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Benefits Of A Totally Css Driven Site
Posted 21 June 2005 - 06:25 PM
I remember having that same discussion years ago with a designer friend who was (and still is) big on CSS, but I really couldn't remember all her arguments off hand.
How about we start a list here of the benefits of an all CSS site?
The main one that I know of is that you can pour the same content into various things, but I couldn't really remember what sorts of things you might want to do that with!
Any CSS gurus here?
Posted 21 June 2005 - 06:29 PM
Posted 21 June 2005 - 06:37 PM
They basically just enter the content and the CSS does the rest for them, so you've got consistency across the site, and if they decide they want to make changes to the look of the site, a change in the CSS changes all of the pages in the same way.
A foolish consistency may be the hobgoblin of small minds, but not all consistency is foolish
Posted 21 June 2005 - 06:39 PM
The lower cost of development and maintenance for the same reason
Posted 21 June 2005 - 06:44 PM
If you go to the CSS Zen garden Site in Firefox, and then disable the CSS (using the web developer toolbar), you can then view the content without the mark-up, and in a "search friendly" way. Or, just view the Sample HTML file.
The structure of content enables viewing regardless of access device:
All can view the content without the limitations of the design. Or, a stylesheet can be created to suit each display type.
The additional plus is page weight. A CSS page can skinny down up to 60% compared to a traditional HTML mark-up page. This is harder to quantify, but pages load faster and less bandwidth is used.
Posted 21 June 2005 - 07:50 PM
This can facilititate changes in branding and graphic standards as well as allowing different looks to reflect seasonal themes and special events or to test out the effect of different page layouts on clickthroughs and conversions.
Separating the content from the presentation also means that your site can adapt easily as browsers and standards evolve.
Posted 21 June 2005 - 10:12 PM
CSS-rendered sites are tricky to develop in a way that will display consistently across all browsers and resolutions. I have an all-css site that just drives me nuts because things overlap at lower resolutions and look oddly spread-out at higher ones.
The Zen garden example, while very versatile, does not display a site with lots of content that needs to be precisely organized. Yes, they can work, but more often than not they return unexpected results at different res.
Unless you are just bound and determined to have the cool factor of an all-CSS layout, I find a combination of tables and CSS gives the most consistent display while removing a lot of the redundant code.
Posted 22 June 2005 - 12:25 AM
- I can't remember who it was (darn it) but a web-standards type blog a year or so ago had a discussion of 'have you ever *really* redone a site just by changing the css? The consensus seemed to be that, no, its not valid to say 'we can redo the site without touching the css!' because the html always needs tweaking, if not rebuilding completely.
- lots of people feel they can't get a consistent layout in css, and its 'too hard' and table design is 'easy'. Its important to bear in mind that no one said it was 'free' - there is a learning curve, and until you have ascended that mountain you won't be happy with the results. But, unless you have to support NN4 or worse, you poor sod, a cross-browser css-based layout is quite possible, with experience. The argument of 'i could so this in table-based design' really means 'I'm unhappy to have to redo all the training I did to be a master of table-based design'. Tabled was never easy, either.
Hope thats on topic.
Posted 22 June 2005 - 08:31 AM
. . . Which I think some purists would have a heart attack to hear, but the combo is still a valid use of code and is standards-compliant (with proper table mark-up and cell/column identification).
Posted 22 June 2005 - 04:19 PM
Posted 22 June 2005 - 04:45 PM
If you section off a page into the basic design components - then code the CSS to allow use or non-use of each section to dynamiclly flow into the void if a component's area is not used, then converting the look of a site becomes much easier.
Posted 22 June 2005 - 05:08 PM
Posted 22 June 2005 - 05:44 PM
I am no CSS guru, but I like CSS+CMS driven sites, that can pour content into any other shell. They are very low maintenance..
I have started another topic on CMS/Portals that is related to CSS driven sites. I am currently doing research on what CMS/portals are SEO/Search Marketing friendly-Link to topic. Would love to hear members thoughts on that topic..
Posted 22 June 2005 - 11:38 PM
I love nothing better than an excellent CSS site. They are truly excellent and incredibly useful. I just couldn't be arsed creating one. Simply too much hassle.
However, if I get one ready made, they are an absolute joy to work with, as long as I don't want to make major changes to layout and design. So, the question really is what is important: speed to market or ease of updating after launch.
That is for each person / project to decide, but usually, a few tables won't kill anyone!
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