What is Bootstrap?

Building a site is easy, right? You have to think about its layout, the pages, build a sitemap, a wiremap, plan the design, then write the code for the design. Wait, what is powering that code? Oh right, you need some sort of back-end, a server, something to deal with the logic of what you want done.

Building a site from scratch is a very hard job that not many developers want to do. Most developers don’t build sites from the ground up, but use various web development tools, as should you.

The front-end of the site has so many development tools that you can get choice paralysis and never find the one you need. However, with Bootstrap, do you really need another one?

Here is more about Bootstrap, a fine front-end development tool.

Bootstrap Explained

Developing for Twitter was rough back in the day. Interface development at Twitter was really hard because the teams were using various libraries, which led to many inconsistencies and made development slow and updates a nightmare.

Jacob Thornton and Mark Otto decided to build a tool which would help them have consistency across the board, a framework, if you will. It was called, Twitter Blueprint.

An early version was developed to share and document common design patterns within Twitter. Twitter has Hack Weeks, where the employees engage in a hackathon and help each other. Multiple employees jumped on the Blueprint train and not long after, it was released as an open source project named Bootstrap, on August 19, 2011.

Bootstrap is Amazing

Bootstrap is a rather simple tool that helps developers by providing them with already written CSS, HTML and JavaScript code. This works wonders when building the front-end of the site, which is what these languages are used for. It is also amazing because it saves you time and provides you with consistent code that you don’t have to worry about. You could focus on the site’s back-end or immediately start fine tuning things if they need any fine tuning. 

There is a reason why most front-end developers download Bootstrap first and then get to building a site.

The Grid

There is no need to write your own grid for any site anymore. Bootstrap has its own grid where you can simply skip over the process and move to filling the site with content. The site can be organized in mere minutes by using some of the presets and the customization tools. It’s almost like you’re not programming, but are rather dragging and dropping things and editing an image, rather than a website. 

Images and Features

Bootstrap does a great job of turning your images into responsive ones, making them turn as the screen turns, or rather, shrink as the screen shrinks. You don’t even have to do a lot to enable this feature.

It also has menus, thumbnails, bars of all sorts, to add interactive elements to your site without hassle.

You don’t have to think about code unity or anything, just add the features that you like and start working on the site’s content.

Basically, Bootstrap does everything you need in a front-end development tool, from having premade site parts at the ready, to giving you the option to customize things while keeping the code clean and without any conflicts.

It is the perfect front-end development tool.

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