Web design has evolved significantly from its early days. Today, it is moving at such a pace that it is getting harder for even the web developers and designers to keep pace with it. On the other hand, clients are looking for web design solutions that not functions properly but also looks great. That is where CSS comes into play. In this article, you will learn about five things to avoid when writing CSS code.
Are you using Software as a Service (SaaS) platform to organize your CSS? If yes, then you should never nest declarations. What nesting does is that it complicates things further by adding dependency and abstraction layer. Don’t use nested structure because it is not right SaaS feature and could hamper the user experience of your website due to added complexity and layers.
- Creating Multiple Files
“Break down the large web design projects into smaller, more manageable chunks” Ever got this advice. I am sure you might have received this advice many times. Even though, it might seems like a sensible thing to do but it is not the right way to go when you are writing CSS code. Have you ever thought about the difficulties you would have to face when you combine all the files together?
CSS is a sequential and exception based language therefore creating multiple CSS file will do nothing but confuse you as it gives off the feeling that each CSS file is a separate entity, which it is not. Instead of creating multiple CSS files, create one CSS file and put everything in it. It will make it easier for you to edit it and keep things organized.
- Establishing Device Break Points
One of the biggest mistake front end developers make is that they establishes device breakpoints when writing CSS code. With so many mobile devices, each with a different screen size and screen dimension, you cannot afford to do that. Always keep one thing in mind, breakpoints for a specific device and screen size is not responsive web design. Get creative and only place breakpoints where the content does not fit properly. This will help your design to expand and contract automatically depending on the device dimensions. With more wearable devices, smart-watches and VR headset hitting the market shelves, you need to adept quickly in order to deliver a perfect user experience irrespective of the device and its dimensions.
- Setting Fixed Height for Web Elements
Another common mistake CSS developers usually make is to use a fixed height for web element especially content. Have you ever seen a text field expand or contract when you try to put more content in it? You can analyze the same effect by zooming in and out. You might have to write a lot of redundant code at different breakpoints but it is well worth the effort because it will help you create pixel perfect websites. In an era dominated by responsive websites, you cannot fix the dimension of any other website elements.