Many developers perceive Bootstrap to be a magic wand that either does development on its own or does a part of it. You will soon change your perception as soon as you start using Bootstrap. Bootstrap is a front-end framework that provides the required elements for page design with sufficient responsiveness using the HTML5 and CSS3 so that site functions consistently everywhere. With an increased focus on CSS, Bootstrap primarily help speed up the site development process since all the necessary ingredients for the purpose are bundled into the framework such as alerts, forms, buttons, navigation, typography, tables, grids, etc. In actuality, using bootstrap means using more of your left-brain, because Bootstrap is overloaded with tools and utilities, and knowing what/when to use it is important besides playing around with it.
Numbers change continuously in the case of web technology as technology changes in the blink of the eye. Obsoleteness always looms large. Large numbers are an indication of some stability. Bootstrap does have the backing of some serious numbers.
Out of the 100 millions websites, 981,608 used some features of Bootstrap. In other words 1% of the websites are powered by Bootstrap. (Source)
Bootstrap’s usage is between 1.6% and 2.8% in the top 10,000, the top 100,000 and the top 1 million sites respectively. (Source)
Since releasing it as an open source, ‘Bootstrap’ has been searched for in Google more that ‘Twitter Bootstrap’.
Joomla was quick to adopt Bootstrap. Bootstrap is currently a development tool for Joomla 3.
Bootstrap is presently the most popular sought after Github project.
You can start using Bootstrap by simply downloading and unzipping the files and adding it to the head of the the HTML document. Bootstrap gives you the option to use LESS files as well use the normal CSS file. Hence it is not necessary to know how to use LESS files but if you know CSS pre-processing, you will feel the true potential of Bootstrap.
The heart of Bootstrap is the responsive 12-column grids, layouts and components. You can switch to fixed to fluid width layouts or vice-versa, with just a few adjustments. The responsive utility classes can be used to make particular content visible or invisible on different types of screen sizes. This is so very helpful when you want to have contents displayed on specific screen sizes or devices. All you need to do is to use the right utility classes.
Bootstrap provides built in styling for nearly all HTML elements currently available such as Typography, Code, Tables, Forms, Buttons, Images, Icons, etc. The styles provided can be enhanced with extensible classes.
Customizing components is easy with Bootstrap as they are pre-styled. Few pre Styled components include Dropdowns, Button Groups, Navigation Bar, Breadcrumbs, Labels & Badges. Alerts, Progress Bar, etc. All you need to know is LESS.
Unlike other opensource projects, Bootstrap is thoroughly documented. Thanks to the guys at Twitter. The documentation is so detailed that even a novice can get started in no time.
JS plugins are made available in the package for all the components. You do not have to go anywhere searching for plugins when you want to make your components interactive. This way your file size remains light, as all you had done was just adding some codes.
Bootstrap community has grown huge in a very short span of time. About 319 useful resources can be found here.
Community is one thing that keeps an opensource technology alive and kicking. Bootstrap has a large following.
Though Bootstrap is hailed as a major impetus to web development and designing, you can explore it fully only if you are knowledgeable of what it takes to use it. Even without Bootstrap, you can still go about building sites in the old-fashioned way. Its all about the choice you make that sometimes makes or breaks.