These days responsive web design is not an option. Your site needs to look its best on multiple screen sizes and still be manageable and easy to update. The time when having to control a separate website for mobile is far in the distance. So why did we choose Twitter Bootstrap for our front-end responsive platform? Here are a few reasons why we love to work with Bootstrap.
1) Well Documented
Bootstrap offers great documentation to help newbies and professionals alike. When using a new platform for the first time, there is always a bit of a learning curve. We were able to get a good feel for how Bootstrap worked over a few cups of coffee thanks to the documentation.
2) Massive Community
With over 65,000 stars and 23,000 forks on Github to date, the Bootstrap community is thriving and doesn’t seem to be loosing any steam. If you have an issue, just post it up on Github or search the previous comment threads. More than likely you will find a resolution within a few minutes.
Bootstrap’s framework is made to adapt to any type of project even if it’s a site you already have. Out of the box, the framework core is powerful and will fill the missing responsive gaps in your existing project. All you need to do is add your style sheet on top and override the Bootstrap preset styles to work with your site. Using Bootstrap will cut back on hours of responsive testing because you already know it works.
4) It’s The Future
The code is clean, precise and forward thinking. Powered by HTML5 and the latest CSS3 technology, using Bootstrap will help to future proof your site if used correctly. Make sure to add your styles on top and never alter the existing Bootstrap code. This will make updating versions a breeze.
5) Extremely Powerful Grid System
When we say “Extremely Powerful” we mean it. You can pretty much create any grid combination that you can think of making it easy to design killer layouts. You also have full control over when the grid breaks on mobile devices which allows designers lots of flexibility.
6) Speed And Consistency
Since we have switched to Bootstrap we have cut our development time by almost half. Our site code is completely consistent across projects which allows us to update and design more efficiently. If we pick up any new designers they can quickly come in and learn how our projects are laid out and jump right in without much of a learning curve. Overall our skills as web designers has tremendously increased solely because of this framework.
Obviously we recommend Bootstrap as our front-end framework of choice. If you think it will help you with your next project give it a go. You can check out more at http://getbootstrap.com. Let us know how you like using it! We love chatting with fellow designers and developers.