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.

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Three types of landing pages and when to use them

Landing page design

Everyone is looking for high conversions for their website, and this does not apply only to those who are selling an actual product, be it physical or digital. Service providers such as small businesses equally seek to gain leads for their services and publishers are looking to attract viewers for their content.

What is a conversion?

To define a conversion, it is the completion of an action on a website by the website’s visitor. The web designer will put together the elements of a page with the intention of the visitor completing this action.

This action needs to:

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4 web design trends of 2018 and the award-winning websites already using them

As the end of the year draws closer distinct trends are emerging and are set to grow in popularity over the coming year.

For web development this year, as predicted, we have seen the rise of 3D, VR & AI and the is a trend that looks to be growing strong. For front-end web design several trends seem to be emerging that leading designers agree are set to grow in popularity.

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Discover the advantages of 4 WordPress alternatives

There can only be one WordPress, it is the Worlds favorite free CMS system by far. It’s versatile, super-friendly and incredibly easy to set up.

WordPress has many fans. Some of its users adore the system and its popularity has spawned endless information instructing even the least technically savvy how to make the most of their website. Some users, however, find the platform frustrating and find themselves forever battling with incompatible plugins and badly coded adding in an effort to bend WordPress far beyond the blogging platform it was originally intended to be.

So what alternatives are there available to these users. For example, could switching to a purpose-driven CMS help to solve their problems making tasks like running an online shop easier?

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User experience design, what’s new and what’s practical

user experience design

One of the most important things to remember in user experience design is that how you think is probably different to how users think. In fact, if you are a web designer or a web developer you almost certainly do think differently.

Another important feature is user testing, getting to know your real-world users and investigating how they use your website or application on their terms. Learning what they want and how they expect they will get it. Something else you may want to consider when planning for a good user experience is A/B testing.

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Think mobile and build for the small screen

Mobile friendly webdesign

Responsive web design is now a basic standard expectation of a new website.

According to smartinsights.com, the USA has internet users spend 71% of their time on their mobile. This is matched by China. In the UK 61% is the amount of all users accessing from a mobile.

Google traffic on mobile has long since overtaken desktop and major brands expect to compete to deliver exceptional beautiful user experiences. Recognizable navigation, large shopping cart icons, Clear calls to action and clear email and call links all feature in the mind of the user, even if subconsciously, as hallmarks of a great mobile experience.

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Get familiar with browser developer tools for speedy debugging

Browser development tools have been around for a long time and have and for web designers, these form defined place in the workflow. I use development tools in my own projects very frequently to the point that I probably take them for granted. But every so often I do hear a new announcement or discover a trick that makes me remember how useful they are and how I really could not live without them.

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Think like a user to boost your websites performance

website performance

When a web developer sits down to start working on the task of optimising the performance of their website they are likely not thinking of the outcome in the same way as the user.

Typically a developer has a tool set to measure their performance and can tell you to the nearest millisecond how fast their CSS file loaded and how fast the frame rate is in their animation.

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