Starting with CSS

posted by: Mr. Bergquist 13 November 2011 No Comment

Many thanks to Ms Martin & for a tutorial some of this is based on!

Why Use External CSS?

  • It keeps your website design (CSS) and content (HTML) completely separate.
  • It’s much easier to reuse your CSS code if you have it in a separate file. Instead of typing the same CSS code on every web page you have, simply have many pages refer to a single CSS file with the “link” tag.
  • You can make drastic changes to your web pages with just a few changes in a single CSS file.

Creating a CSS file

Open up Notepad++ or any other plain text editor and type the following CSS code:

body {
    background-color: gray;
p {
    color: blue;
h1 {
    color: white;

Now save the file as a CSS (.css) file. Make sure that you are not saving it as a text (.txt) file, as Notepad++ likes to do by default. Name the file “celebrity-style.css” (without the quotes).

In your celebrity HTML file, add the line in red inside of your head:

        <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="celebrity-style.css" />

Make sure your CSS and HTML files are saved in the same directory. Now open your HTML file in your web browser and the entire body should have a gray background, all paragraphs should be blue and all first-level headers should be white!


Today, start by playing around with these ideas. Don’t worry too much about making it look great — we’ll talk about that later. Experiment with the following properties and make sure to put them in an external stylesheet:

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