Put CSS in the Document Head

Updated on Mar 13, 2019

Method Type: User (.CSS)
(This means that the method is handled by the user)

Status: Must be applied by the user.


Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) is the element that is read first by the web browser when loading a page. The browser will not render the page until all stylesheets have been downloaded and parsed.

How Putting the CSS in the document head works:

It is important to put the inline style blocks and references to external stylesheets in the head of the page. If they are in the body of a page they can significantly reduce the loading speed and even cause reflows that will further hit the performance of your website. You can use the


tag in the head of a document to reference external stylesheets and the


tag for inline stylesheets.

Putting CSS in the document head provides the following Advantages:

  • No content shifting during page load
  • No reflow caused by the CSS being in the body of the page
  • Increased loading page speed
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