Building Websites? First, Try Learning CSS.

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Building Websites? First, Try Learning CSS.

Whether your end goal is a fully interactive animated wonderland or simply a well formatted blog post (like this one), sticking to the simplicity of HTML may be enticing, but will never get you as far as you’d hope.

This is why you need CSS.

A screencap of a purely HTML webpage.

“What is CSS?” you might ask. CSS is an acronym for Cascading Style Sheets– which, to the untrained eye, is as confusing as the acronym itself. To explain with more clarity, CSS is the coding language that gives most websites their unique “look” and style beyond the simple content that is added within HTML, as you can see above. CSS was developed in 1996 by the World Wide Web Consortium, and since then has slowly grown from popularity to necessity, and is now regarded as almost as basic as HTML itself– meaning that without it, your websites will appear to be a relic from before the turn of the century.

Nobody wants that. Fortunately, CSS is fairly simple to learn, provided you have a basic computer aptitude already. If you’re a wannabe computer wizard, you can start learning CSS here, and find more advanced training here, all while keeping a helpful glossary at hand for those of us that don’t have eidetic memories.

Learning CSS  has the additional benefit of making your code look extra complicated, which will impress your less technologically-inclined acquaintances.

But of course, not all of us are so inclined as to be able to sit down and learn a programming language on a whim. Besides, even if you did have the skillset to allow for that, who has the time to do that, especially while managing a small business? Particularly in small towns where your business may be constrained to a tightly knit community, spending hours on the computer to beautify a website will likely end up hurting your business, rather than helping it. That’s why at Tenaya Digital, we’re trained in CSS, amongst other Content Management Systems such as WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace and more, giving us the tools to get your website out of the nineties, and into a more beautiful future.