What is CSS?

HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the main markup language for displaying web pages and other information that can be displayed in a web browser.

HTML was developed to define the content of a document but it was never intended for it to be used to format the document.

As HTML evolved tags like 'font' and 'color' were added to provide more formating options. This added a requirement for considerably more HTML code to be written for every page and made it very difficult for web developers of large websites.

To solve this problem, in 1997, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) created Cascading Style Sheets or CSS.

Style sheets are the technical specifications for a layout and also tell the web browser how to render the document, and are a separate document to the HTML page of a website.

External style sheets enable you to change the appearance and layout of all the pages in a website by editing one single file – thus saving considerable programming time.

Since the initial introduction, CSS is being used to define more and more elements on a web page.

All browsers support CSS, however, older browsers will not support some aspects of CSS 3 – the latest release.

Mosaic Studios can customise the look of your Squarespace website using CSS.

Do I need a CMS website?

A CMS allows you to update content on your website when you need to – as often as you like. The content that you can change includes text and photographs, which are changed through a console or control panel in your web browser.

Some of the benefits of a CMS

  • Search engines love sites that have fresh new content.
  • As your business evolves, you can update your website to reflect the changes.
  • CMS websites grow with you – they are scalable and additional pages can be added quickly and easily.
  • You don't need to know anything about html or other code – though a basic understanding of the web is useful.
  • You can give different levels of access to the CMS, ie site owner, blog writer, newsletters.
  • You have control over your website.
  • You can update your website from anywhere that you have an internet access.

So, do you need a CMS website?

If you would like to change your website content yourself then it is worth considering. If you want to have a 'blog', have a portfolio or gallery or want to sell a range of products, then a CMS website is a great option.

The most important question is "Do you have sufficient time to be able to manage your website content yourself (or is there someone in your company that will have the time)?"

In our opinion, the Squarespace online CMS is the easiest to use content management system available.

If you would like to discuss your website requirements and whether you need a CMS, please contact us.