Basic difference between div and span

demo

The basic difference between them is ,div is block level element and span is inline level element. Most of us do not know what is block level and inline level elements.

As their name implies , block level elements make their presence like a block , like a photo frame, whereas inline element make their presence like a chain, one by one.

This can be illustrated more by HTML example. Suppose we have two divs and two spans in following orders:

1
2
3
4
5
<div>This is block one</div>
<div>This is block two </div>
<br />
<span>This is inline element one </span>
<span>This is inline element two </span>

And their CSS as :

1
2
div{border:1px solid #000; padding:10px;}
span{border:1px solid #000; padding:10px;}

Here is the output:

demo

You will notice that div elements are coming in a row, in other words automatic break is inserted. Whereas in case of span elements all are coming one after the other without any breaks.

    Tips:

  • Inline elements does not take margin from top and bottom unless you change them into block level element.
  • You can change inline element into block level element through CSS and vise-versa. That is :
  • 1
    2
    
    div{display:inline}
    span{display:block}

Thats all!!

Cheers!

Recently Published

»

Modern Changes That You Should Consider for Your Web Site

Websites need to modernize and get updated periodically otherwise ...

»

Super Tips For A Flawless Website

A website has a specific purpose. And your job is to design a website ...

»

Wix Offers Best Free Web Apps for Artists and Photographers

The famous online website builder Wix is known for providing the ...

»

What You Should Know Before Setting Up a Digital Marketing and Web Design Company

Running a digital marketing and web designing company can be a ...

»

Important Factors to Think About When Starting a Mailing List

Many bloggers and business owners don’t have a mailing list, ...

»

Tried and Tested Strategies for Boosting eBook Sales

As you have by now realized, writing your ebook was just the first ...

»

What Really Makes a Website User-Friendly

Whether it’s for business or personal use, having a website online ...

»

5 Features of Virtual Private Server that put you in complete Control of Your Website

For a decade now, virtual private server has been a preferred hosting ...

»

8 Ways the Right Ecommerce Platform Makes Your Business Perform Better

Starting your own ecommerce store is an exciting experience, but ...