Flex vs Grid in CSS3

Flex vs Grid in CSS3

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. It describes how HTML elements are to be displayed on the screen, paper, or in other media. It can control the layout of multiple web pages all at once. CSS handles the look and feel part of a web page. Using CSS, you can control the color of the text, the style of fonts, the spacing between paragraphs, what background images or colors are used, layout designs, how columns are sized and laid out, variations in the display for different devices and screen sizes as well as a variety of other effects. It saves a lot of work. In this article, we are going to differentiate between CSS3 Flexbox and Grid layout. It will help you to choose the right one as your project requirement and design websites beautifully and more prominently. So, let's start it -

There will be many layout tasks where we could argue for the use of Grid or Flexbox as the solution. Here are some thoughts -

  • Flexbox is made for one-dimensional layouts and Grid is made for two-dimensional layouts.

  • Flexbox has become extremely popular amongst front-end developers since the last couple of years.

  • A grid is much newer than Flexbox and has a bit less browser support.

  • Flexbox is essentially for laying out items in a single dimension – in a row OR a column. The grid is for the layout of items in two dimensions – rows AND columns.

  • Flexbox makes a lot easier for developers to create dynamic layouts and align content within containers.

  • If you’re laying out items in one direction, then you should use Flexbox. It’ll give you more flexibility than CSS Grid. It’ll also be easier to maintain and require less code.

  • If you’re going to create an entire layout in two dimensions  with both rows and columns,  then you should use CSS Grid. It will give you more flexibility, make your markup simpler and the code will be easier to maintain.

  • Flexbox takes a basis in the content while Grid takes a basis in the layout.

  • The grid isn’t build to create one-dimensional headers.

  • With the grid, you may stick with ten columns. On the other hand, you wouldn’t have to deal with limitation in Flexbox.

  • The grid is completely unprefixed and ready-to-go, in Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and Safari. Even Edge supports it, albeit an older version of the spec, which you can get some support for by using Autoprefixer.

  • Flexbox actually just helps you place two items next to each other.

  • there is a super powerful method in Grid. It’s using Grid-Areas. One basically name each CSS class and build a template directly with those names.

  • Grid implements the space distribution and alignment properties that are part of the Box Alignment Module, so there are possibilities to play with the alignment and spacing of grid items to some degree.

  • Flexbox is surprisingly simple and worked great for all browsers.

  • Grids are great for building the bigger picture. They make it really easy to manage the layout of the page, and can even handle more unorthodox and asymmetrical designs.

  • Flexbox is great at aligning the content inside elements. Use flex to position the smaller details of a design.


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We wouldn’t say grid-systems are taking over Flexbox layouts, but they are maybe faster to use and help you force the layout with the parent element and is not depending on the HTML-Structure. Both let you use CSS properties beautifully, both are just super handy for elements. That absolutely depends on what you want to build, what your projects need. Thanks for reading! If you have any feedback or questions, please leave a comment below. Thank you!