Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets

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Cascading Style Sheets — does the phrase ring a bell? Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of this before because, maybe, you’re probably more familiar with it’s shortcut: CSS. Now, is it familiar? If you’re a regular netizen then you’ll be able to identify this term with web design and coding. It’s a language used to tinker with some social media profiles like Twitter and Tumblr, and it can also be used to modify some aspects of popular blog platforms like WordPress, though it’s not limited to that.

This language has a few levels but today we are going to focus on CSS level 3 (CSS3). It’s made quite a buzz among experts and most of them say it’s, together with HTML5, an essential for you to have a sleeker and more modern web page. Compared to it’s previous levels, CSS3 gives you more choices in terms creating the “pizazz” that you need in your designs. Let’s take a look at what all the fuss is about with CSS3.

Cool-er Features & a Better Combination

Some of the new features of CSS3 include modules for: selectors, box model, background borders, text effects, 2D/3D transitions and etc. The introduction of the modules into the whole equation makes it easier and quicker for specifications to be completed and approved. Now, imagine all of this combined with HTML 5 which fully supports the language. It will bring you even closer to achieving a more responsive web design — a design that should be responsive to the behavior and the environment of the user (depending on the screen size, platform and orientation). Making your website as such is a necessity in this gadget-oriented century.

What do I get out of it?

Did you know that CSS3 was introduced about 11 years ago? But, to this day, it’s still being updated so it goes with the ever advancing trends that technology brings. It’s interesting to know that despite it being introduced long before, it’s still the latest version CSS and it has helped web designers to design more attractive, more user-friendly, more organized, and more modern web pages. Having great content helps but the “look” factor also plays an important role especially when you want users to have a good experience when visiting your website.

Other benefits include:

  • Multi-column layout support
    • No more horizontal scrolling
    • Wraps texts making it easier to read
    • Enables embedding in a single page
  • Enhancement of browser compatibility
  • Better loading time
  • Bandwidth reduction
  • Enables you to handle multi-background images
  • Better animation
  • Usage of style-sheet
  • When combined with HTML5: no more third party plug-ins for audio/video
  • When combined with HTML5: handle pictures and graphics conveniently
  • When combined with HTML5: better page ranking
  • ETC

The list goes on! It’s widely supported by browsers such as Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome. It’s also designed to be backwards compatible which means that CSS3 is compatible with other CSS version. Hopefully, you’ll understand how to mix and use all of these elements so CSS3 can work to your advantage.

It can definitely help you grow your business by providing a way for users to have a better web experience, you’ll also be setting up a solid platform for your SEO. The possibilities are endless.

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Jimmy Simpson III

I work small and micro businesses (between 1 and 75 users). I offer WordPress Development, Virtual IT Director Services, System Administration and Web Hosting.

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