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What is Bootstrap, and when should it be used?

What is Bootstrap, and when should it be used?
Bootstrap is arguably the most popular CSS framework on the web. It has been downloaded over 25.5m times, and it’s prevalence on the Internet is unmatched. So what exactly is Bootstrap, and why is it so popular?

A CSS framework such as Bootstrap offers many styles and prebuilt components and that aim to reduce development time. Frameworks mostly include styles for typography, forms, buttons, tables, and functionality such as dropdowns, navigation bars and alerts. Some frameworks also include JavaScript code to allow more interactive sections such as tabs and modals/lightboxes.

Bootstrap uses a mobile-first approach, so the framework is best used when developing for smaller screens first, and then adapting the layout to grow and change with the screen size. This method of development is often preferred to desktop-first as now over 50% of all internet traffic is now via a smartphone or tablet.

Using a prebuilt boilerplate can be helpful for simple website designs but most developers only use a small percentage of the total features. This is where Sass comes in; styles and components can be excluded from the stylesheet so code that’s never used isn’t included in the websites code.

To achieve bespoke designs, a lot of editing needs to be done to Bootstrap and this process can sometimes take longer than if you started from scratch. That’s why at Kolodo we start with a blank page and write all our code by hand. If you want to understand more about what you should be using to power your website, give our team a call today on 0800 084 3086 for free expert advice.