Bootstrap was originally developed by a designer and developer from Twitter, it’s become one of the most popular front-end frameworks in the world. It was first known as Twitter Blueprint, before becoming open-source, and served as Twitter’s internal style guide for over a year before it was released publicly.
If you’re unfamiliar with Bootstrap, the resources and information here will get you up to speed.
Bootstrap has a lot of advantages over starting from scratch on your web dev projects. One of the biggest reasons is the vast number of resources available for Bootstrap, especially when compared to a lot of other frameworks and boilerplates (we’ll get to those later).
But beyond the resources available, there are a lot of other reasons to use Bootstrap:
- It’s easy to use: getting started with Bootstrap is a pretty quick and easy process. And it’s flexible: you can use it with Less or CSS, and even Sass (if you download the Sass version).
- The grid: Bootstrap uses a 12-column responsive grid. It even supports nested and offset elements. The grid can be kept responsive, or you can easily change it to a fixed layout.
- Faster development: because Bootstrap has so many ready-made components and resources available, it can significantly speed up your development process.
- Base styles: Bootstrap comes with base styles for a ton of HTML elements you’re going to be using anyway. It includes styles for typography, forms, images, and much more.
- Pre-styled components: Bootstrap also comes with pre-styled components for dropdowns, nav bars, alerts, and many others.
- Excellent documentation: Bootstrap has exceptional documentation available, which is useful for both beginners and more advanced users.
- Easy integration: Bootstrap can be integrated with a variety of other frameworks and platforms, on both new sites and existing ones. You can even use just specific elements of Bootstrap alongside your existing CSS.