Writing clean code is the foremost priority when development is concerned and CSS is no exception. You may be surrounded by many designers and developers who may claim to be great at what they do and they may be very good but there are some common mistakes that CSS coders usually make. Perfection comes only with continuous learning and learning is something that should never stop. This is how even we have grown, so here are a few common mistakes that we figured out CSS coders make, and we say this from our own experience:
Lack of Planning:
The most common mistake is to not plan the layout of the website properly. This directly affects your CSS code too. So pick up your pen and paper and start writing down your vision of the website. Write down even the minutest of details like how do you want certain element in a web page to behave when live.
Another common mistake that CSS developers make is using a background image that is bigger than what the browser is capable of handling. As a result the image becomes blurred and the image doesn’t even the serve the purpose for which it was used in the first place.
Using a lot of CSS files:
There are many CSS files available but that doesn’t mean you use as many as you can. That’s not a good practice to follow. Instead use a schema where only 1 or 2 CSS files can accommodate the entire data. This will make that the browser doesn’t have to send 10 different requests for 10 different files which improves the overall performance of the design.
Using Animations just for the heck of it:
Animation is one of the most powerful ways of communicating one’s brand’s essence to its target audience effectively. But it is not the only way. Both HTML5 and CSS3 allow you to add animation but before you decide to use it, ask yourself whether you have a good reason for it. Use animation only if required otherwise it will make your web page slower and might also malign the design layout of the web page.
Leaving White Spaces:
Many CSS coders leave white spaces between elements thinking they might have to add something in the future. But once the complete development has been finalized they forget to remove the white spaces. This only results in unnecessary memory being used which only makes your website heavier and messes up with the performance. And you don’t want that, do you?