To obtain almost everything a typical website would require, along with enough flexibility of customization, designers need a robust foundation. In this blog, we will talk about all the amazing features Bootstrap has to offer.
Easy to get going
CSS Pre-processing is a great feature, and every front-end developer should gain knowledge of it. Not many are using it. There are still many designers creating and managing CSS files the same old way. Bootstrap offers fewer files for those who know how to use it, but it also provides the plain old CSS file for those who hesitate using CSS pre-processing.
Great grid system
Bootstrap is built on 12-column grids, layouts, and components that are responsive. Whether you need a fixed or responsive grid, it's only a matter of few changes. Offsetting and Nesting of columns is also possible in both fixed and fluid width layouts.
Another useful set of features is the responsive utility classes using which you can make a certain block of content appear or hide only on devices based on the screen sizes. Adding a class such as visible-desktop to an element will make it visible only for desktop users. There are similar levels/categories for tablets and phones.
Base styling for most HTML elements
A website has many different elements such as headings, lists, tables, buttons, forms, etc. All these fundamental HTML elements have been styled and enhanced with extensible classes.
Following are the HTML elements for which styles are provided:
Extensive list of components
Whether you need drop-down menus, pagination or alert boxes, Bootstrap has got your covered. The styling of every single element follows a consistent theme and if you know LESS, then customizing it takes just a few minutes.
Some of the pre-styled components are:
And many others
If your project requires sliders, tabs, accordions, then you no longer have to try and test multiple plugins across the web. Adding these functionalities is just a matter of adding a few lines of code, and you are all set. With the customization option, you can also choose only certain plugins to keep the file size to a minimum.
Not only does Bootstrap offer styling for almost every element a typical website or web application requires, but it also provides an excellent documentation with examples and demo that only make it easier for even someone novice.
You might be happy with your current custom CSS library, but try using Bootstrap for one project and am sure you would ask yourself how you managed all these years without it.