Website development is impossible without CSS. And the state of CSS frameworks evolution will dictate the new trends in website development. Recently we shared with you the information about frontend hacking cheatsheets and today we prepared for you the most popular TOP-5 CSS frameworks in 2017 that you’d definitely want to deploy.
A CSS framework is a set concepts and practices that deal with common tasks when writing CSS. It speeds up the mock-up and development processes, makes sure code displays consistently across all browsers, helps keep code tidy, provides solutions to common CSS issues and can even teach good practices. What criteria makes the CSS frameworks considered the best? There are some:
- well-established documentation
- availability of resources to learn from
- support for all major browsers
- preset of styles for various elements
With our TOP-list, we will start right now:
The GitHub star-framework that is considered the best responsive CSS framework. Bootstrap is designed for frontend development specifically, it helps to build web design concepts, mobile first projects, grid systems, typography, buttons and so on. The core principles of Bootstrap are RWD and mobile first. There are a lot of tutorials make this framework one of the most popular.
This is an open-source CSS framework. Foundation is well-known for being incredibly smooth and responsive and can be used for many purposes: building websites, creating email templates, building mobile and web apps. By affording training, support and consultation this framework considered one of the most user-friendly. Apart from mobile first and RWD, It includes semantic.
This open-source and free framework is great in for saving your time and energy. It’s very simple to learn and use.
Bulma has all vital tools that designed to provide you with clear and attractive UI, and it is incredibly modular meaning you can import only those features that are needed. This framework has very readable classes, which again may be a huge advantage for some developers.
This framework is modular and used for creating fast but powerful web interfaces. Ulkit is basically a collection of easily customized components and it has HTML Editor, Flex and other add-ons and unique components. Its core principles are RWD and mobile first and Ulkit is widely used in a lot of WordPress themes.
- Semantic UI
This framework is aimed at making website building process more semantic. Its core feature is utilizing natural language principles thus making the code more readable and easier to understand. The core principles of Semantic UI are tag ambivalence, semantic and responsive. This framework is treating words and classes as exchangeable components and stands out with intuitive JS and simple debugging. Its documentation is well-organized and it has a website with the guide on how to start.
You can compare these 5 frameworks thanks to this table:
Image credits to Anton Shaleynikov
It is essential to remember that some frameworks are ideal for new, fairly experienced, or proficient developers. Therefore, the expertise level is also another factor to consider during the selection process of the framework-kinds.
More CSS frameworks and their rates you can find here:
Along with the CSS frameworks considered the best ones in 2017, there are alternatives that fit any loading speed criteria. Loading speed is a very important quality factor. Therefore, below you will see a list of minimal, lightweight CSS frameworks to create functional and super fast loading websites. They are worth your attention:
- Pure CSS
- Picnic CSS
- Milligram (in TOP-3 lightweight frameworks)
- Waffle Grid
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