Build on Bootstrap for fast and quality web design

website design

Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile projects on the web.

You have probably come across Bootstrap as a web designer along with other technologies such as Sass, LESS, Grunt, Gulp, npm ect and felt like it you need to absorb an avalanche of knowledge before you can get started on your website. This can feel like overkill for smaller sites too.

With Bootstrap this is not the case, you can get started either with free or premium themes and keep adding components as your needs require and everything just works with at most minor adjustments to the code.

If you’re not using Bootstrap, in your frontend web design, then you’re working too hard, especially if you are not using an alternative grid system like Foundation. I think you will see a great improvement in the speed and quality of your final design.

Here are 5 great reasons to work with bootstrap

Great Documentation – Every aspect of Bootstrap is well explained with examples provided over on the Bootstrap website.
Works brilliantly with WordPress – In fact, many themes, both free and premium make use of the Grid. WordPress and Bootstrap become an incredible combination when used together. It’s not limited to WordPress either; Bootstrap can be applied to anything using CSS.
Super flexible – It is easy to customize mobile and responsive layouts down to the finest details.
Fast development – The origins of Bootstrap lie with Twitter who developed and expanded on Bootstrap to encourage rapid prototyping.

Now that I have given you an introduction to the benefits of Bootstrap I will now share with you my favorite resources for building on Bootstrap. This brings me to another great feature of Bootstrap; its popularity means there are many resources available discover and share.

Free themes with Start Bootstrap

free bootstrap themes
Start Bootstrap is a collection of free to download Bootstrap themes and templates. They use the most upup to datedate version of Bootstrap and even allow for their themes to be used commercially. I have used Start Bootstrap many times when I need to get a small website design built fast.

Premium themes with Wrap Bootstrap

premium wrap Bootstrap themes
I discovered Wrap Bootstrap when I was searching for high-quality pre-built themes were the only options available were Bootstrap.
I have had many success with website themes found on this site and have used them to quickly deliver client projects.

Components with Bootsnip

components with Bootsnip
A site of user-created snippets for Bootstrap, things from different style buttons to full page layouts can be found here. If I need to add a gallery, a form or a login field and feel confident it will be easy to integrate with the existing theme I am working with. Also good for foundation users.

Admin themes with Admin LTE

admin lte admin theme
You may recognize the admin theme known as AdminLTE, it’s very popular as the theme for a website admin and frequently used in SaaS applications. I have even tried premium admin themes that cannot beat the features and build of this admin theme as it is so easy to use.

I have said already that I find this easy to use, but if you are a beginner, I can understand that this can seem quite daunting. Afterall Bootstrap has expanded over the years adding even more rich features.

In this case, I recommend using the getting started guide to help you how to install and get started with Bootstrap. I also recommend having a reasonably good grasp of CSS HTML and JS before getting started and playing around with some of the core features before getting started straight away with a theme.

A pro tip is to make use of the Bootstrap CDN; this will allow you to make use of Bootstrap styles without having it stored directly on your hosting server. A CDN is possible because many other website access Bootstrap features and they become cached. A CDN takes advantage of this and allows these to load quicker.

Don’t worry if it is not cached as Bootstrap CSS files will just load normally just without the speed boost.