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Responsive Grid Systems

by Tom / Website Design

The world of CSS is one that is constantly expanding, changing, and evolving. While the actual bones of CSS have been around for quite some time, there are always new bits that are thrown into the whole world of CSS that add to its overall function and feature set. However, with so many different additions to CSSS, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which ones are worth checking out, and which ones are better left untouched. If you’ve done any web design or web development work within the past few years, chances are you’ve heard of something called “grid systems”. Grid systems are great tools to make your site not only responsive, but to give it a clean, ordered, and structured layout as well. Responsive grid systems have seen a huge boost in popularity recently, and today we’re going to be taking a look at the ins and outs of what they are and what they have to offer.

 

Grid system, what mean that?

 

First things first, we need to determine what a grid system actually is. In its absolute simplest form, a gird system is basically a little structure that allows you to stack your content in either a vertical or horizontal manner. This helps to keep all of your content organized and consistent, and it really just helps to prevent your site from looking like a total mess with content and information scattered all over the place. A big thing to note with grid systems is that their code is project-agnostic. While that may sound like a scary, techy term, what it translates to is that grid systems can easily be moved to new sites and other projects you are working on. Their very portable by default, meaning that they’re easily adaptable to whatever you’ve got going on.

 

When we are looking at grid systems, the entire setup is comprised of two main factors – rows and columns. When talking about a grid system, the easiest way to understand it is by looking at it like a table you create on any spreadsheet. The rows within the grid systems are used in conjunction with the columns, as the columns here are what actually contains your content. It’s also worth noting that certain grid systems feature something by the name of “containers”. These aren’t found in every single grid system out there, but when they are included, the act as wrappers for the layout of your site.

 

Benefits of using a grid system

 

As you can see, the overall concept of a grid system is actually quite simple when you stop and take some time to think about it. However, because of how simple it is, you might think that they don’t offer a great deal by means of functionality or benefits to that they can offer to your site. However, as simple as they may be, the added benefits you get by using a responsive grid system with your website are actually quite powerful. For starters, grid systems allow for greatly increased productivity within your website. Since grid systems layout the barebones layout of how your site is going to look, you don’t have to think too hard about what the final product of your code will look like when it’s being displayed on a Web browser. This helps quicken up the creation process by a great deal, and will help making both the creation and editing process much simpler.

 

Another big point worth mentioning, is that grid systems are very beneficial if you’re looking to make your site as responsive and mobile-friendly as you possibly can. With a set layout of columns and rows, grid systems make it incredibly easy for your site to shrink down and adapt to virtually any screen size. It makes good sense when you think about it, and although it’s a pretty basic feature, it’s easily one of the most important ones as well. And, finally, grid systems are incredibly adaptable and versatile. While grid systems may be comprised of set columns and rows, you can customize the layout of those elements to your heart’s content. The combinations you have at your disposal are virtually endless, and if you want to get really creative, you can even dabble with grids that are nested.

 

Getting your hands on a grid system

 

By now, we’re going to assume that you’re liking what you’ve seen so far. Although we just barely scratched the surface of what grid systems have to offer, even this brief explanation makes it easy to understand that they can be incredibly useful tools for any site. So, how do you go about getting your hands on this tech? There’s a great deal of different grid systems to choose from, with some of the most popular being Skeleton, Profound Grid, Responsive Grid System, and Gridlock just to name a few. All of them are free to download, and if you have a bit of CSS coding experience, are relatively easy to use. However, if you don’t have a first clue of how to go about implementing this into your site, we just so happen to specialize in this kind of work.

 

Although grid systems are far from the only CSS add-on to exist, they’re easily one of the most powerful and important ones. The sheer amount of customization, organization, and mobile-friendly nature that they are able to bring to your site is second to none, and you’re really missing out if you aren’t using it right now.

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