Bootstrap vs Web Starter Kit

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Bootstrap vs Web Starter Kit: 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; Web Starter Kit: Boilerplate & Tooling for Multi-Device Development. Web Starter Kit is a starting point for multi-screen web development. It encompasses opinionated recommendations on boilerplate and tooling for building an experience that works great across multiple devices. We help you stay productive and aligned with the best practices outlined in Google's Web Fundamentals.

Bootstrap and Web Starter Kit are primarily classified as "Front-End Frameworks" and "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools respectively.

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, Web Starter Kit provides the following key features:

  • Multi-device responsive boilerplate
  • Living component style guide
  • Cross-device Synchronization

"Responsiveness" is the primary reason why developers consider Bootstrap over the competitors, whereas "Easy to use" was stated as the key factor in picking Web Starter Kit.

Bootstrap and Web Starter Kit are both open source tools. Bootstrap with 134K GitHub stars and 66K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Web Starter Kit with 18.6K GitHub stars and 3.2K GitHub forks.

What is Bootstrap?

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

What is Web Starter Kit?

Web Starter Kit is a starting point for multi-screen web development. It encompasses opinionated recommendations on boilerplate and tooling for building an experience that works great across multiple devices. We help you stay productive and aligned with the best practices outlined in Google's Web Fundamentals.

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    What are some alternatives to Bootstrap and Web Starter Kit?
    Semantic UI
    Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.
    jQuery
    jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML.
    Material
    Express your creativity with Material, an animation and graphics framework for Google's Material Design and Apple's Flat UI in Swift.
    React
    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.
    Foundation
    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.
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    Reviews of Bootstrap and Web Starter Kit
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    Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

    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 ofBootstrapBootstrap

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

    Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

    Good service with a good price, worth the money.

    How developers use Bootstrap and Web Starter Kit
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    StackShare uses BootstrapBootstrap

    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.

    Avatar of shridhardalavi
    shridhardalavi uses BootstrapBootstrap

    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)

    Avatar of CloudRepo
    CloudRepo uses BootstrapBootstrap

    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.

    Avatar of Perljobs.Ru
    Perljobs.Ru uses BootstrapBootstrap

    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.

    Avatar of Ujjwal Bhujel
    Ujjwal Bhujel uses BootstrapBootstrap

    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.

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