved are at a minimum.
Another perk of using CSS for maintaining websites is that you can now be assured of a uniform appearance all through the website. Rather than tweaking each page separately, one can now set it to make the same change over several pages at once. Like, say you need to change the border size on each page, or you need to slightly move an image a few notches to the side. With HTML websites, this will be very difficult to do as it won’t just involve a gazillion codes, you also won’t be able to guarantee uniformity all through the website.
However, with CSS designed websites, one only needs to make the change one single page, and the rest are done automatically.
- Saves Time
As it doesn’t require one to type in a million codes over and over again, to make the same changes over several pages, you can maintain websites at a much faster pace than by doing it through HTML. This is especially helpful for websites that consist of a vast number of pages
With the numerous browsers available to us nowadays we need to ensure to create a website that will be viewed the way you intended, on all of them. By creating websites using CSS, one can be assured of not facing any such problems ever.
- Search Engines
Search Engines, as we all know, give first preference to content. By using CSS technique, it allows for your websites to comprise of lesser codes and more content. Thus, it is highly efficient when it comes to your websites positioning on a Search Engine Result Page.
Also, since CSS websites involve lesser codes, it makes it easier for said Search Engines to read through the content on it.
With the advancement in technology, we now have an array of device options that allow Internet connectivity. Hence, one needs to ensure to create a website that allows for easy optimization so as to cater to a wider audience.
Using only HTML coding to create your website, may make it harder for you in future to alter it in away to suit various media’s. However, by using Cascading Style Sheets, one can now do so at ease as it offers various options in terms of viewing styles.
Like most good things, CSS too has its disadvantages albeit at a minimum.
- Limited Images
CSS has its limitations in terms of the number of background images one can use, so one may not be able to go incorporate complicated design elements for the websites backdrop.
With CSS designed websites, one may face the problem of collapsing margins which will require some extensive rectification procedures to bring it back to normal
- Vertical Placement
It’s pretty impossible to place content vertically with CSS as it doesn’t allow one to do so.
If ever one needs to make a change in terms of a steady feature like the color, font, size, anything, one may need to replace it all as CSS doesn’t comprise of any erratic elements.