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Nick Zachary
Nick Zachary
6,816 Points

Should I be using Grids for a layout?

Hi, I'm sort of new to making of websites, and I noticed teamtreehouse teach you how to build a site layout using the grid system. From other websites and vids I hear that it's not the best for a beginner to use grids.

QUESTION: Please advise is it better for me to use grids for layout or not?

8 Answers

Dorian Patterson
PLUS
Dorian Patterson
Courses Plus Student 4,468 Points

If you like thinking in grids, then yes. If not, then maybe not.

Scott Paterson
Scott Paterson
26,869 Points

I was struggling with this issue once myself and grids are handy shortcut tools to make laying out a site easier, i have been through a couple trials, but what i wanted to do was know all my Css first and learn for every tiny bit of css i wrote and learn there was a consequence for every tiny edit its great trying to learn it inside out.

I have tried to take a little bit from each grid system and make my own way to keep challenge fresh and it doesn't feel like a complete copy and paste job each time and i try and keep grids and css light as possible and takeaway code not needed.

Maybe sometimes each site requires a grid more than another site does, so try with and without grids or your own way and in the end it will come down to your own preferance and what works best for you.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

@Nick - I wouldn't worry about it until you've completed that the Learn HTML & CSS Learning Adventure, then you will understand what a CSS grid is, how it's made and when you should (or shouldn't) use one.

Yeah, what @James said. After that adventure you're not really a beginner/noob anymore, right?

Nick Zachary
Nick Zachary
6,816 Points

Thank you everyone. This forum is great, I hope I can return the favor one day.

My preference is to not use grids, especially as a beginner. I wrote about this today on New Method. http://newmethod.co

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

@Scott - Your blog looks pretty sweet, I especially enjoyed the sections on Pitfalls & Guiding Principles articles.

@james Thank you sir!