When we first heard about Bootstrap in 2012 we were writing CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) from scratch for typography, responsive grids, buttons, reset scripts, and various other styling elements. It 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 comes into action.
So what is Bootstrap?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy to customise
Why we love Bootstrap
Introducing Bootstrap to our workflow here at Digital Mad has reduced development times and saved hours of coding. We can also ensure consistency and accessibility between different platforms and browsers which helps to reduce development costs. These savings in turn get passed on to the end client. There is also a huge community behind the open source Bootstrap project with good support and active contributors. It 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.
At Digital Mad we have fully adopted the Sass version of the Bootstrap framework into our development process. Each build is heavily customised for every individual project based on budget and project requirements. If you need technical assistance with styling CSS, or any other website development tasks or frameworks then please call 01202 901 607 or email us to find out how we can help.