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Bootstrap Alternatives 2019: Advanced CSS Frameworks for Developers

Bootstrap Foundation Skeleton CSS Materialize CSS UIKit Semantic UI Bulma GroundworkCSS.io Purecss Cardinal CSS
  1. Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and JS for popular UI components and interactions
    Pricing:
    • Open Source
    Bootstrap has been around for years—helping developers churn out splendid front-end websites. Over the years, it has managed its reputation as the most popular front-end framework. At its praise, we would like to mention that Bootstrap is the second most starred project on GitHub. It has well over 100 thousand stars under its belt. However, Bootstrap may not be the right solution for all types of websites, especially simple ones. At times, we don’t need a full-fledged framework as the project doesn’t require 10s of building blocks. It is a plain waste of resources and time. These are the occasions, one must consider different CSS Framework platforms.

    #Developer Tools #Design Tools #Web Frameworks 329 social mentions

  2. The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world
    Pricing:
    • Open Source
    Foundation is a powerful framework for building rapid production code and prototypes on any kind of device. On its website, it mentions that the platform is the most advanced responsive front-end framework, which is not far from the truth. The platform is famous for its responsive design philosophy, which translates to simultaneous designing for multiple screens. On the platform, styles are consciously undeveloped to encourage the variations between the sites created using Foundation. It also has built-in form validation and comes with RTL support.

    #CSS Framework #Design Tools #Developer Tools 18 social mentions

  3. A Beautiful Boilerplate for Responsive, Mobile-Friendly Development
    Pricing:
    • Open Source
    This boilerplate is made up of just about 400 lines and is specifically designed with mobile devices in mind. It is to be noted that the Skeleton is not a fully-featured framework, but a mere starting point to start website designing. You should only prefer the Skeleton if you are considering a small project. It is only capable of styling a handful of standard HTML elements. It also features a grid. Often, these features are enough to get started. To illustrate the point, the Skeleton’s own website is built on its own platform. Check it out. For its simplicity and lightweight, we give Skeleton the second spot on our list.

    #CSS Framework #CSS Tools #Design Tools 17 social mentions

  4. A modern responsive front-end framework based on Material Design
    Pricing:
    • Open Source
    Materialize is a fascinating way to incorporate a touch of material designing to your projects. If you are a new developer, you can use this without the hassle of complicated codes. The platform does most of the heavy lifting to provide you with the custom components of a premium design. It also ensures that the animations across your website stays smooth, and helps in providing a unified user experience. The platform provides detailed documentation with examples to help new users get started. Adding to that, their feedback system is great. We highly recommend this framework to all the newbie developers.

    #CSS Framework #Design Tools #Developer Tools 25 social mentions

  5. 5
    A lightweight and modular front-end framework for developing fast and powerful web interfaces
    Pricing:
    • Open Source
    UIKit is a lightweight and modular front-end framework for powerful development and responsive web interfaces. The platform features a Pro version which multiplies your developmental possibilities. It gives you a theme and page builder for both Joomla and WordPress. UIKit allows you to customize every aspect of its framework and arranges your content on an intuitive and comprehensive interface. It supports drag and drop page feature for faster development and generates a tailored UIKit markup.

    #CSS Framework #Design Tools #Developer Tools 20 social mentions

  6. A UI Component library implemented using a set of specifications designed around natural language
    Pricing:
    • Open Source
    Semantic UI acknowledges that the user interface is the language of the web. One of the things that stood out while testing it was its well-documented instructions and elaborate examples of source codes. No doubt that the platform is easy to use and only loads the components that you need. However, we found a couple of problems with it. The classes on the platform don’t work together and it requires Jquery for Javascript functionality.

    #Design Tools #CSS Framework #Developer Tools 17 social mentions

  7. 7
    Bulma is an open source CSS framework based on Flexbox and built with Sass. It's 100% responsive, fully modular, and available for free.
    Pricing:
    • Open Source
    Bulma is a Flexbox based CSS framework which is used by more than a hundred thousand developers. A few years ago when it first came to the market with its full-fledged flexbox grid, it became an instant hit. The platform also features a massive list of components that are helpful for coding a wide range of websites. Bulma deserves a mention in our list, not just for its incredible features but also for its looks. It is simply the most beautiful framework we tested. Result? It produces really nice looking websites with a very simple set of tasks.

    #CSS Framework #Development Tools #Design Tools 109 social mentions

  8. NOTE: GroundworkCSS.io has been discontinued.
    Responsive HTML5, CSS and JavaScript Framework
    Groundwork is another lightweight framework for developers. The platform is a responsive framework which allows developers the flexibility to create scalable applications. Groundwork features an adaptive fluid grid system which ensures that your design fits all screen sizes; phones, notebooks, TVs—you name it. The platform is highly customizable and allows you to put your own style. You can also bolt your coding on it for additional functionalities.

    #DevOps Tools #Developer Tools #Continuous Integration And Delivery

  9. A set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project.
    Pricing:
    • Open Source
    Pure is a clustered set of CSS modules, which might not sound convincing but it does well what is it designed for. The platform defines itself as a set of small responsive CSS modules which can be used in every project. Pure is incredibly tiny for a framework. Its entire set is sized at 3.8 KB. The platform is primarily designed with mobile devices in mind, which is why the coding is kept tight, where every line is carefully considered.

    #CSS Framework #Development Tools #Javascript UI Libraries 8 social mentions

  10. Cardinal is a modular, “mobile-first” CSS framework for front-end web developers. It’s built with performance and scalability in mind.
    Pricing:
    • Open Source
    Cardinal CSS framework is designed for high scalability, maintenance, and performance. Its mobile-first approach allows front-end developers to scale and build. The platform also helps it in maintaining CSS for responsive user interfaces, applications, and websites. Cardinal made to our list because it consciously omits several aesthetic design decisions which save its framework from bogging down. This gives you more control over your project and leaves the creativity up to you.

    #Developer Tools #Design Tools #Website Design

  11. MUELLER is a modular grid system for responsive/adaptive and non–responsive layouts, based on Compass. You have full control over column width, gutter width, baseline grid and media–queries.
    Mueller is a modular responsive grid system based on Sass and Compass. The platform allows you to build the grid in a couple of ways. You can either add classes straight to the HTML or use the grid function – (grid()). The platform’s grid can be combined with the Masonry Javascript library to produce a layout similar to Pinterest.

    #Developer Tools #Front-End Frameworks

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