Your Best Friend for Responsive Websites – Bootstrap Explained

Understanding Bootstrap

So, what exactly is Bootstrap and what is all the hype about?

Nowadays a web developer who hasn’t touched or worked with Bootstrap is not really a web developer. At some point in your front-end programmers career mastering HTML & CSS you found yourself stranded – your website does not look good on other devices. You turned on the smartphone while going to get some coffee and you went to visit your website. Conclusion – bad user experience, your website looks like a bad picasso painting and at this point in your career as a web developer you hear a word “responsive”.

This is where Bootstrap comes into play. You’ve googled Bootstrap & by some miracle (and friendly Google algorithm) here you are. In this article I will try to broaden your understanding of Bootstrap in a nutshell.

Bootstrap is a framework which comprises a large collection of bits of code written in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. One of the most popular things about it, is the grid system. This grid system is what allows you to make your website responsive on other devices, not just your personal computer. In the past, programmers used to spend long hours creating codes for various devices and now with Bootstrap, you don’t have to waste time writing separate blocks of code for different devices, this has already been done for you.

And what’s even more attractive is that you can reuse these codes in different projects. So in a nutshell, Bootstrap takes away the hassle of tedious programming and gives you more time to develop your website.


Bootstrap Community

So who makes up the Bootstrap community? Bootstrap comprises a very large network of users who collaborate by sharing their experiences and giving advice. The framework also has its own Twitter page and blog which are frequently used by web designers and upcoming developers to keep in touch with latest technologies.

This free open-source platform, developed by a network of programmers, allows users to type a sequence of language statements into Windows Notepad. These statements which are saved in a file contain important components called source codes. Other users can access these source codes and input their unique content. And what’s the outcome? A customized website in no time!


Bootstrap Features

  1. Reusable components: These are built-in templates that provide thumbnails, dropdowns, pagination, alerts, badges, and many other elements.
  2. Themes: Bootstrap has a wide variety of themes available to suit any type of business.  Themes include administrative, material design, multipurpose, medical, kids, restaurant, music and construction themes.
  3. Page layout: With Bootstrap, there is a grid system for page layouts with a 12-column grid as the standard. This fluid grid system creates layouts for pages using many columns and rows in which you can add your content.  You can also resize it to suit your screen, whether it’s a laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile device.


Benefits of using Bootstrap

With these fantastic features, there’s no questioning why Bootstrap has such a large following. It is popularly used by web designers because of its flexibility and user-friendly features.  Take a look at some of its advantages:

  • It is free for users.
  • It is easy to use.
  • It contains reusable components with grids that are already coded.
  • It is compatible with major browsers including Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • It is compatible with any editor and server side technology.
  • It has an unrestricted number of operators.

Hope your understanding of Bootstrap is now somewhat better & that you feel motivated to learn more. Feel free to check out this Bootstrap tutorial to dive deeper into making your websites responsive & looking like a fine piece of modern art on any screen.