The 3 famous CSS Frameworks – Bootstrap, Foundation, Skeleton – embrace the new reality
The critical question many designers and frontend developers are still facing – should I start using a CSS framework and which one to choose ?
If you have deliberately avoided the CSS frameworks up until now, maybe now is the time to change your mind and embrace the new reality.
The CSS frameworks – and especially Bootstrap – are here to stay.
If you’re not yet familiar with the standalone CSS Frameworks the 3 most popular ones are:
The relative estimation of popularity between the 3 frameworks can be measured via Google Trends.
In order to avoid the generic results for the generic framework names, we are adding a suffix (css). Thus we use the following Google keywords:
- “bootstrap css”
- “foundation css”
- “skeleton css”
Note: We have to admit this is not a perfect way to compare the popularity of the frameworks, but in our case it works.
At the time of writing of this post the popularity ratio between the 3 is about:
100 to 10 to 1
As you can see Bootstrap is the clear winner between the 3 frameworks.
It really is the most popular, the most feature-rich and probably the most forked CSS framework on GitHub.
So we strongly recommend you to start learning Bootstrap as soon as possible.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t review the other frameworks.
In fact, we also recommend that you download the Skeleton framework, so you can see how things are done on the lower level.
Although the grid implementation in Bootstrap is much more complex and versatile than the one in Skeleton, by reviewing the Skeleton CSS you will learn a lot of the fundamental principles on which all of the 3 frameworks are built upon.
This will be very useful for you in your future work with any framework you choose.
Soon we will publish a new post dedicated to Bootstrap.