What is Bootstrap and why you should use it
So why should you use Bootstrap?
1. Save Time
Arguably, the most important commodity that we have is time and with Bootstrap you save tons of it. Bootstrap comes with a large number of libraries that can pump life into a website. You no longer need to write, test and debug your own components and with Bootstrap you don’t have to hunt for new plugins every time you start a new project. You just use the ones that Bootstrap comes with, which are also already pre styled. Some of the components are:
- Button Groups
- Navigation Bar
- Labels & Badges
- Progress Bar
One of the great things about Bootstrap is that you can customize it and make it as light or as feature bloated as you wish. You can pick and choose which libraries you want through the whole framework, keep what you need and ditch the rest. Additionally, through the use of LESS, theming is very easy and you can customize the look and feel of the overall template in a matter of minutes. The template changes will be consistent throughout the template
3. Cross browser and cross platform
Developing cross browser used to be a real pain. Nowadays I feel that it has gotten a lot worse. Not only do we need to deal with outdated browsers that take a lot longer that expected to phase out, but we also have to deal with a host of new platforms that lack certain features that we generally take for granted (large screens, mouse, computational power etc.). This causes a lot of issues on the front end. Bootstrap’s results are uniform both across browsers, as it is officially compatible with IE8 (yuck) and across platform since it is designed to be responsive. Bootstrap sports a 12-column grid where offsetting and nesting columns is possible. Another useful feature of this framework is the presence of responsive utility classes which you can use to make content appear or hide based on the size of the screen.
4. Employer friendly
You don’t need to invest a lot of time in order to use Bootstrap. From the employers’ point of view, if you give a web developer the Bootstrap framework then they won’t need to spend a lot of time learning. Bootstrap allows for high quality, efficient work. It is highly outcome-oriented and once the designer and the developer come to an understanding of what is possible, and this framework can easily be the vehicle that bridges the gap between these two people, the outcome will be consistently of the highest standards.
You can download the latest version of Bootstrap here: