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7 Reasons Why CSS is Superior to HTML Tables

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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is purely a tool used to design a website’s visual information in such a way that it makes the site both effective and efficient. It has become the universal language for developers and designers. But the question arises, what makes CSS much more powerful than HTML tables? Below are some of the advantages of using CSS in web design:

  1. SEO Friendly
  2. Are you worried about SEO of your website? If yes, then it’s better to choose Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) instead of HTML tables. If you want to increase the traffic to your site, then you should use CSS-based layout and say no to table-based layout. Below are some of the reasons why you should choose CSS based layout:
    a) Search engine spiders can easily crawl through your website only when the size of your file is small.
    b) Search engine spiders does not require too much of code for crawling purpose.
    c) With the help of h1, h2 and h3 header tags, search engine spiders can easily determine the information which is displayed on your website.

  3. Faster Page Loading
  4. The advantage of converting a table-based layout to a CSS-based layout is that it stores the content, images within the HTML file and the visual information such as style, color and layout stored within a CSS file. This conversion helps in minimizing the amount of code in the web page and ultimately page loads fast. However, when tables are used in designing a layout, it requires more HTML coding along with markup tags such as “td align”, “td width”, “font face”, and “bgcolor”. But in CSS-based layout, markup tags are replaced with “div” as well as code details for width, margin, padding, height and visuals are combined in this. CSS-based layout has 170 lines of code but a table-based layout has 245 lines of code, which takes 2-4 times longer for the page to load. So it’s better to choose CSS because little markup is used, and websites load faster, which is good for attracting huge amount of visitors to a site.

  5. Efficiency
  6. When you redesign your website, you should use CSS instead of using tables as it is significantly slower than the CSS. When you use CSS-based designs, a web-designer can make changes easily to the single page by editing the external CSS style sheet. This is the biggest advantage of using CSS style sheets.

  7. Easy Accessibility
  8. With the help of CSS-based designs you can make your website more accessible, user friendly and improve navigation for your users. If your site is not accessible easily then it is expected that your visitors leave your site as soon as possible. CSS helps in the placements of interactive elements, provide cross-browser style declarations, easy separation of content from visual information and lastly multi-medium support.

  9. Consistency
  10. Just by editing the CSS file, web designers can easily redesign your whole website. For instance, when tables are used, designers would have to open every single file to edit elements such as a header, but through CSS, designers can easily edit it all in one CSS file. All you need to do is open the CSS file, edit all elements found in the header and then upload it again.

  11. Complicated Layouts and Designs
  12. While designing you should always use CSS instead of tables as CSS offer’s freedom in designing. Designers generally use CSS-based designs because these designs are flexible, expandable and fluid. But why designers don’t use table-based designs? Because the table-based design is a grid based, rigid, and also inflexible. CSS offers perfect positioning of elements, which are paired with the z-index property. And also allows CSS designs to position the elements on top of one another, allowing more uniqueness, complexity, and stunning layouts.

  13. Usability
  14. It’s important to have a website which has strong usability otherwise a website is intended to fail. Usability refers to easiness that helps people in navigation, interactive session as well as browsing through a site. Thus, there are a number of reasons why usability is better with CSS than with the table-based designs.

So, if you are anxious about the usability of your website, accessibility, performance, quick site updations, and structured markup, then you should choose CSS-based layouts for your website. Moreover, it is beneficial to those who create a new website or redesign an existing one. We believe that the information shared in this post is beneficial to PSD to CSS/HTML service providers.

Varun Bhagat is a technology geek and works in PixelCrayons as a Sr. Technology Consultant. He possesses in-depth knowledge of different web development technology and helps our clients to choose the best technology as per their needs.

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