Front end frameworks are used to help with some of the time consuming coding needed when building a well-designed website from scratch. Foundation and Bootstrap are two of the major contenders in this battle for the best front end framework. Drawing a decision to pick one of the two competitors depends on your level of coding and what type of style you want to incorporate into your web design. By providing a thorough Foundation versus Bootstrap comparison, I intend to resolve which framework is best for you.
What is a front end framework?
Next let?s look at each of these frameworks in a little more detail.
Foundation is a CSS framework designed by ZURB in September 2011. It has a slightly more advanced interface compared to other frameworks. Foundation is compatible on multiple browsers and hand held devices. The responsive menu is one of its greatest assets. The menu is incredible when it comes to functionality and can also be easily styled using CSS. This responsive framework allows designers and developers to create elegant websites with more of a design-it-yourself approach.
- Design-it-yourself approach
- Immense customization settings
- Strong grid system
- Provides rapid development of code
- Easy to use templates available for download
- More complex when trying to customize
- Not a great framework for beginners
- Less popular than Bootstrap
Websites built in Foundation: Adobe, Amazon, Washington Post, Herschel Supply, Pixar Projection, EBay
- Massive community support
- Widest variety of themes
- Best browser capability
- Has both a fluid and fixed pattern grid system
- More development tools available
- Many popular websites are built on this framework
- Not as lightweight when compared to others
- Difficult to use jQuery plugins
- Websites are easily recognizable
Websites build in Bootstrap: Newsweek, Vogue, Indeed, NBA, Walmart, Code Academy
Foundation 6 vs Bootstrap 4
Both these front end CSS frameworks are continuously updating. These updated features enhance the coding process and make creating a web project more efficient.
- Includes XY grids
Foundations default grid system that allows the developer to control the layouts based on both horizontal and vertical positions.
- Smooth scrolling feature
- Easier prototyping
Provides built in functionality to speed up the prototyping process.
Customization menu of Foundation
- Grid system built in flexbox
Bootstrap uses a rewritten grid system built in flexbox with major changes to the grid classes and customization sections.
Simplified form creation and improvements to sizing, alignment and layouts.
- Upgraded Navbar
Earlier versions of Bootstrap allowed for limited customization to the navigation bar. Whereas the latest version allows for more styles of the navigation components to be fully customizable.
Customization menu of Bootstrap
The Final Verdict