I started playing around with Bootstrap in 2015 when I didn’t understand what Bootstrap was or why a web designer would build websites using Bootstrap. Since then, I have built 6 Bootstrap sites and can now give five broad reasons to choose Bootstrap as a theme/framework for building a website.
Five Benefits of Bootstrap
- speed of development
The first benefit of Bootstrap is speed of web site development. As a web designer or web programmer, you don’t code to reinvent the wheel. Hundreds of developers have already contributed to the Bootstrap code base and all these developers share their chunks of code or design components. A web designer initially configures the web features desired, and then, the configured Bootstrap files are downloaded for initial site testing. Each configured Bootstrap site can be a unique design and each could be considered a Bootstrap theme. With all the Bootstrap resources available, the developer can quickly start creating a site structure without having to code individual site components.
The second benefit of Bootstrap is site responsiveness. Bootstrap is a mobile-first theme meaning it is designed for small smartphone screens but has a grid layout system which scales nicely for wider screens. Bootstrap polls the device requesting the webpage, and then, provides a mobile, tabloid, or desktop layout depending on the screen width of the requesting device. The client and developer don’t need to worry about multiple versions of the website. If your domain doesn’t have device responsiveness coding, Google will be penalizing the domain and your content may display poorly on some devices.
The third benefit of Bootstrap is consistency. Your Bootstrap site could be handed over to another Bootstrap experienced developer, and the web interface would remain consistent. For example, the menubar would function the same no matter which Bootstrap developer had last updated it. This consistency also relates to the many different web browsers available. The Bootstrap site responds and displays consistently when tested with most modern browsers.
The fourth benefit of Bootstrap is that it is easy to customize. The Bootstrap developer can choose any website components (buttons, sliders, date picker, popups, etc) to create the web experience that the client desires. With lots of Bootstrap components to choose from, the developer can create a unique customized theme.
The fifth benefit of Bootstrap is support. Github has over 600 developers sharing code and ideas on Bootstrap. The framework is always evolving and improving. A standard WordPress theme might be built and tested by a single developer or small team, but the worldwide community of Bootstrap developers would result in a superior theme.
When you combine the tools of faster development, device responsiveness, browser consistency, easy customization, and a good network of online support, the Bootstrap framework offers many time-saving advantages for web developers and they can concentrate more time on their client projects.
Some Bootstrap sites:
- http://dougragerarchitect.com **
- https://gordonbanks.app **
**Bootstrap site I have built
***Bootstrap with WooCommerce site I have built
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