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CSS CSS Layout Techniques Grid Layout Testing our Grid

Not really feeling the grid layout

Is it ok for me to not really be feeling the grid layout approach? I am watching and following along but I don't like it. Is it something I might have to use in the future or can it just be substituted for a more preferable layout method?

3 Answers

Tom Bedford
Tom Bedford
15,645 Points

Hi Richard

Grids have become very popular but there's nothing that stipulates you need to use one. For several years I worked without them and just applied widths as needed for each element. I do find them useful for quickly assembling a page layout, though there are always times when what I want to make doesn't "fit" within the confines of a grid system.

If you're working in collaboration with someone or with a framework like Bootstrap it would be good to have an understanding of how they work as you'll likely come across them in those scenarios.

Aelin Reed
Aelin Reed
3,537 Points

I know this is an old post but I felt the need to give you my input.

I'm actually a professional level developer, and I tend to use grids if the design is consistent across it's various templates in terms of layout. This happens if a designer uses a grid system in their mockup.

If the content layout vary significantly, as often they do if the designer knows nothing about actual coding, I will describe the columns using floats, widths and clearfixes.

The point of my long post is that both layout methods have their place.

Thanks for the reply, I might have another look at them then if I am likely to see them often.