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What is CSS and what is it used for?
Cascading style sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used to describe the presentation semantics (e.g., fonts, colors, spacing) of web documents written in HTML. It is responsible for controlling the visual rendering of all elements of a document by describing how they should look on screen.
In this article, we will see what exactly is CSS, its importance, and how to improve your deploys by using our CSS Minifier.
The most common uses for CSS are:
- Layouts and positioning
- Color palettes
- Animations and transitions
CSS Scale and Network problems
When CSS was first released, the web was in its early stages, pages were smaller and there wasn't much more than text and images. So CSS was built with simplicity in mind, taking into account only the most basic elements that were used on these sites.
But times have changed and today web applications are built with complex components and architecture.
Because CSS was not built to be used in such an environment, it lacks some features to ensure scalability. Just like HTML, the amount of CSS code in your project will probably grow very fast.
The language is evolving and has included lots of cool features that can help you to build more dynamic styles. Preprocessors like SASS and LESS can also have a huge impact on the size of your style codebase. But large systems still demand for very large style files.
Such files with unnecessarily large amounts of rules can have a huge impact on your users' download experience. That's exactly where code minification comes into play!
Code minification and CSS Minifier
CSS Minify is a technique used to reduce the size of style rules files. It aims to ensure faster page load speeds, especially on slow connections and mobile devices.
The process consists of removing all unnecessary line breaks, spaces, and other elements, reducing the number of bytes that need to be downloaded in order to style your page.
When generating the files for a production deployment, you should apply the minification process, reducing the size of your files and improving the loading experience for your users. Tools like Node Minify or HTML Minifier Terser can be applied to achive this.
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