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6 Reasons to Choose Twitter Bootstrap

Twitter Bootstrap stands as one of the most popular open source front-end frameworks on the Web. Since its official release in 2011, it has undergone several changes, and it’s now one of the most stable and responsive framework for front-end development for a while now. It is the latest innovation to hit the design and development arena. Web developers can now make some quick templates for a website or app in a couple of days, without having to worry about getting involved in interface or app design. It provides a faster, easier, and less repetitive solution to presentation, which will no doubt appeal to any leave of web/app developer. Today’s websites should be modern, sleek, responsive, and mobile first. Bootstrap helps us to achieve these goals with minimum fuss. Here are the top five reasons why you should use Twitter bootstrap.

Easy to get started

CSS Pre-processing is great and every front end developer should learn it. However not everyone is using it. There are still many designers creating and managing CSS files the same old way. Bootstrap offers LESS files for those of us who know how to use it, but it also provides the plain old CSS file for those don’t want to use CSS pre-processing.
To take advantage of what Bootstrap has to offer, you just have to download the files from Bootstrap on Github and after unzipping, include the files in the head of your HTML document.
This example HTML document includes the bootstrap framework with its default styling and every single components and JavaScript plugins.
 

The Powerful Grid System

Bootstrap has one of the best responsive, mobile first grid system built on 12-column grids, layouts and components. So that you can decide how much screen real estate each element of your design should take up. Another useful set of features are the responsive utility classes using which you can make a certain block of content appear or hide only on devices based on the size of their screen. Very handy when you want to hide some content based on screen size.
 

Extensive list of components and Javascript plugins

Bootstrap comes complete with many reusable CSS and JavaScript components that can help to achieve the functionality needed in almost any kind of website. Whether you need drop down menus, pagination or alert boxes, Bootstrap has got your covered. If you project requires sliders, tabs, accordions, then you no longer have to try and test numerous different plugins across the web. Adding these functionalities is just a matter of adding few lines of code and you are all set.
 

Browser Compatibility

Bootstrap is compatible with all modern browsers and Internet Explorer versions 8 and up. If Bootstrap’s instructions are followed properly, you can create a website design that works in all these browsers. Plugins like Respond.js come as part of Bootstrap’s default template. These help in porting HTML5 elements into older non-HTML5 browsers.
 

Customizable

A great aspect of Bootstrap is that you can make it your own. It offers many ways to customize its default design. The customizer gives you complete control over which features you want to include, so you can streamline the framework to suit your needs. If that is not suit you can override all of its CSS and default JavaScript behavior.
 

Save Time

With Bootstrap, the first thing you do is cash in on a lot of time. The Bootstrap libraries offer readymade pieces of code that can pump life into a website. A web developer doesn’t have to spend time laboriously working out and writing code, but simply find the right piece and fit it into the structure they’re working on. In addition to this, a lot of the styling and design aspects are already taken care of, since the CSS is built with LESS.
 

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