Let's start by defining what tailwind CSS is;
A utility-first CSS framework packed with classes like flex, pt-4, text-center, and rotate-90 that can be composed to build any design, directly in your markup.
To configure tailwind CSS in a react project, first, we need to visit the tailwind CSS website https://tailwindcss.com/ and click the get started button.
For the option of installation click Framework Guides.
then click on Create React App
After creating your react project, you need to go to step two which is installing tailwind CSS using VS Code terminal.
Make sure you cd into your react project before you start installing tailwind CSS.
Once you have cd into your project folder, copy past the command
npm, install -D tailwindcss postcss autoprefixer on the terminal and click enter to start installing.
After you're through with installing, copy the other copy-paste command npx tailwindcss init -p on the terminal which will create
tow files on your react project.
The next step is to configure your template paths, first, we need to clear everything on the tailwind.config.js file.
After clearing the content inside the tailwind.config.js file, copy and paste content from https://tailwindcss.com/docs/guides/create-react-app tailwind.config.js to your tailwind. config .js file.
The next step is to add tailwind directives to your CSS, so here we are going to copy-paste content on step four into our index.css file.
Click on the project's index.css file, paste the content, and save the file.
Let's finalize this by testing if our tailwind CSS is working, first, we go into the App.js file and remove the header.
After Removing the Header, replace the App class with a class from tailwind CSS like bg-red-500.
So now we can test if the changes are affected by running npm start on the terminal.
And from the browser, we can see we have successfully installed and configured tailwind CSS in our application.
In conclusion let's see the importance of using tailwind CSS
Tailwind CSS basically makes it quicker to write and maintain the code of your application. By using this utility-first framework, you don't have to write custom CSS to style your application. Instead, you can use utility classes to control the padding, margin, color, font, shadow, and more of your application.
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