Things You Should Know About CSS

Things You Should Know About CSS

Colin Stodd
CSS,Tips & Tricks,SASS
12 May 2019 (Published)
12 Mar 2020 (Updated)

Most people use SASS/SCSS or LESS, but maybe you don’t need to? Here are a couple of reasons I’m opting to use vanilla CSS instead of SCSS in my projects.

  1. It’s one less abstraction or process I need to compile. I can’t tell you the number of times I build my application but something in the build process goes weary and it’s because of something like SASS.

  2. CSS now has variables. That’s right; The main reason I loved SCSS so much was because of the ability to create variables. Doing so allowed you to change the root variable and it would change everything application/site wide. It’s pretty awesome, but now you can do the same with vanilla CSS. Most text editors & IDE’s also support color highlighting too with CSS variables. It’s simple, all you need to do is wrap your variables inside a :root {} like so

     :root {
         /* Fonts */
         --sans-font: 'Roboto', sans-serif;
         --serif-font: 'Cambria', serif;
         /* Colors */
         --dark-red: #860000;
         --light-gray: #cccccc;
         --dark: #444444;
     p {
         font-family: var(--sans-font);
         color: var(--dark);

    And you can call those variables with var(--var-name).

  3. Another reason I’ve started using CSS again is CSS Grid. With a few lines of code, you can create your own CSS “Grid Framework” like Bootstrap, with columns and all. Since CSS Grid takes some more explaining (and I’m really lazy), I’m going to forward you to a couple of resources that are amazing and must be bookmarked. This interactive course from Scrimba will leave you a pro at CSS Grid and should only take you an afternoon to complete, and best of all it’s 100% FREE!

    And for reference sake, you can’t get much better than CSS Tricks.

    This guide from Learn CSS Grid is also a great reference/education tool.

    And with those, you’ll be well on your way to a CSS Grid pro!