Skip to content

Flexbox vs. CSS Grid

One of the biggest challenges developers faced when using CSS is creating layouts and positioning elements on a webpage. This became further intensified with the rise of ‘mobile first’ developing with most devices being used to view web pages being mobile devices. In the era of modern frontend development, we have tools and frameworks that help I achieve this effortlessly. As we’ve already discussed, Flexbox is one of the tools that we can use to position elements. Another popular framework that developers make us of is known as Grids.

What is CSS Grid?

CSS Grid (or Grids for short)  is a two-dimension grid framework which allows you to align components with the use of columns and grids. Grids provides us with complete control over the layout of our grid system where we can define the exact amount of rows and columns, as well as how much space each column and row will take up within the available space in a container. As stated above, we also have full control over how we wish to position elements within the grid system we have defined.

What is the difference between Flexbox and Grids?

As previously stated, Grid makes use of a two-dimensional layout where we can position elements on both the column and row axis, whereas Flexbox only allows us to position elements in one direction at a time: column or row.

Grid focuses on precise placement of content within a container while Flexbox focuses on the flow of content. Determining which tool to use over the other purely depends on the application and context of what a developer is trying to achieve.