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Trouble organizing your CSS? 6 handy tips to consider!


Have you come across those monotonous and boring websites in the recent past? Not many? Well, thanks to the grueling efforts of web developers aiming to provide a unique and best in class user experience to visitors. What could be a better way to do it easily than CSS – Cascading Style Sheets? CSS is the most efficient way to design the stylistic elements of a website, from its typography, font, color or background.

While some developers do the wonders using HTML code, some others prefer separate style sheet. So, if you too are amongst many who use separate style sheets, in this post Monks come up with effective ways for organizing your CSS so that you can easily edit and change your style.

1. First and foremost create table of contents. Right table of contents help you determine the style characteristics. Some websites are having a variety of stylish elements and in such cases; numbered code is advisable and helpful. With numbers you could skim through the styles and amend the sheets in no time.

2. Utilization of flags isn’t very popular, but it surely helps organizing style sheets in a better way.  Some developers prefer creating separate tags for different sections like typography, icons, sliders, etc. With this approach, you could easily classify between the global style and individual components. If you do not flag the elements properly you might end up changing the color of your site’s background than changing the color of fonts. You should also create a distinction between individual landing pages and templates.

3. Make sure that your properties are alphabetized. Once you map the basic sections, present the categories into alphabetical form. Changing structure of the categories becomes easy if they are arranged in an alphabetical way. You can easily insert, delete categories in the future.

4. Most developed are not very organized when it comes to managing CSS. Indenting items related to categories makes it easier to quickly locate items and change or edit those. You could either indent the root or descend items depending on your comfort.

5. One more way of organizing the heap of your code is to define set of basic rules for each specific area only once. Doing so, you will not rewrite the default value repeatedly over time. Once you know that headings do not have the margins or padding for an example, define it on the top level. Such kind of definition of master rules help especially if there are no major structural changes and minor font or color changes.

6. If you still feel there is a need to organize your CSS, you could use CSS organizers like ProCSS or and StyleNeat that can quickly comb through your CSS and provide you clean, neat and easy to skim presentation.

Check out the 7 divine CSS best practices to follow.

Do you feel there are some other ways you could organize CSS style sheets for quick edit? Do let us know in the comments below:

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