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The Ultimate Guide to Bootstrap

Bootstrap-3Bootstrap is a powerful, mobile-first, responsive, front-end framework that’s built with CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. It offers a ton of advantages over starting from scratch, and even over many other frameworks.

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.

WHY BOOTSTRAP?

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Faster development: because Bootstrap has so many ready-made components and resources available, it can significantly speed up your development process.
  4. 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.
  5. Pre-styled components: Bootstrap also comes with pre-styled components for dropdowns, nav bars, alerts, and many others.
  6. Bundled JavaScript components: Bootstrap comes with a bunch of JavaScript components to add functionality. It makes it easy to manipulate things like modal windows, tooltips, alerts, and more. You can skip writing scripts all together.
  7. Excellent documentation: Bootstrap has exceptional documentation available, which is useful for both beginners and more advanced users.
  8. 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.

About Yesaya R. Athuman

Colleagues know me as a highly Creative Software Developer who can always be trusted to come up with the new approach. But I know that client's business come first, and I never try to impose my ideas on others. Instead, I spend a lot of time understanding business and the audience before suggesting ideas. I can (and often do) work well alone, but I'm at my best collaborating with others.

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