How I structure SCSS files

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In this tutorial, I’ll show how I structure my SCSS projects. By SCSS projects I mean any project that uses SCSS. The structure and examples from this article can also be applied for the SASS (Syntactically Awesome StyleSheets) projects.

I use SCSS because I prefer the syntax, which is very similar to CSS.

So, how do I structure my SCSS projects?

I have multiple .scss files (partials) that represent different site sections or logic. These files begin with a leading underscore _partial.scss.

Then, there’s a main.scss file, which contains main styles. All the partials are imported into the main.scss file using the @import directive.

Basic structure

// main.scss
@import 'fonts';
@import 'mixins';
@import 'typography';
@import 'animation';
@import 'forms';
@import 'products';

body {
  color: #333;
  font-family: "Myriad Pro", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
  line-height: 1.5;
  padding-top: 70px;
}

// ...

@import 'responsive';

Note that you don’t need to include underscores and file endings when you import partials.

In large projects having a well-structured CSS/SCSS is vital. Instead of putting all our styles in a single file (Shopify are still doing that and I hate them for this) we split them into smaller chunks.

I usually have more partials than in the example above. But you can add them according to your site structure and needs.

Watch and compile SCSS

When you start building a new website it’s important to configure auto-compiling of your main.scss file into CSS. There are many ways you can do that: using gulp, node.js, apps etc.

Once set up, the script or an app will watch for any .scss changes and automatically compile SCSS into a single CSS file that is used on your website.

If you find this post useful, please let me know in the comments below. 
Cheers,
Renat Galyamov

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PS: Make sure you check other CSS tutorials, e.g. CSS3 properties that no longer need browser -prefixes- and CSS position fixed not working [solved].

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