Technology is constantly evolving and advancing and nothing shows this more than
the (short) history of the web. Just a few years ago, the internet was full of
Singapore web design with blinking, animated icons and background midi music and lots of people
thought it was really great. Advance a few years forward and, although you still
see those things from time to time, the web now contains much more sophisticated
elements like video clips, rss feeds, detailed flash animations, and more.
As the “ideas” about what a website is and what it should, or could,
do for a company have also evolved, designers have strived to streamline the
process of developing websites and to make them more efficient and predictable.
Because different browsers interpret code differently, it hasn’t always been
easy to make more complex websites look the same (or even good in some cases)
across browsers and systems. What used to work in the early days of the web
was no longer working the way Singapore web design wanted or needed it to.
Cascading Style Sheets to the Rescue.
Cascading Style Sheets, also known as CSS, were introduced to improve the capabilities
of web presentation. Prior to CSS, almost all of the html attributes that made
up the “look and feel” of a web page were contained within the html
directly. This made web page code heavy and often quite clunky. By using Cascading
Style Sheets, designers could separate the design elements from the content
of a web page and thereby make the pages more efficient, more streamlined, and
easier to maintain.
Not all designers jumped on the CSS bandwagon, and even today, many designers
still prefer to layout their web pages using html table-based design, the way
just about everyone used to do it. Using CSS to layout a web design company singapore is quite different
from the “old fashioned” table layout. However, the advantages to
using a CSS layout for a web design Singapore heavily outweigh any argument given for using
Although I wouldn’t expect clients to know the intricate details of Cascading
Style Sheets (and let’s face it, most clients don’t really want to know much
if anything about it!), I do think that clients should be aware of the advantages
of using CSS layouts and how they can enhance their websites both now and in
Advantages to Using CSS for Web Layout
Web pages will load faster
No one likes waiting for web pages to load and if a page takes too long to load,
many users will often simply leave. Generally speaking, CSS based page layouts
require much less html coding than table-based layouts. This usually results
in the pages loading more quickly. Moreover, an externally linked CSS file,
once loaded the first time, does not have to be reloaded and re-read on every
page. When using CSS for layout, browsers can cache (keep in memory) all the
formatting and stylizing for your pages instead of having to read and interpret
each style tag on every page. This can also result in much faster page loading
Visual consistency across pages One of the strengths of using Cascading Style
Sheets in a website layout is that design elements can be defined in a single
place (the css file) and will automatically be applied to those elements on
the website. No longer does each individual page have to be updated to reflect
the new style. This makes for much greater consistency throughout the site.
With CSS, you do not have to re-code every element on every page (and check
and double check that you didn’t miss some pages!), styling updates are automatic
Accessibility and usability CSS allows for more interactive style elements,
including font size and line heights, which can make web pages more usable for
people with disabilities. Web pages that use CSS layouts are also often more
compatible with more browsers. What’s more, designers can create specific css
files specifically for printing, or mobile devices, as well as the standard
computer screen, thereby making websites truly multimedia applications.
CSS is better for SEO Since pages load faster with CSS Layouts, search engines
can more easily crawl through the site. Also, since there is often less coding
on the pages and because CSS separates the design elements from the content,
it is easier for search engines to determine what a page is about and to index
it appropriately. Finally, search engine spiders rely heavily on structural
organization (heading (h1, h2, h3, etc) tags) and CSS allows designers to design
those elements as needed and to place them within the page layout in a way that
is most beneficial for search engine optimization.
Future redesigns will be more efficient (read, less expensive!) Since CSS layouts
separate design elements from content, once a site has been designed using Cascading
Style Sheets, making changes to the design is often easier because fewer files
need to be updated (often only the css files rather than every page on the website!)
This makes for faster and less expensive design changes in the future. Set your
site up using CSS now and you can have easier, more efficient and quicker updates
in the future.
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