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Bootstrap vs Laravel: What are the differences?

Developers describe Bootstrap as "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. On the other hand, Laravel is detailed as "A PHP Framework For Web Artisans". Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We believe development must be an enjoyable, creative experience to be truly fulfilling. Laravel attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.

Bootstrap and Laravel are primarily classified as "Front-End Frameworks" and "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools respectively.

"Responsiveness", "UI components" and "Consistent" are the key factors why developers consider Bootstrap; whereas "Clean architecture", "Growing community" and "Composer friendly" are the primary reasons why Laravel is favored.

Bootstrap and Laravel are both open source tools. It seems that Bootstrap with 134K GitHub stars and 65.8K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Laravel with 53K GitHub stars and 16.2K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Bootstrap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 7047 company stacks & 1101 developers stacks; compared to Laravel, which is listed in 817 company stacks and 753 developer stacks.

Advice on Bootstrap and Laravel
Ashish Sharma
Sr. UI Associate at Daffodil Software · | 4 upvotes · 246.8K views

I am a bit confused when to choose Bootstrap vs Material Design or Tailwind CSS, and why? I mean, in which kind of projects we can work with bootstrap/Material/Tailwind CSS? If the design is made up on the grid, we prefer bootstrap, and if flat design, then material design. Similarly, when do we choose tailwind CSS?

Any suggestion would be appreciated?

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Hi Ashish,

If you need minimal work to be done from your end and like most of the components / design available out of the box - go with Bootstrap. This is the oldest and has the widest adoption and a whole range of components built out by others.

If you like Material design, this is a good choice too. Please note that Bootstrap also has a Material theme, though it is not as native.

Both of these above frameworks are bulky and has more than what you may need.

If you like to build micro-components in a elegant way, TailwindCSS is the way to go.

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I don't know about material design.

You would go with Bootstrap if you want to prototype / build something without bothering about the design at all and you are OK if everything looks kinda template-y, using bootstrap out of the box components.

Go with Tailwind if you need a sleek design, a user interface where building with components will be important (because tailwind strongly favors component-based UI), and you know you will need to extend the built-in classes with your own (because tailwind is very easy to extend)

I would personally recommend tailwind over bootstrap any day of the week.

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I am looking to make a website builder web app, where users can publish built websites with a custom or subdomain (much like Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, etc.), and I was wondering about any advice on which web framework to build it on? I currently know Node.js, but I would be excited to learn Laravel or Django if those would be better options. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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The tools you mentioned are all backend focused frameworks. I will say, you can choose one of them as you may prefer (maybe Laravel and Django will be better since it's more organized than Node.js). But no matter what, if you will create a website builder application, today you'll need a frontend framework like Vue.js, React or Angular - or maybe Ember.js, Svelte and Meteor.

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Đam Lê Đình
Senior Software Engineer at NAB · | 6 upvotes · 53K views
Recommends
Laravel

If you use Nodejs, you should use one more frontend language like reactjs or angularjs. Laravel is the better option. They are more power for rendering.

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Hi. We are planning to develop web, desktop, and mobile app for procurement, logistics, and contracts. Procure to Pay and Source to pay, spend management, supplier management, catalog management. ( similar to SAP Ariba, gap.com, coupa.com, ivalua.com vroozi.com, procurify.com

We got stuck when deciding which technology stack is good for the future. We look forward to your kind guidance that will help us.

We want to integrate with multiple databases with seamless bidirectional integration. What APIs and middleware available are best to achieve this? SAP HANA, Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB...

ASP.NET / Node.js / Laravel. ......?

Please guide us

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Recommends
ASP.NET

i recommended .NET because the library so rich, you can integrated any sources to computed , compiling, integrating, your apps to high complexity, easy to communicated with SAP BAPI. used Oracle DB, Cheers.

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Decisions about Bootstrap and Laravel

I am planning to develop project management system SAAS based. Can any one help me with selection of platforms from Django or Laravel and for database MongoDB or Firebase/Firestore or MySql? On front end I am going to use Quasar Framework (VueJS). Note : project will be Webapp, Mobile app and desktop app.

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washie mugo
Chose
Django
over
Laravel

i find python quite resourceful. given the bulk of libraries that python has and the trends of the tech i find django which runs on python to be the framework of choice to the upcoming web services and application. Laravel on the other hand which is powered by PHP is also quite resourceful and great for startups and common web applications.

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Bridget Sarah
Full Stack Developer at Bridget Sarah · | 10 upvotes · 257.7K views

I do prefer to write things from scratch however when it came to wanting to jump-start the frontend, I found that it was taking me a lot longer hence why needing to use something very fast.

Bootstrap was the boom when it came out, I didn't like it, to be honest, set in its way and a pain to over-ride and in addition, you can tell from a distance if you're using boostrap and as everything looks the same.

I came across Tailwind CSS as I wanted more dynamic features, you could say, I've been now doing it for a few days and I love it a lot. I've been practising with the full stack part installed but I an't we wait until I do a new project, and I'll e able to select exactly what I want. Much faster.

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Pros of Bootstrap
Pros of Laravel
  • 1.6K
    Responsiveness
  • 1.2K
    UI components
  • 943
    Consistent
  • 777
    Great docs
  • 677
    Flexible
  • 466
    HTML, CSS, and JS framework
  • 410
    Open source
  • 375
    Widely used
  • 368
    Customizable
  • 241
    HTML framework
  • 76
    Popular
  • 75
    Mobile first
  • 75
    Easy setup
  • 56
    Great grid system
  • 49
    Great community
  • 38
    Future compatibility
  • 34
    Integration
  • 27
    Very powerful foundational front-end framework
  • 24
    Standard
  • 23
    Javascript plugins
  • 19
    Build faster prototypes
  • 18
    Preprocessors
  • 13
    Grids
  • 8
    Clean
  • 7
    Good for a person who hates CSS
  • 4
    Rapid development
  • 4
    Easy to setup and learn
  • 4
    Love it
  • 2
    Clean and quick frontend development
  • 2
    Provide angular wrapper
  • 2
    Great and easy to use
  • 2
    Great and easy
  • 2
    Powerful grid system, Rapid development, Customization
  • 2
    Community
  • 2
    Great customer support
  • 2
    Popularity
  • 2
    Great and easy to make a responsive website
  • 2
    Sprzedam opla
  • 2
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Painless front end development
  • 1
    Responsive design
  • 1
    Reactjs
  • 1
    Geo
  • 1
    Design Agnostic
  • 1
    So clean and simple
  • 1
    Numerous components
  • 1
    Recognizable
  • 1
    Intuitive
  • 1
    Love the classes?
  • 1
    Material-ui
  • 1
    Pre-Defined components
  • 1
    Boostrap
  • 1
    It's fast
  • 1
    Felxible, comfortable, user-friendly
  • 1
    The fame
  • 1
    Easy setup2
  • 0
    Frefsd
  • 504
    Clean architecture
  • 364
    Growing community
  • 339
    Composer friendly
  • 315
    Open source
  • 295
    The only framework to consider for php
  • 194
    Mvc
  • 189
    Quickly develop
  • 155
    Dependency injection
  • 143
    Application architecture
  • 129
    Embraces good community packages
  • 57
    Write less, do more
  • 52
    Restful routing
  • 47
    Orm (eloquent)
  • 43
    Artisan scaffolding and migrations
  • 42
    Database migrations & seeds
  • 35
    Awesome
  • 33
    Great documentation
  • 25
    Awsome, Powerfull, Fast and Rapid
  • 25
    Promotes elegant coding
  • 24
    Build Apps faster, easier and better
  • 22
    Easy to learn, scalability
  • 22
    JSON friendly
  • 21
    Most easy for me
  • 21
    Eloquent ORM
  • 19
    Modern PHP
  • 19
    Test-Driven
  • 18
    Beautiful
  • 18
    Blade Template
  • 13
    Security
  • 11
    Based on SOLID
  • 11
    Clean Documentation
  • 10
    Cool
  • 10
    Easy to attach Middleware
  • 10
    Simple
  • 10
    Convention over Configuration
  • 9
    Easy Request Validatin
  • 8
    Simpler
  • 8
    Get going quickly straight out of the box. BYOKDM
  • 8
    Its just wow
  • 8
    Fast
  • 8
    Laravel + Cassandra = Killer Framework
  • 8
    Easy to use
  • 7
    Super easy and powerful
  • 7
    Friendly API
  • 7
    Less dependencies
  • 7
    Simplistic , easy and faster
  • 6
    Great customer support
  • 6
    Its beautiful to code in
  • 5
    Php7
  • 5
    Active Record
  • 5
    Fast and Clarify framework
  • 5
    Easy
  • 5
    The only "cons" is wrong! No static method just Facades
  • 5
    Speed
  • 4
    Eloquent
  • 4
    Easy views handling and great ORM
  • 4
    Minimum system requirements
  • 4
    Laravel Mix
  • 4
    Composer
  • 4
    Laragon
  • 3
    Laravel Nova
  • 3
    Laravel casher
  • 3
    Laravel Spark
  • 3
    Intuitive usage
  • 3
    Ease of use
  • 3
    Cashier with Braintree and Stripe
  • 3
    Laravel Forge and Envoy
  • 3
    Laravel Horizon and Telescope
  • 3
    Laravel Passport
  • 2
    Heart touch
  • 2
    Like heart beat
  • 2
    Touch heart artisan
  • 2
    Scout
  • 2
    Rapid development
  • 2
    Laravel love live long

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Cons of Bootstrap
Cons of Laravel
  • 25
    Javascript is tied to jquery
  • 16
    Every site uses the defaults
  • 14
    Too much heavy decoration in default look
  • 14
    Grid system break points aren't ideal
  • 8
    Verbose styles
  • 40
    PHP
  • 27
    Too many dependency
  • 19
    Slower than the other two
  • 15
    A lot of static method calls for convenience
  • 13
    Too many include
  • 10
    Heavy
  • 7
    Bloated
  • 6
    Laravel
  • 5
    Confusing
  • 4
    Does not work well for file uploads in Shared Hosting
  • 3
    Too underrated
  • 2
    Not fast with MongoDB
  • 1
    Difficult to learn
  • 1
    Not using SOLID principles

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What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.

What is Laravel?

It is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.

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Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
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Reviews of Bootstrap and Laravel
Review of
Laravel

I moved from .NET and Rails to Laravel, and since then never thought to go back. I feel Laravel framework has the capability to overcome all modern frameworks.

At Soft Pyramid we are developing rich business applications using Laravel Framework, and never feel any limitation even for complex reporting.We have written REST apis, complex ERP solutions and found awsome in all areas.

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Review of
Bootstrap

我们团队一直在使用bootstrap,非常简单易用,并且有帮助。支持也很到位,很喜欢!用了4年的时间,会持续的用下去,加油!!Bootstrap!!!

Review of
Bootstrap

We have been using it for the past 3 years and have no complaints

Review of
Bootstrap

Good service with a good price, worth the money.

How developers use Bootstrap and Laravel
StackShare uses
Bootstrap

Leanstack was on Bootstrap 2. Chose this because it is wildly popular, so it’s active, has been used a lot in production, and has a ton of features. Anything you need to do from a UI perspective, there’s likely a plugin for it already part of the library. Haven’t tried the others, but we're happy with BS.

For StackShare, we upgraded to Bootstrap 3. I don’t like that they changed the name of columns, essentially breaking the grid layout for Bootstrap 2 and below, so that was a real pain to update. I hope they don’t do that again. Once we have more bandwidth, we’re totally going to decouple our markup from Bootstrap.

shridhardalavi uses
Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a framework to help you design websites faster and easier. It includes HTML and CSS based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, tables, navigation, modals, image carousels, etc. It also gives you support for JavaScript plugins. Bootstrap's responsive CSS adjusts to phones, tablets, and desktops Bootstrap is compatible with all modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera)

CloudRepo uses
Bootstrap

We started with a bootstrap based template and then completely rewrote it due to poor design of the template. Using boostrap properly was a great experience - once you learn it and use it properly, it's simple to use and very good at being responsive and adapting to the various screen view.

Perljobs.Ru uses
Bootstrap

I simply bought a "job board" template for the website, which is written using Bootstrap 2. I'm hoping to upgrade the site to Boostrap 3 when I'll have a time.

Я просто купил шаблон для доски вакансий, написанный на Boostrap 2. Когда будет время перепишу все на Bootstrap 3.

Ujjwal Bhujel uses
Bootstrap

With the advancement in CSS, Bootstrap is creating new milestones when it comes to minimising our CSS codes. So elegant and beautiful yet easy and convenient to use once you go through all the classes and its elements. In addition, its JS function is impressive too.

bright machine uses
Laravel

The best PHP framework right now, intuitive and growing up quickly.

We use Laravel in the outer layer of our Clean Architecture codebases, whereby the domain model does not rely on the framework as a whole.

Kent Steiner uses
Laravel

See "PHP", I don't really choose to use it, but I can step in and operate in Laravel when necessary. Same goes for quite a few other PHP frameworks, including my own full-featured proprietary stack.

Nicholas Alexander uses
Laravel

An excellent PHP framework employing SOLID principles to rapidly develop web-site systems and connect them to databases. Custom development of admin screens for website management.

Doug Bromley uses
Laravel

A clean, easy to understand, well documented framework with excellent tools and a great community providing every imaginable extension to add functionality to your project.

Jake Taylor uses
Laravel

Laravel is the PHP framework we use. It speeds up development and simplifies a lot of PHP. Complicated at first but saves time once you're comfortable with it.