The Best CSS Frameworks of 2017
I recently read an article over at HostPresto that talked about the best PHP frameworks of 2017. But in my opinion, a website is only as good as its front end. So I figured I’d put together a list of what I feel are the best CSS frameworks around (at the time of writing).
Let’s be honest, building a website can become a very complicated process, and it’s important that you use a CSS framework that will enable you to simplify this work as much as possible. The framework that you choose will have a huge impact on just how easy it is for you to create your website and what it will end up like when you are finished. The more time you take to look into these framework options, the better your website is likely to be overall.
Bulma might be a pretty new framework, but it still has a lot to offer. This framework promises a lightweight and easy-to-use spreadsheet that will be sure to make building your site a lot easier. The CSS grid is built using Flexbox, which boosts its capabilities beyond that of your average grid. As long as you don’t plan on using Internet Explorer pre-10.0, you should love this framework.
Pure is a great option for those who have a project they are working on and need to add a very basic and minimal framework. The thing that so many people love about this framework is that it’s very simple in its styling and overall size. It is only 3.8kb after it has been minified and gzipped. If you are somewhat unfamiliar with CSS frameworks, this is an extremely small size indeed. Another great thing about Pure is that it comes with normalize.css built into it. If this is normally included in your project builds, you will be able to get your CSS resets with this framework instead.
While it may be true that Kube is a bit bulkier than Pure, it is still a very lightweight framework that is worth taking a close look at. This framework doesn’t focus on styles so much as useful tools that will help you in developing your website so you can get it exactly how you want. It too is based on Flexbox, and offers a ton of functionality with regards to layout. Again, you will browser compatibility might be an issue if you are using an older version of certain web browsers.
Materialize is based on Google’s Material Design, and it’s quite a comprehensive framework when compared to the ones listed above. This framework is based on a specific design pattern, so there are a number of options when it comes to how certain things on a page should look. There is a lot of visual styling that has already been done for you, which is definitely nice. If you are trying to make your website look particularly unique, this might not be the framework for you. A lot of people are of the opinion that all websites that use Materialize look very similar, but you can judge for yourself.
Bootstrap is definitely not very lightweight or trendy, but it is without a doubt the most popular framework out right now. Anyone who is familiar with CSS knows the name Bootstrap, because it has been around for quite a while. A lot of frontend developers have tons of experience using Bootstrap, and it comes with a built-in responsive design. One of the primary drawbacks of this framework is that if you don’t modify the base styles, you can end up with a very plain looking website. With a history of helping people to develop awesome websites, Bootstrap is definitely one of the biggest names in CSS frameworks even today.
This development framework has the potential to help you create amazing websites that look great with responsive layouts. One of the best things about this framework is that it’s so easy to use. Even those who have minimal experience with these types of frameworks shouldn’t have much problem with this one. A lot of people like this framework because it treats words and classes as exchangeable concepts. It also offers many different themes, over three thousand in fact. Debugging with this framework is usually far easier than with other frameworks, which is a huge plus in and of itself. One of the only drawbacks to this framework is that the deployment process can be a big greater, and it doesn’t support Internet Explorer.