In today’s world, when clients want to get their job done as fast as possible, wasting time on writing styling codes from scratch isn’t the best idea.
And hence, to solve this problem CSS Frameworks came into existence.
Now, CSS Frameworks are just bunch of pre-defined codes, which you can directly use in your web application.
I am personally a big fan of Bootstrap, as this framework has almost everything covered which a developer would need while coding a website.
Anyway, we are talking about the five most useful and easy to implement CSS Frameworks, which any developer can use.
As I already said, the Bootstrap Styling Framework is one of the best and widely used styling framework.
It has almost every required styling CSS from buttons to form elements; from tables to grid system.
To use Bootstrap in your application, just download from its official website and include/link the file into your application head tag.
The best part of using Bootstrap is, you can customize every style such as color, size or width as per as your need. Just go to the customize section (over the website) and change whatever you want. Once done, just compile and download.
#2 Pure CSS
Now, the second best CSS Framework is Pure CSS. The best of this framework is, it’s lightweight (less than 4KB).
Now here, installing the Pure CSS is little tricky. If you are a newbie in CSS Frameworks, you might end up in confusion.
First, you simply copy the CDN link and open in a browser tab. Then save the page with whatever name you wish with a .css extension.
Once you are done, copy the file in your application folder and then include/link the file in your application.
You must want to know why I advised not to download. Actually, when you download the Pure CSS, it consists multiple files and you surely end up in confusion on which file to include in the application.
Base is another CSS Framework, which prides itself in a mobile first approach. Now, both Bootstrap and Pure CSS are mobile-friendly frameworks, but Base is something out of the box.
Using Base Framework, you can develop a highly responsive and attractive application for mobiles and tablets.
Another best feature of Base is, it includes both Less and Sass CSS preprocessors, which ultimately saves a lot of time of developer.
Skeleton is another CSS Framework but focuses mainly on the smaller projects as it doesn’t contain wide features like Bootstrap.
The documentation of Skeleton itself explains that the Framework is the only capable of styling a bunch of HTML elements. Additionally, it contains a grid system, to make things mobile-responsive.
In short, Skeleton is basically for those who are looking for a lightweight framework with reasonable styling features.
That’s all folks. These were the four best CSS Frameworks (as far as my knowledge is concerned). If you feel any other framework is better, do share.