Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) allows you to create fast
loading pages, increase your search engine rankings, and
modify your whole site with one style sheet. So why don't
more people use them? This is because they got so used to
html design and are afraid or too lazy to upgrade their
skills. Some will also use ready made templates that
contain flashy graphics, bloated code and sometimes
even contains hidden code embedded in the page.
In this series of articles I will show you how to create a
simple web site using CSS, so you will have no excuse to
begin incorporating them into your future designs.
What are Cascading Style Sheets?
Cascading Style Sheets is the name of a simple language
that allows you to add any style (font, colors, graphics,
links, layouts) to your web pages.
Benefits of Cascading Style Sheets
1. Separate content from presentation ? you can separate
your HTML markup, text, graphics and multimedia from
2. Consistent site wide look and feel consistency ? you can
apply one style for 100s of web pages all at once. So if
you had to change the color of all pages on your site, you
only have to edit one style sheet. This saves you a huge
amount of time, especially if you had to edit each page
3. Web site maintenance - apart from being able to make
site wide changes easily through one CSS file, the clean
code it generates makes it easier to update. Properly
marked up web pages permit them to be maintained by more
than one person. It will also work in more browsers. Web
site redesigns will take much less time.
4. Improve search engine rankings ? search engines
generally spider the code at the top of your web page first.
For most sites that means the navigation bar will be spidered
first (resides at top of page code). CSS enables you to
position the code for your content at the top making your
page search engine friendly. Properly marked up HTML pages
can easily found and properly categorized by search engines
5. Fast loading ? CSS reduces the amount of tags used
therefore producing clean code. Tableless design can reduce
your load time by 25% to 50%.
6. Reduce bandwidth ? compacting the amount of code used
will reduce the amount of bandwidth needed to host your web
pages. Therefore you won't have to pay higher fees when
adding more web documents to your site.
7. Accessibility - increasing accessibility with CSS means
being able to serve web content to a larger audience,
increasing web site usability, even for non-disabled
people. Content can easily be formatted for projection as
well as screen display. Tableless layouts display well on
8. Improve the printing of web pages ? most printers will
only allow you to print a portion of the web page. With CSS
your whole document can be printed.
When you use CSS it becomes quick and easy to apply new
styles that can not only effect all styles on your web page
but even your whole site.
In the next article I will explain how to layout a web page
Herman Drost is the Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)
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