There is an ongoing debate between web developers/programmers as to which is better suited for a website layout: CSS or table-based? Although tables can seem like the easy way to go since we [developers] are all familiar with tables and how they work, there are several reasons why CSS may be a better option.
Here are my top 8 reasons, why you should use CSS to create the layout for your website.
- Separation of Content and Layout– Allows for more organized code that is quick and easy to update. A change to one CSS file updates the entire website.
- No Spacer GIFs– When using tables for a layout structure, spacer GIFs are sometimes used to correct spacing issues. CSS doesn’t require the use of spacer GIFs, because white space is easy to adjust.
- Faster Page Loading– Table-based layouts tend to use more code which makes the page take longer to load, because the web browser has more code to read. Using CSS may help your page load faster.
- More Complex Layouts– A CSS layout is more flexible than a table-based layout. You can create more complex designs when you are not constrained by the grid-based layouts that tables create.
- Easy to Update/Maintain– This goes along with point #1. The separation of the design and the content makes it easy to update and manage. Less code on the content pages makes it easy for developers to read and a CSS file is easy to make changes to that quickly update the entire website. If another developer is editing the design, it is easy for them to find the style that needs to be updated.
- Design Consistency– When every page links to the same CSS file the design should be consistent throughout the website.
- Job Security – Since CSS does come with a learning curve, it is a staple to know how to use it. Not everyone is good at CSS; you have to work at it.