What do Lyft, Apple, and Meteor have in common? Aside from all being on the cutting edge, each of these companies uses Bootstrap to add structure and style to their sites and get them up and running quickly. Bootstrap isn’t just for startups or minimum viable products, although it works well for both — it’s also for established companies who want a common framework to standardize the front end of their website.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not Bootstrap is right for you, here are a few reasons why Bootstrap can help rocket your site to the next level.
1. The Most Popular Framework
2. A Quick Start
After downloading the framework, there are a bunch of examples on the Bootstrap web page with code you can use right now to get your site started. Want a blog layout? Use Bootstrap’s as a starting point and build on it. What about a sign-in page? Bootstrap has you covered.
3. Structure your Site using Grid System
When starting a new site from scratch, one of the first things I always have to do is plan out my main areas of the site, then decide which are going to float in which direction, how wide each one will be, and eventually get it just right. Even then it probably only looks good in one resolution.
Bootstrap cuts the entire CSS part out of the process and allows you to leverage their grid system, a 12-column format that makes structuring your page easy without needing to know about floats or the oddities therein. Once you understand the basics of Bootstrap’s grid system, it’s no trouble to customize your site to look just how you want it to on tablets or phones.
4. A Standard for the Team
When working on a team, setting standards helps your code base grow and get new developers up to speed fast. At Code School, we use MVCSS for organizing our CSS, which provides a formal standard for all the sites we build. A standard — any standard — is an amazing step toward making collaboration easy and reducing friction. Bootstrap won’t help you organize your non-Bootstrap code, but it will minimize the amount you write, leaving you more time to figure this out. It also covers a number of core parts you would otherwise need to develop your own team standard to follow.
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This code will accomplish the same thing — but look how much easier it is to write and maintain! Bootstrap has a bunch of similar plugins and classes that reduce code down to almost nothing.
Blast Off Today
If you’re looking to learn Bootstrap, get started today with Code School’s latest Bootstrap course, Blasting Off With Bootstrap! With 5 levels and 8 videos, this course covers everything you need to get started learning Bootstrap, or learn some helpful ways to use Bootstrap that you might not even know are possible. Let us know how you’ve used Bootstrap and what you think of the course in the comments below!