Tailwind CSS: Everything Explained Here!

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When we think about a CSS framework for our project, we usually go with Bootstrap or Foundation. They provide us ready-to-use and pre-defined components and will ease the work of developers. However, to make a complex application, these predefined components create problems and we have to customize certain features and create new components. These ready-to-use solutions are easy to use and put in place, but they are inflexible and confined to certain boundaries. That’s why developers look for a framework that offers a balance. A balance between contract and abstract. Tailwind CSS is one of the CSS Frameworks and the most popular one. So let’s dive in and explore Tailwind CSS.

MEANING OF TAILWIND CSS

It is a low-level utility first CSS Framework and doesn’t come with predefined components. It operates on a lower level and provides a set of CSS helper classes. With the help of classes, you can quickly create custom Tailwind designs easily. Also, it is not opinionated which does not stop you from creating your unique designs. It is not the first utility CSS library, but it is the most popular one. It gives us the power to create unique layouts and designs rapidly. It was first released in November 2017. Initially, it was adopted by big giants like Mozilla and Algolia. There are two ways to use Tailwind in your project. You can either install it via npm or via CDN.

Tailwind is different from other frameworks in terms of performance. It doesn’t provide a ready-to-use component and also doesn’t have a UI kit either. It is great when our project size is large as it allows us to enhance and customize compact styling.

BENEFITS OF TAILWIND CSS FOR BUILDING WEBSITES

Some of the benefits of using Tailwind CSS are the following -

  1. In Tailwind CSS, we have greater control over elements. We can change elements' appearance easily.
  2. It is highly customizable. All the colors, size units, pseudo-classes, etc. can be customized as needed. It comes with a customizable configuration and we can override the theme very easily.
  3. It comes with self-explanatory classes. These classes will help us all with the CSS styling and tools. So that we can use it without any hassle and save time also.
  4. We can reuse the components in Tailwind CSS. There might be certain components that can be used many times. This reusability saves time for creating that component again. We can use @apply for the same.
  5. It is extensible and gives us unlimited flexibility. This tempts the developers to use Tailwind CSS.
  6. This framework uses a mobile-first approach. We can apply utility classes at different breakpoints. This mobile-utility approach is easy to put in place.
  7. Tailwind CSS has a great upgrade path. It is going to be better with its every update. For example - the upcoming version will support a new prefix for dark mode.
  8. We don’t have to fight with unwanted styles and waste our time. We can build unique, custom, and website designs easily.
  9. The ability to add styling is better in Tailwind CSS.

PERFORMANCE ADVANTAGES OF USING TAILWIND CSS

Tailwind CSS is a highly customizable framework. It comes with a default configuration, but that configuration can be simply overriding with a tailwind.config.js file. It eliminates the problem of naming classes. These common utility patterns solve the problem of naming things. The utility patterns specify classes, organize them, and cascade them as well. This leads to faster development of the app without any hassle. In Tailwind CSS, optimization can be performed using PurgeCSS. Tailwind CSS uses a mobile-first approach. Utility classes make it easier to build complex layouts. It is used across various breakpoints. Tailwind CSS offers quick solutions for issues which increases the efficiency of your project. The pre-packed styling options will help us to make designs more interactive. These are some advantages that enhance the performance of the app. This will lead to efficiency.

REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE TAILWIND CSS

Tailwind CSS makes workflow so much better for web development. It is super customizable and comes with a default configuration. You can customize almost everything in Tailwind CSS. From colors to fonts and space sizing everything, it is so much faster than other frameworks. The reason behind this is that you barely have to switch contexts. No switching from HTML to CSS, that saves developers’ time. Also, if you are familiar with Tailwind, then you can jump into a new project without any hassle. You don’t have to name things in Tailwind CSS, you only have to name things when you extract a component. Otherwise, you don’t have to waste time naming it. It is easy to create the component. Tailwind CSS is a utility CSS framework. Tailwind CSS also provides all the tools that we need to build a site.

While using traditional CSS, we have to make changes to the CSS file, when we are updating our designs. But in this, you can update designs without changing the whole file. This means you don’t have to redownload the whole file. Thus, all these benefits tempt developers to use Tailwind CSS for their projects.

CONCLUSION

If you have your designs and ideas and if you want to make it real, you can go for Tailwind CSS. For large projects or companies, Tailwind CSS is beneficial and useful. It provides you a set of utility classes. These utility classes can create unique and custom designs. Also, Tailwind CSS is not opinionated. The developers are completely free in creating designs and layouts. We can create a one-page website template using Tailwind CSS. It gives us a workflow without any restrictions and unwanted features. Many big brands like GitHub, Heroku, Kickstarter, Twitch, Segment, etc. are implementing Tailwind CSS. If you want to work with unlimited flexibility, then Tailwind CSS is best for it. 

I hope this article is useful for all.


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