Bootstrap vs Material Design Lite: What are the differences?
Bootstrap and Material Design Lite can be categorized 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, Material Design Lite provides the following key features:
- Blog Template
- Dashboard Template
- Text Heavy Webpage Template
"Responsiveness" is the top reason why over 1544 developers like Bootstrap, while over 23 developers mention "Material Design straight from the original creators" as the leading cause for choosing Material Design Lite.
Bootstrap and Material Design Lite are both open source tools. It seems that Bootstrap with 134K GitHub stars and 66K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Material Design Lite with 31.3K GitHub stars and 5.32K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Bootstrap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 7046 company stacks & 1115 developers stacks; compared to Material Design Lite, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 26 developer stacks.
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