CSS is an abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheet. A cascading style sheet is a tool used by web developers in order to create a consistent look and feel throughout pages on a website. It provides you with more control and options for layout and design than HTML.
Style sheets have been used in website design for years. These style sheets can be applied to any page of a website and details the design layout of a web page or document in terms of elements such as typeface, size and color for header and body text. They are made up of style rules that tell a browser how to present a document.
Why use CSS?
The main advantage of using CSS over HTML is that the styling for webpages are kept completely separate from the website content. However, it also has many other significant benefits:
- It is better at controlling the presentation of documents. This helps to avoid duplication, makes maintenance easier and allows you make changes in the one place.
- CSS can lead to much faster page downloads and saves bandwith usage resulting in improved performance.
- It is very easy to work with. It allows for the quick creation of layouts and troubleshooting any problems.
Are there any disadvantages associated with CSS?
Although there are many benefits to using CSS, web developers must be aware of the potential problems that it may cause also. These issues range from speed issues, different syntax to HTML, accessing external files, may complicate templates and ease of use may become complicated in content management systems (CMSs) such as Joomla and WordPress.
Depending on how you wish to present your website stylistically and design wise, using CSS can be a big advantage to your company especially in terms of promoting brand identity.
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