Front-end Frameworks are packages containing pre-written, standardized code in files and folders. They give a base to build on while still allowing flexibility with the final design. Typically, front-end frameworks contain the following components:
- A grid which makes it simple to organize the design elements of the website
- Defined font styles and sizing that varies based on its function (different typography for headings versus paragraphs, etc.)
- Pre-built website components like side panels, buttons, and navigation bars, etc.
Advantages of using a Front-end Framework
There are a lot of good reasons to use a front-end framework instead of starting to write the code from scratch:
- Saves coding time and effort
- Provides a solid foundation for responsive design
- They provide a consistent UI design for developers who lack design skills
- Code is widely used, especially open source
- Built-in Cross-browser compatibility
- Front-end frameworks are widely used, so answers to common problems are easy to find
Comparison between Bootstrap vs UIkit Framework
||Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
||UIkit has a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.
||Hard to customize
It’s quite hard to customise Bootstrap using pre-processors like SASS and LESS, the only real flexibility is with typography and colours.
|Easy to customize
UiKit’s rather minimal style can be easily customizable to create an entirely new look to fit the needs of the designer.
||Websites can start to look the same
If the initial Bootstrap colors and styles are not changed or edited, different websites start looking the same even if they have nothing to do with each other and they are made by different developers.
|Great style even out of the box
UiKit has a pretty good and clean style even out of the box without any customization needed.
||Bootstrap is most popular front end framework
||UiKit is not a very popular framework, especially compared to other options. As such it may be hard to find learning resources other than the official documentation.
||Too many classes
Bootstrap’s over-reliance on HTML classes for styling can get very messy very quickly. This gets problematic down the line because the maintainability of the project gets harder when the project starts to get large.
|Messy code classes
Nested classes become complicated to read to obtain desired result.
||A wide variety of themes available.
To help you avoid the “Bootstrap look”, there are many resources that provide a great selection of themes and templates for Bootstrap.
|Easier to use Joomla! or WordPress starter templates are available.
Some pre-built templates are also available on payment.
||Lack of animations
||Wide variety of animations are available
||Consistency across browsers
|Compatible across browsers
||Great community support
Bootstrap is very popular and has a large community. As a result of this it is much easier to find help with anything you might need. This also gives you a treasure trove of prebuilt components to use and add to your site.
|Limited documentation and community support
||Additional JS libraries are required to download and link.
||All dependencies are bundled in the distribution. jQuery is required, but it is part of the distribution.
||Bootstrap features a flexbox-based grid system by default which has a standard 12-column system.
||Rather than a standard 12-column system, UIkit has broken its layouts into three components: grid, flex and width. Starting with the grid component, you can create as many columns as you wish.
Uikit and Bootstrap, both are good for their own purposes. Uikit provides a variety of animations, being not found in Bootstrap. Whereas, Bootstrap being the most popular framework have huge community support which is lacking in UIkit.