Responsive Bootstrap Design

Responsive web design with Bootstrap


Gone are the day when Responsive web design was just a buzz word and people saying you couldn’t possibly get away with creating one website for all devices and browsers, well guess what, it has now become the norm, and even search engines give preference to mobile friendly websites while search trends over time prove that Responsive web design should be the go to option when creating a new website. Even websites that do not practice Responsive web design most certainly have a mobile friendly version and if they don’t, they should as mobile penetration of online browsing has exploded and is only set to grow further. The only foreseeable threat that Responsive web design may face is through mobile apps that can provide structured content derived from a regular website.

The Process

Having built websites on both the Foundation framework as well as Bootstrap what we have realized is that we mostly only need the CSS powered Responsive grid system that these frameworks provide, the rest of it all being elements and plugins that each specific web development project may or may not need in fact using these frameworks in their entirety along with other plugins required by the project may actually hinder website performance.

A typical web design project workflow would be to go the customize page for any of these frameworks and toggle off all elements and only download the CSS grid system. The grid system is actually vertical columns that stack up on each other from left to right, meaning content on the right of the screen will drop to the bottom as the screen size reduces, this is important if content on a website must be viewed by a user in a particular order.

Bootstrap Components

Search trends in Responsive web design indicate that Bootstraps is the most popular responsive framework, so what other CSS and JavaScript components from the Bootstrap framework can a web designer find useful. Typography and Buttons along with the Navbar or menu drop down would be essential, especially for inexperienced web designers. The Modal, Pagination, Panels as well as the Carousel and Tooltips can all be useful as the web design project grows.

The Grid system is simply a twelve column row that can be broken down into any combination as long as the number of columns don’t increase beyond twelve meaning a website could have two six columns or three four columns and so on. Any number of rows that add up to twelve columns can be created. Typically, a web designer would require basic HTML and CSS skills to ensure that the grid system is tweaked to exactly create the layout required by the web design project. Once the layout is created, it’s just a matter of incorporating JavaScript or jQuery elements to provide user interactivity.





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