Built With Bootstrap

30 Must See Websites Built With Bootstrap

Tell me if you’ve heard this before…

“All Bootstrap websites look the same.”

This can be true, but only if you don’t make any modifications to the default Bootstrap styling.

You see, Bootstrap can be a fantastic starting point for responsive front-end development. And if you invest a bit of time into styling your website’s theme, the results can be spectacular.

Luckily, I didn’t have to look too far to find some amazing examples of websites built with Bootstrap. The following gallery is a curated list of awesome showcases from the Bootstrap ExpoLove Bootstrap and Built With Bootstrap. (more…)

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Free Web Project Tools

9 Free Tools to Make Your Next Web Project a Success

Look. You make beautiful things. It’s your passion, probably your living.

But with the logistics of work life being what they are, you’ve probably landed on a few less-than-gorgeous tools and processes along the way. These ugly parts of your day-to-day can wear on you; your mind may (even now!) be hopping from “ugh, email attachments” to that awful project management tool your client somehow prefers.

For every argument urging “don’t upset the apple cart” is another, more eloquent entreaty to clarify, simplify, beautify now and reap the benefits forever. So before you plunge feet-first into that next big design project, step back and take stock. (more…)

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bootstrap vs foundation

Bootstrap vs. Foundation: Which Framework is Better?

If you’re a web designer who’s looking for a sleek, simple and responsive front-end framework, you’ve probably heard of both Bootstrap and Foundation. That’s because these are the two most popular frameworks around right now.

In your mind, you’re probably also thinking…Bootstrap vs. Foundation…Bootstrap vs. Foundation! Which should I use? Which can get me to where I have a fully functioning, new website more efficiently? Relax—we’ve got you covered.

Before we dive into the details of each framework, know that each one has its pros and cons. At the end of this blog post, you’ll make a decision on which is better based on your unique situation, your needs and your familiarity with code in the first place. (more…)

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The All-Inclusive Guide to Web Typography Best Practices

Look around the Internet, and note how typography absolutely dominates web design in every aspect. After all, there’s a reason that web design is 95% typography. This makes a world of sense when you think about it. The Internet is all about content, and content means text and words. And that means typography.

The smart web designer knows this and will therefore devote a lot of careful thought and deliberation to getting typography right on any site that he’s working on. In his quest to make type both functional and attractive to the reader, he has to consider a bunch of different factors when planning the information architecture of the site. What sort of fonts are the most readable? Which fonts are easy for readers to skim through? What about fonts that are legible? (more…)

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CSS transitions buttons

4 Simple CSS Transitions to Enhance Your Buttons

Call to actions are one of the most important elements of a website, theme or template. When you think about it, almost every web page is designed with the goal of making the user take action.

Incidentally, buttons become one of the most important elements of your web design.

So why not dress them up a little bit and add some simple CSS transition effects.

In this tutorial, I’ll go over 4 simple CSS transitions you can use to enhance your buttons and add a little flare to your web page.

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Bootstrap icon fonts

Bootstrap Icon Fonts: 7 Essential Resources

If you’re using Bootstrap, then you’re most certainly designing responsive layouts. And while responsive design has done wonders for creating mobile friendly web pages, it has also created new issues for designers.

One of these issues is the use of icons. The problem with image icons is that they don’t scale well and they’re difficult to manipulate without the help of an image editor. They can also add to the weight of a website and lead to slower load times.

The solution? Icon Fonts. (more…)

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bootstrap 3 carousel

Bootstrap 3 Carousel Tutorial

Bootstrap includes a handy plugin and component for cycling through slider images like a carousel. Sliders can be a great way to feature important content on your website.

In the following tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how you can add a carousel to your Bootstrap 3 website. It simply requires some HTML markup and a couple lines of JavaScript if you want to adjust the settings using that method. (more…)

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bootstrap theming with less

Take the Pain out of Bootstrap Theming with LESS

To many, theming Bootstrap is a dirty word. Some complaints include: the framework is so large that I can’t be bothered, my website will look just like every other Bootstrap website, and it’s easier for me to just do it without a framework.

These are all valid arguments if you aren’t organized and using the power of LESS in Bootstrap theming.

I’ve put together a system for using LESS to speed up the process and give you a starting place for when you’re designing a new theme. With a little bit of planning, you can really start to leverage the power of Bootstrap. (more…)

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Customizing Bootstrap

How to Customize the Default Bootstrap Style, the Right Way

If you take a look at the source code of some of your favourite websites, we wouldn’t be surprised if you found common elements of the Bootstrap framework being put to use. As Bootstrap is arguably the most popular front-end framework for web development, many designers and developers employ the framework for rapid responsive development.

But why do some of these sites look nothing like the default Bootstrap theme? Quite simply, additional CSS stylesheets were added or the default Bootstrap stylesheets were modified (let’s disregard LESS or SASS for the sake of this tutorial).

In this short tutorial, we’ll show you how to do this in a manner that is clean, easy to maintain, and allows you to update to future versions of Bootstrap without breaking your custom styles (providing that the update is minor). (more…)

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color scheme generators

7 Color Scheme Generators to Help Pick the Perfect Palette

Balancing color is important in all walks of life. Whether you’re decorating your house, choosing an outfit or even planning your wedding, you’re always trying to balance the right colors.

Web design is no different.

Choosing an appropriate color scheme is always a key consideration when building a website. There’s a reason why environmental websites almost always use a color palette with greens and other earth tones. The colors must match the brand.

Unfortunately, it can sometimes be challenging to find that perfect color palette. For this reason, we’ve compile a list of the best color scheme generators on the web. These tools will make it much easier to establish the perfect color scheme for all your web designs. (more…)

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