One of the best ways to control your website design and functionality is with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
CSS empowers you to make stylistic changes to improve your website’s look and feel. With a bit of insight into CSS, you can customize any design aspect of your site.
The CSS box model is one of the fundamental principles of web design.
Taking the time to understand what makes it tick will help you to quickly make changes on your company website or any quick landing pages you spin up for timely campaigns.
What is the box model in CSS?
The box model in CSS is a set of rules that determine how your web page is rendered on the internet. By treating each element on the page as a box, CSS allows you to apply different properties that define where and how that element appears.
To understand the CSS box model, you must first consider the idea behind it. Any web page you see is made up of rectangular boxes arranged in relation to each other. They are beside, above, below, and within each other.
In design, these are not referred to as "rectangular boxes" but HTML elements.
This adds a 50 pixel margin at the bottom of each <p> element. The margin property also allows shorthand formats.
You may realize that margins and padding are very similar. In case you get confused as to the right option for a given situation, consider the following tips:
Margins are transparent, while the padding has a background.
Unlike margins, padding is included in the click area of the element.
Margins collapse vertically while padding never does. This makes the choice easy when you want to prevent collapsing. Margin collapse is useful when you're working with various elements.
If none of these tips help, no need to panic — just pick one. CSS is flexible and allows you to solve problems using different approaches.
Use the CSS Box Model for Your Website
The CSS box model will not only help you better understand how websites work, but can also be useful for your day-to-day marketing tasks, some of which are simple but incredibly significant to the overall effort.
Originally published Mar 12, 2020 12:41:17 PM, updated March 31 2020