Published On :13 July,2009
Cascading style sheets or CSS as they are popularly called are powerful means to induce amazing style effects and features into plain web pages. It can format several elements of web pages like the layout color, fonts, alignments, images and so on. In fact, its not the beautification but the ease at which one can make these changes that makes CSS truly amazing!
Here are some of the common advantages of using CSS in your website design.
CSS can make your web pages look good immediately. All you need to do is blend some CSS with the HTML coding and you can have web pages that are not look great but also are stronger technically.
Shorter Design Time
Working with CSS is extremely easy. And one of the major benefits of CSS is that it reduces the time of website designing considerably. During the designing process, the properties of the elements of the web pages are controlled through the class specified in CSS. This way, the designer doesn't have to define the properties for the page over and over again. Rather, a one time specification is enough.
Easier Design Process
CSS can be controlled centrally from an external file. And because of this, it becomes extremely easier for the designer to work on the website design. All it requires is a one time definition of properties of web page elements in classes. After this you can call these classes in web pages as and when required.
CSS reduces the size of the web pages drastically and thus lessens the bandwidth used by the websites. This is because CSS is created in a separate page and called through links. This reduces the overall amount of codes that support your web pages. As a result, the size of web pages get reduces leading to savings on the web server space. And because it is downloaded once for the full session, it also reduces the bandwidth that is used.
Easy Placement of Page Elements
With CSS, developers can position the page elements anywhere they want on the web pages, something that is quite a difficult task otherwise. Also. CSS enables them to change the properties of page elements. And on top of it, you don't have to go to each and every page to do this. Rather, a one-time specification is enough for the entire website.
A rising trend on the web is to allow users to customize the web pages according to their needs. This is especially popular in websites that have user profiles. CSS enables to customize the various elements of the web pages without changing its contents. Users can change the color of the web pages, alter the layout and change the fonts to suit their preferences.
Search Engine Friendly
This is perhaps the best feature of CSS as it helps to make your website search engine friendly. The images and other elements of the web pages can be easily controlled through CSS and this helps to make the pages lighter. It can control the properties of the web page elements from outside and in the process, makes the pages more structured. And this further leads to brownie points from Google since it favors well-structured web pages.
Maneet Puri leads LeXolution IT Services (LIT), a top-notch web design & development company in India offering various web-based application and web design services to its international clients. Maneet has over 10 years of substantial experience in offering consultancy services on web-based applications including web maintenance services.