The easiest task in web design is styling with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). When you are starting out to learn how to use CSS, you may be overwhelmed by the quantity of materials to learn. If you take a look at the overall picture you may want to change your career. If you look at CSS as a composition of modules which make the whole picture, then you are on an interesting and fulfilling career. We are going to take a trip through this journey together. I will share with you the secrets of learning CSS that sailed me through the whole process.
Secret number 2: Learn and understand HTML and the DOM model. You will never be able to have effective use CSS if you have no understanding of the DOM model. With proper knowledge of the DOM model, you will be able to apply selectors, which is the main part of the two part CSS syntax, well. With Knowledge of HTML and the DOM model, yu will be almost halfway in learning CSS. You will never go wrong when it comes to applying selectors with that knowledge.
Secret number 3: In any application scenario, each piece of CSS syntax is divided into two parts; Selector and Declaration. Ensure you understand the syntax structure before you start learning the application. The first thing to do when using CSS is to identify which HTML part of your webpage is affected. The affected CSS forms the selector, what you want to change forms the declaration. You can have several selectors with one declaration or one selector with many declarations. As a beginner, be in the habit of using only one selector with all its declaration at one point. As you advance, you can then be able to combine the selectors.
Secret number 4: The art of learning CSS is divided into two key areas; learning to use the CSS elements and CSS best practices. If you give the two areas a go at the same time, you are likely to be overwhelmed and give up the race. Start by learning the elements. When you are comfortable with the use of the elements, you can then start learning the best practices for each element. Best practices are all about giving the site visitor good usage when they visit your site.
Secret number 5: Break down the entire CSS into modules. Identify all the areas in CSS and then divide them into segments. Have a look at the best designed websites. This will give you a sneak preview of what you need to learn. You will also get a clue of what you will need to cover and how to do it better. Consult an expert to guide you through CSS features that can be achieved by CSS and what features are achieved by other web application technologies. One way of breaking the CSS into modules could be: Selectors, layout, text modification, transformations, transitions, form styling and effects. Learn each module to completion before you move to the next module.
Secrets number 6: When you have completely learnt the elements that make up CSS, learn the best practices. The most important best practice is the use of the reset stylesheet. Each browser has its default CSS which is used in the absence of any CSS. Resetting the CSS will give you an almost neutral result when it comes to different browsers. Learn on how different web browsers render each CSS element. That way, you will know how to handle any inconsistencies that may appear in some browsers.
Secret number 7: Visit blogs and forums to learn what is trending. The best way to learn anything is to learn it from experts. Do not be afraid to copy and use any CSS that is given out freely to learn. Copy and paste the codes and run it to find what effects is brings on the webpage. Play around with the code to find the changes it brings. You will be able to learn and grasp more using already created codes.
Secret number 8: As you learn, create pages applying the CSS you have learnt. Improve the pages with any new knowledge acquired. You will be able to hold all you have learnt when you apply it well. Show out your webpages to others so that they can critique to help you improve your skills. In all you do, remember that you are doing everything for the user. The result should most importantly please the site visitors.