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
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.
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.