Bootstrap vs Foundation: What are the differences?
Bootstrap: Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and JS for popular UI components and interactions. Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web; Foundation: The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. Foundation is the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. You can quickly prototype and build sites or apps that work on any kind of device with Foundation, which includes layout constructs (like a fully responsive grid), elements and best practices.
Bootstrap and Foundation can be primarily classified as "Front-End Frameworks" tools.
Some of the features offered by Bootstrap are:
- Preprocessors: Bootstrap ships with vanilla CSS, but its source code utilizes the two most popular CSS preprocessors, Less and Sass. Quickly get started with precompiled CSS or build on the source.
- One framework, every device: Bootstrap easily and efficiently scales your websites and applications with a single code base, from phones to tablets to desktops with CSS media queries.
- Full of features: With Bootstrap, you get extensive and beautiful documentation for common HTML elements, dozens of custom HTML and CSS components, and awesome jQuery plugins.
On the other hand, Foundation provides the following key features:
- Semantic: Everything is semantic. You can have the cleanest markup without sacrificing the utility and speed of Foundation.
- Mobile First: You can build for small devices first. Then, as devices get larger and larger, layer in more complexity for a complete responsive design.
- Customizable: You can customize your build to include or remove certain elements, as well as define the size of columns, colors, font size and more.
"Responsiveness", "UI components" and "Consistent" are the key factors why developers consider Bootstrap; whereas "Responsive grid", "Mobile first" and "Open source" are the primary reasons why Foundation is favored.
Bootstrap and Foundation are both open source tools. It seems that Bootstrap with 134K GitHub stars and 66K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Foundation with 28.2K GitHub stars and 5.77K GitHub forks.
Spotify, Twitter, and Lyft are some of the popular companies that use Bootstrap, whereas Foundation is used by HotelTonight, StatSheet, and Customer.io. Bootstrap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 7046 company stacks & 1115 developers stacks; compared to Foundation, which is listed in 653 company stacks and 77 developer stacks.
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