How To Stop Css Override

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a powerful tool for styling websites, but sometimes issues can arise when multiple
styles are applied to the same elements. One common issue is CSS override – when styles from one
CSS rule take precedence over another, causing undesired visual effects. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to
stop CSS override and ensure that the correct styles are applied to your elements.

Understanding CSS specificity

The key to understanding and preventing CSS override lies in the concept of
specificity. Specificity is a numeric value assigned to a CSS selector, determining its
priority in the cascade of styles. The higher the specificity, the more likely a style is to be applied. The
specificity of a selector is determined by the following rules:

  1. Inline styles have the highest specificity.
  2. ID selectors have a higher specificity than class and attribute selectors.
  3. Class and attribute selectors have a higher specificity than element selectors.
  4. A selector with multiple parts (e.g., #header .nav a) has a higher specificity than a
    single part selector.

Preventing CSS override

To prevent CSS override, you can take the following steps:

  1. Organize your CSS files: Make sure to keep your CSS files organized and easy to
    understand. This will help you avoid any unintentional overrides.
  2. Use unique selectors: When possible, use unique selectors to target your elements. This
    will reduce the likelihood of conflicts between styles.
  3. Use more specific selectors: Increase the specificity of selectors to ensure that they
    take precedence over less specific selectors. For example, instead of using a class selector like
    .button, you could use an ID selector like #submit-button which has a
    higher specificity.
  4. Use !important sparingly: The !important rule can be used to give a
    specific style the highest priority, but it should be used sparingly and only as a last resort. Using
    !important too often can make your CSS harder to maintain and understand. Here’s an

    button {
                    background-color: blue !important;


Preventing CSS override is essential for maintaining a clean and easy-to-understand stylesheet. By organizing
your CSS, using unique and specific selectors, and using !important sparingly, you can avoid
CSS override issues and ensure that your website looks and functions as intended.