Web design is one of the most important aspects when it comes to marketing your app/website over the internet. As it has a direct impact on the customer experience, it must be user friendly and also responsive, as many people end up visiting it from mobile devices.
Bootstrap is used to create Buttons, Forms, Tables, Dropdowns and so on that can be integrated in website and applications with a single code base.
Now that you have a fair idea about Bootstrap, let’s have a look at what all tools are needed to get Bootstrap up and running.
- Download Bootstrap Zip from the website
- Extract the files from the zip
- Start coding on any IDE / Editor
- Supported server side languages from ASP.NET to PHP to Ruby on Rails.
The above video is a simple and quick tutorial to get you started with Bootstrap.
The best part is that, developers need not worry about the look and feel of the website and just concentrate on the development part. Additionally, the designers get a firm foundation for creating themes, as it comes with basic HTML & CSS templates.
Here are 7 reasons why you should choose Bootstrap
- Ease of use
Bootstrap is very easy to use and understand. It comes with basic HTML and CSS templates, is very adaptable and can be coded on any IDE or Editor. Since it comes with ready to use blocks of code, it is easier to collaborate the templates based on your requirement. Not only does this make Bootstrap easier but also faster in speed. You can get started on learning Bootstrap from this simple tutorial.
- Layout Grid system is a huge advantage
The Grid system of Bootstrap is responsive and allows up to 12 columns across a page. It has 4 different classes depending on the device and can be combined with one another to create flexible layouts.The layout of a web page especially one that has to be viewed both on a desktop browser as well as mobile is of utmost importance. The web app should be able to self-adjust itself depending on the screen size. This is where the grid system of Bootstrap comes in handy.
- HTML/CSS element makes it easier
A website includes many elements heading, table, buttons, labels etc. HTML and CSS have made template designing a smooth sailing experience for all the designers out there.As Bootstrap is a HTML and CSS front-end framework, it makes styling and designing even more simpler. Bootstrap provides its users with basic templates that can be directly used or even modify. There are loads of examples on their website and dozens of elements, plugins and custom components.Some of the styles provided by Bootstrap are Buttons, Code, Forms, Icon, Images, Tables and Typography.
- Free available components
Styling has never been easier as Bootstrap comes with a huge collection of pre-packaged components that are easy to understand and reuse. Right from drop downs to progress bars Bootstrap covers almost all styles. It also includes free to use, over 250 glyphs in font format.Some of the components are:
o Button Dropdowns
o List group
And so on.
- Responsive utilities
Imagine a website on your desktop browser that has a beautiful layout but when viewed on mobile devices, looks a mess. The layout is messed, the design cropped and so on so forth
Non – Responsive Website as seen on Mobile and Browser
Responsiveness at such a time of the utmost concern especially since the mobiles are increasing and each come in different shapes and forms (tablets and regular phones).
Responsive Website as seen on Mobile and Browser The smooth grid layout is one of the key feature when it comes to make a web app responsive. Bootstrap made web apps adjust to screen resolutions appropriately. Responsive Utilities as of now are only available for block and table toggling.
- Good Support
Bootstrap is an open source project hosted on Github. Since it hosted on Github it is a large community with friendly support and is regularly updated. Currently there are 16,475 commits, as well as almost 868 contributors. They also have a blog that is a home to many solved queries. The core advantage of Bootstrap is that even if you aren’t well versed with HTML and CSS you will be able to create web apps using it. And even if you are and, too used to your regular CSS and lazy to try something new do give Bootstrap a try. As Bootstrap is one of the best frameworks available today.Here, are some Bootstrap UI Editors available for free;
With the amazing components and plugins, all it takes is a few clicks and your beautiful responsive front end is ready to use. Saving you many hours’ worth of coding and designing. Take your time to get to know it better, and you might realize just how good it is.