If you have been designing websites for the past 5 years, I’m sure you have encountered a new way that sprung up in recent years that helps developers build mobile websites fast. This new method uses front-end frameworks that are based on a responsive CSS grid. But even if you haven’t, you undoubtedly have seen many sites while surfing the web that use these css frameworks to create mobile-friendly websites that are functional and look beautiful on all the devices.
Back in the day before this was the way to develop websites, web designers coded each page from scratch which would take an awfully long time. Each element including menus, sliders, and everything else on the page had to be individually coded and styled. Now, however, you can start with the already pre-built template or framework that already has many elements pre-build and tested, so all you have to do is add needed page elements, style the header, menu and the footer and throw in few other components that can be easily integrated into the site and you are done.
Now the process of designing a responsive website becomes much faster and easier and you don’t have to worry that your website looking terrible or broken on a tablet or a mobile phone.
But be warned, there is some criticism that comes with developing websites based on this css framework system. One, is the lack of originality especially in terms of layout, due to the fact that many of these CSS frameworks use 12 grid system that makes many sites look very similar. Also, many of these frameworks tend to be bloated and clunky due to too many features they incorporate. There are many options when it comes to choosing the front end framework for your next project. It will be too long for us to include them all, so I decided to focus on the 4 top most popular ones.
So proceed with caution and do your research diligently beforehand to see which framework might work better for your specific project.
So if you asking yourself, “Which Framework Should I Choose?” Below are a few of the most popular frameworks that are being used right now on the web:
Bootstrap is my favorite network to use and is the undisputed leader among the css frameworks you can find today. Just like other networks on this list, it’s free and easy to use. It’s frequently updated and maintained and makes the development of any responsive website a breeze. Also due to its popularity, you can find many tutorials, blogs and templates that will help you learn how to use Bootstrap properly.
Zurb Foundation Framework
Zurb Foundation is the second biggest framework. It’s similar to Bootstrap and has many easy-to-implement features and well-maintained and frequently updated code. Foundation is used on many big websites.
A newcomer framework that is based on a recently implemented flexbox model. If you haven’t added flexbox to your developer toolset, I highly recommend looking into it. It makes it easier to layout pages and various elements by giving you more control over how you position elements on the page.
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960 Grid System
One of the original and simplest frameworks to use. 960 Grid system doesn’t have as many features, but it’s also not overly bloated and uses 12 or 16 column grid system to help you create websites that scale beautifully on all types of screens and can save you many hours of writing media queries for your website.
960 Grid Tutorials