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The Benefits of Using Bootstrap for Front-End Development

When we first heard about Bootstrap back in 2012 we were writing CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) from scratch for typography, responsive grids, buttons, reset scripts, and various other styling elements.

This was a lengthy process that required careful planning for organising reusable components and classes, not to mention standards compliance and browser/platform testing for each new section of code.

Writing CSS presentation language from scratch may be fun but it’s a time-consuming process, and this is where Bootstrap jumps into action:

Benefits of Using Bootstrap

So what is Bootstrap?

In a nutshell, Bootstrap is the most popular mobile first front-end development framework available. It’s a collection of popular HTML, CSS and Javascript components that can be used to speed up the development process of your website application. The framework was developed by Twitter and is now maintained as a completely free open source project and backed by a large community of contributors.

Why use Bootstrap?

The primary benefit of using Bootstrap as a CSS framework is to encourage consistency across internal tools. Rather surprisingly, until recently there were barely any processes in place to share common design patterns and assets. Straight out of the box Bootstrap supports the latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. It even provides support as far back as Internet Explorer 8, meaning Bootstrap will offer you wider accessibility right from the start.

1. Consistency

The main goal of Bootstrap is to resolve inconsistencies between designers and developers working on their projects. Whether you need dropdowns, navigations, breadcrumbs, alerts or progress bars, the Bootstrap framework will act as a central set of development code to see you through. Better still, Bootstrap has been thoroughly tested on popular mobile devices and platforms to ensure its reliability.

Designing websites with user expectations in mind means these sites need to be created to work in a certain way. Bootstrap solves these issues between the development front and the end-user front by keeping a clear and uniform design across the entire layout. If you already know how to write Sass code then customising these components is easy.

2. Responsiveness

We all know the importance of responsive web design to ensure your website functions correctly on various devices, whether that be mobile, tablet or desktop. As mobile devices continue to grow and expand, the need for a responsive website is not a luxury but a necessity. Creating mobile-first websites with Bootstrap is effortless, with the Bootstrap responsive grid easily adapting your website layout to display correctly on common screen sizes.

3. Speed up development time

A CSS framework like Bootstrap will significantly speed up development time and improve workflows. This means you can build responsive, compliant, cross-browser compatible websites faster and more efficiently, and efficiency means faster deployment times for your client. Avoid common styling mistakes like centring text, floating elements and changing font sizes with built-in classes and see how much time you save.

4. Easy to customise

At Digital Mad we love using Bootstrap Sass (Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets) to compile and customise Bootstrap for front-end development projects. With Bootstrap Sass it is super quick to strip out any unwanted CSS or Javascript that is unnecessary for the project, ensuring you only use the components you actually need for optimal performance and load times. If you take the time to customise Bootstrap for your individual project requirements then you will subsequently find it easier to organise components and save bandwidth with less code.

Why we love Bootstrap

Introducing Bootstrap to our workflow here at Digital Mad has helped speed up development time writing front-end code. We can also ensure consistency and accessibility between different platforms and browsers which helps to further reduce costs when bug fixing and styling components.

At the time of writing Bootstrap is the most popular open-source framework for modern front-end web development and it remains easy to customise and find developers to work on Bootstrap related code. Each year Bootstrap grows in popularity and along with this adds more to its supported features, functionality and community support.

We have fully adopted the Bootstrap SCSS framework into our WordPress development workflow. Each build is heavily customised for each individual project giving lean code and optimal performance. If you need technical assistance with styling CSS, or any other website development tasks or frameworks then email us to find out how we can help.

Colin Noble

WordPress Expert & Founder

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