Bootstrap Web Hosting Review

In case you are going to start your Bootstrap website and are looking for a good web hosting provider for it, I would definitely recommend you to check out SiteGround. It is an ideal web host for Bootstrap. I have been hosting with them my 4 WordPress websites since 2012 and recently I also started using them to host my new Bootstrap-powered website. All is running fine. Moreover, with SiteGround you can host as many websites on one hosting account as you wish. Or you can choose the cheapest $3.95/mo. plan for one website.

SiteGround is a user-friendly web host. They have a nice cPanel that is really easy to use. You can install CMS software with just one click.

Another SiteGround’s advantage is their customer support. They reply to support tickets pretty quickly. Moreover, if you need a really quick help, you can use the phone support or the live chat. I must admit that I have used the live chat support option several times and my problem was always solved quickly.

Also, if you consider going with a free web hosting provider, I really do not recommend you this. I have been there when I was starting my online business and I can say that even the best free web hosts are unreliable. For example, some of these companies will simply cancel your hosting account in case it does not reach a certain number of monthly unique visitors. So my advice is to avoid free hosting and rather pay a few dollars per month for a decent web host like SiteGround is.

You should definitely give SiteGround a try. I hoped I have helped you at least a little with my brief Bootstrap web hosting review and I wish you good luck with Bootstrapping!

Matt

The Freelancer Bootstrap Template

In case you weren’t aware, Bootstrap is a fantastic framework for building websites, and was released by the people at Twitter a while ago. Not only does it make web design easier, but any site you build using the Bootstrap Framework is AUTOMATICALLY responsive. This means that your site is going to look good regardless of what device it’s being viewed on, be it a PC, tablet, smartphone, laptop, etc.

Bootstrap is currently one of the most popular frameworks nowadays, and there’s a reason for it: it’s user-friendly to those who know how to code, and it makes beautifully stunning and device responsive sites relatively quickly. On top of that, you can speed up your web design even faster by using what’s called a template (which is very similar to a WordPress theme, if you’re familiar with WordPress). Uploading a template does the majority of your web design work for you, so you don’t have to worry about it.

The Freelancer Template

Today, I wanted to talk to you a little bit about a fantastic template I found which you may find useful. It’s a template for anyone who’s doing any sort of freelancing work, and, true to its name, the template is called “Freelancer”. It’s a completely free template which you can pick up at startbootstrap.com (they also have many other templates as well).

One thing I truly like about this theme, is its simplicity. It’s not overly complex, and it doesn’t feel too crowded either. Conversion-Rate Optimization (CRO) experts tell us that there should be a lot of white space (or blank space) in between different items on a page in order to reduce the visitor’s feeling of anxiety when viewing your web page, and I think this template does a great job of it overall.

Another thing they teach us, is to keep people on one page so you can move them down the page in a way which makes sense. It also keeps them focused on the page rather than bouncing around, which can be very distracting. The Freelancer template handles this as well in a very nice way.

It starts with a simple image (which can of course be changed) and large text, where you can quickly catch people’s eye, and tell them what you do, and how you can help them. This will mostly be used to get them to read on further down the page.

Beneath that, is what people are usually looking for from freelancers right off the bat: their portfolio. The portfolio’s done in a series of boxes which elegantly display your work with ease. Each of these items can be clicked on and when you click on each item, it expands to cover the whole page very nicely (while staying in the exact same window). This will allow people to quickly view your portfolio and find items they like.

Beneath that, there’s a simple “About” section where you can then tell them a bit about yourself and why they should work with you. This will even further entice them to want to contact you.

Finally, there’s your contact form, so the people who’re interested will be able to reach out to you, thus generating you a nice lead, and potential customer. The footer also includes a place where you can put such information as your physical location, links to your social networking profiles, and more.

Again, this is an absolutely fantastic theme for anyone who’s doing any sort of freelancing work, so I highly recommend it. You can take a look at it here: http://startbootstrap.com/template-overviews/freelancer/.

Enjoy!

Reasons To Start Using Bootstrap Today

Why Use Bootstrap?

You may have heard of the CSS Framework Bootstrap, from its fame on Github, but, the question is, why is it gaining so much popularity, so quickly… and why should you care? Well, there are many great reasons to use Bootstrap, even over today’s very popular Content Management Systems (CMS), such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. While these CMS’s served their purpose, are still good, and still have many great uses (such as for creating quality blogs) in this day and age, there are reasons to look into good alternatives, such as Bootsrap.

Bootstrap Allows You To Design Quickly And Cheaply

Whereas traditional web design is either expensive, time consuming, or both, Bootstrap saves you a LOT of time and money in the design process. Most people who need something done, simply don’t have the budget to outsource their web design or app development to big, expensive boutique design firms, so hiring someone to do it in Bootstrap can save a fortune. What’s more, developers who use Bootstrap can get their projects done much faster than even what’s considered your typical for CMS’s like WordPress (who actually has a reputation for speedy design).

While the development phase of a website usually takes a longer, a huge time and resource sink, is often the time it takes to get the whole site running smoothly, on all browsers (not just the one you happen to be using). That being the case, the many people who contributed to Bootstrap’s design, have made it so that everything which is created as the through it, automatically works right the first time, and on all browsers. This significantly reduces the time and cost required to produce nearly anything. WordPress can do a lot of this too, using various Plugins, but who has the time to find them all, keep them all up to date, make sure you have the best ones, for each function? Bootstrap has it all built right in.

Design Both Websites and Mobile Applications

While most CMS’s are great for designing a lot of websites, Bootstrap is generally better at it, and what’s more with Bootstrap, you can also design very nice mobile applications with relative ease. Sure, with WordPress, you can design a site, and then get a plugin (or a few plugins) which will allow it to be a mobile website, but, that’s a lot different than an actual interactive, full-on mobile application like you can design with Bootstrap. Bootstrap was very specifically designed to be mobile-ready, and with the high percentage of people who’re accessing the web these days using a tablet, or a smartphone, this is a huge boon to any web developer. Again, most of the CMS’s and other web design tools available today are virtually useless at creating mobile applications, and this is a place where Bootstrap really shines. Give it a go for your next mobile application, and you’ll see for yourself.

Use What You Need, And Toss What You Don’t

With Bootstrap, you’ll get the functionality you need, and you can quickly, and easily, get rid of any of the functionality which you don’t, effectively lowering your overhead. This also means you don’t need to have nearly as many files to process. You can choose between Custom CSS, as well as components, JavaScript components, and you can even turn on and off the utilities as well. There’s a checkbox for both “basic utilities” and “responsive utilities”, depending on the type of site which you’re trying to build. It’s like a buffet table of options, and you can simply just pick the ones you want, and then discard the ones you don’t… it doesn’t get any more simple than that. No other CMS, including WordPress, has this level of customizable functionality. Very handy.

An Excellent Grid System

For developers, we all know how handy it is to be working with a nice, simple, and elegant grid system. It simply makes everything easier. This is one of the areas in which Bootstrap really shines… it has, built in, an absolutely fantastic grid system. Because of this, designing the layout of each page of your website really hasn’t ever been easier. This is one issue people often have with CMS’s, including WordPress. Customizing the layouts must be done within the theme, and oftentimes, it’s very difficult, and rigid. Simply dropping one element where you want it can often turn into a big ordeal… this is certainly not the case with Bootstrap.

The grid size, column sizes, etc, are totally customizable, however, the default grid starts you off with 16 columns (which is a good amount), and is a total of 940 pixels in width. This means that each column is about 40 pixels wide, and with a 20 pixel gutter. This system has made styling a breeze, because everything is done for you automatically when you input the CSS code, and on top of that, other important things such as nesting are relatively easy to work with as well. Page layouts, their grid system, and its functionality are enough to make most developers give it a try on its own, because the simplicity and user-friendliness of it is just great.

Conclusion

This is just a small sampling of all the great features you’ll find in Bootstrap, so give it a try for yourself. There are also many other great features which weren’t covered in this article, for example, the JavaScript. Bootstrap comes standard with some excellent libraries which give you most of the JavaScript code you need to get done the vast majority of tasks required. We also didn’t cover LESS, which is a Style Sheets preprocessor (similar to SASS, thus not a replacement for CSS). LESS allows you to easily create relationships between different properties… and essentially gives you programming functionality within CSS (a normally static language).

It also has fantastic consistency, is being updated frequently, and it allows you to integrate sites which are already up and running. This means that if you’ve got a site that’s mostly finished, but not all the way there, you can still finish it off with this framework. Bootstrap seems to be the future of website design, and so far, things are shaping up quite well, and it seems as though more good things are on the horizon as well. This is certainly something to watch, at the very least.