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Advance CSS optimization tips and techniques

Web Design | Admin | Last Updated: 2009-11-14

Advance CSS optimization tips and techniques

In the present scenario, where Time is Money, people hardly wait for the sites to open. Internet is flooded with information laden sites, if one takes time to load, people switch to other. In order to avoid this to happen to your webpage or site, various CSS optimization techniques can be improvised. CSS optimization is a process that aims at reducing the extra load of WebPages or Sites, which in turn lead to their speedy loading and hence help them escalate the search engine rankings. It is updated at recurrent intervals of time so as to provide you with tips to design a site that is easy to load.

Tips and techniques of Advanced Optimization: -

Smaller style sheets

  • CSS Sprites
  • CSS layout and positioning control
  • Faster tables
  • Substitution

Smaller style sheets :- To minimize the loading time of the websites one has to reduce the size of the style sheets. This can be done by using Shorthand Properties, selecting and grouping similar classes that have same CSS declarations.

> Group Selectors:-
Selector is one of the CSS syntax, which is usually the HTML tag that we wish to define. By selecting the similar group of selectors we save a lot of time. We separate each selector with the help of a comma.
> Selector Specificity:-
It is a method, which is used to determine as to which set of rules should be given priority in CSS when more than one rule can be applied to an element. By using similar level of rules leads to code redundancy and style clashes. If a code is reduced by merging its common properties, lot of weight of style sheets can be lessened.
> CSS Shorthand:-
It is a property of CSS that allows us to state various properties using one. It eases the web designers to make concise CSS code and applies style to markup.

CSS Sprites :- with the help of CSS sprite, a single image file can be created that consists of many images in a grid form. Only single image is required to be placed on the webpage, while rest of the images can be shown using a property of Background Positioning.

CSS layout and positioning control: - In order to completely optimize the HTML document one needs to transform the code from tables to CSS layout. This method will lead to faster loading of sites.

Faster tables:- CSS can be used to align your table and add background colors, which add style to your sheets and helps in improving the flexibility and speed of the web page or site.

Substitution:- CSS based effects can be substituted by JavaScript techniques like menus or rollovers and tables
These CSS guidelines or tips will let you create a web page which is compact and yet loaded with all the requisite information. Also these speed up techniques will readily allow your sites to upload faster and hence increase the traffic on your site.

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