When you design and build websites for a living, it can be easy to spend a lot of time repeating yourself. Whether setting up the servers, building popular types of web components like slideshows and dropdowns or designing a button, a designer/developer often finds themselves having to retype the same code over and over and over again. It’s boring, it’s inefficient and most of the time it’s completely unnecessary.
Why do we love it? Stick around, and I’ll count the reasons why.
Responsive All Over the Place
All of the things that Bootstrap can do, it can do on any screen size, from tiny phones to giant televisions. When you use Bootstrap, you do so knowing that your work is going to look good and function no matter where it’s viewed. It also builds that responsiveness into the fabric of your site, eliminating the need to start from scratch when making a new site design responsive.
It’s Got a Great Grid
A grid is a set of CSS code that allows you to easily set up many different types of page layouts. Need 4 equally sized boxes across the page, and then need them to stack on top of each other on smaller screens? Bootstrap has you covered. Want to nest smaller boxes inside one of those large boxes. Boom. Grids aren’t something that Bootstrap invented, web designers have been using them for years, but Bootstrap’s grid is a shining example of one.
It Has All the Toys
Transitions. Modals. Dropdowns, carousels and tooltips. Buttons, alerts, pop-ups, accordions, icon-fonts, tables, breadcrumbs, navbars, and on and on. If there is a user interface or design element that is at all in general usage these days, then Bootstrap probably has a version built in. Gone are the days of finding a plugin to cover each new need, or (gasp) building the code from scratch yourself.
Mix and Match
Nothing is worse than loading up a site with a bunch of code it doesn’t ever use, which is why Bootstrap lets you pick and choose which elements you want to install, you don’t have to plug the whole framework in each time. This makes sites using Bootstrap as crispity fast as they can be.
It’s the Perfect Price
By which I mean it’s FREE BABY!! Bootstrap is open-sourced, which mean not only is it free for everyone, it is inherently more secure than commercial software because it’s code-base is open to the world for scrutiny. Because of this, it also has a giant community of users, a huge advantage when you are trying to troubleshoot or extend Bootstrap’s functionality.
So there you have it! Bootstrap is the bees knees, no two ways about it. Want yourself a spiffy new website with all this Bootstrap goodness baked right it? Contact the design team at Solamar!