Bootstrap: The Go To for Web Developers

What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap is a free and open-source CSS Framework directed at responsive, mobile-first front-end web development. It is used in highly responsive projects using HTML, CSS and Javascript. It contains Templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components.


The official website of Bootstrap its described as the “World’s Most Popular Front-end open-source Toolkit“. Originally named as ‘Twitter Blueprint’, Bootstrap is built by former Twitter employees Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton to encourage consistency across internal tools. Before Bootstrap, various libraries were used for interface development, which led to inconsistency and high maintenance burden.


In Layman’s Term, Bootstrap is a collection of handy and reusable bits of code written in HTML, CSS and Jquery which when used efficiently can be used to make front-end development framework that enables developers and designers to make fully responsive websites without writing too much of CSS code and concentrating more on the design of the website.
Bootstrap is also FREE to download and you can easily Download it from getbootstrap.com. It’s currently hosted on GitHub.
The current version is v4.5.0

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Features of Bootstrap

Easy to use

Anybody with just basic knowledge of HTML and CSS can start using Bootstrap

Responsive features

Bootstrap’s responsive CSS adjusts to phones, tablets, and desktops

Mobile-Friendly

Mobile-first approach: In Bootstrap 3, mobile-first styles are part of the core framework

Simple Integration

Bootstrap can be simply integrated along with distinct other platforms and frameworks, on existing sites and new ones too and one more things you can also utilize particular elements of Bootstrap along with your current CSS.

Pre-styled Components

Bootstrap approaches with pre-styled components for alerts, dropdowns, nav bars, etc.

Customizable Bootstrap

The Bootstrap can be customized as per the designs of your project.

Browser compatibility

Bootstrap is compatible with all modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera)

Great grid system

Bootstrap is built on responsive 12-column grids, layouts and components. Whether you need a fixed grid or a responsive, it’s only a matter of a few changes.

Bundled JavaScript plugins

The components such as drop down menu are made interactive with the numerous JavaScript plugins bundled in the bootstrap package.

Extensive list of components

Whether you need drop down menus, pagination or alert boxes, Bootstrap has got your covered. Some of the components pre styled are; Dropdowns, Button Groups, Navigation Bar, Breadcrumbs, Labels & Badges, Alerts, Progress Bar, And many others.

Base styling for most HTML elements

A website has many different elements such as headings, lists, tables, buttons, forms, etc. The HTML elements for which styles are provided are; Typography Code, Tables, Forms, Buttons, Images, Icons

Good documentation

Not only does Bootstrap offer styling for almost every element a typical website or web application requires, but it also provides great documentation with examples and demo that only make it easier for even someone new.

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